• 2The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is structured similarly to the SAT, has the same sections and timing, and measures the same Reading and Writing and Math skills students learn in the classroom.

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    The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The SAT is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test created and administered by the College Board. 

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  • SAT School Day, which lets you take the DIGITAL SAT at HRVHS on a weekday, will be offered on Tuesday, April 23 or Wednesday, April 24.  Registration paperwork is available in the HRVHS Counseling Office and is due on Friday, March 22nd.  Cost is $60.

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  • sThe PreACT gives students practice taking the ACT. PreACT provides predicted score ranges for the ACT Subject and Composite scores. PreACT also provides a STEM score. Career suggestions based on student goals and interests are provided based on answers to the Student Profile and Interest Inventory.  The PreACT will be offered at HRVHS for 10th graders on Wednesday, March 20th and Thursday, March 21st at CGCC Hood River Campus.  There is no cost to HRVHS students.  Registration form is available in the HRVHS Counseling Office and is due on Friday, February 16th.

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    The ACT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by ACT, Inc.

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  • FairTest

    Which colleges require the SAT or ACT for the college admissions process?

     

    1. THERE ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TEST-OPTIONAL SCHOOLS

    A test-optional college lets students decide whether they want to submit test scores with their application. Most test-optional schools will consider SAT and ACT scores if they are submitted, but focus on other factors they believe are stronger predictors of a student’s potential to succeed in college. These schools look at a student’s essays, recommendations, grades, and coursework just as (or more) closely than your test scores.

    A test-flexible college lets students submit other test scores in place of the SAT or ACT, such as one or more SAT Subject Tests or an Advanced Placement test.

    A test-blind college will not consider test scores, even if you submit them.

    2. TEST-OPTIONAL POLICIES DIFFER FROM COLLEGE TO COLLEGE

    Some test-optional policies come with restrictions. For example:

    • Some colleges require test scores for out-of-state or for students pursuing certain majors.
    • Some test-optional schools may determine your test-optional eligibility using an index calculated from your GPA, test scores, and class rank.
    • Some schools may ask you to submit test scores for placement in the freshman class or to take a placement exam.
    • Some may ask for additional materials instead of test scores, such as samples of your academic work, scientific research, or additional recommendation letters.

    Due to COVID-19, many colleges have changed or lifted some of these restrictions, so be sure to check with the college to confirm how it will use test scores in the admissions process.

    3. OTHER PARTS OF YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE CLOSELY SCRUTINIZED

    Colleges want as much information about you as possible. So, without test scores, it’s likely that other parts of your application -- your grades and grade trends, essays, extracurricular activities, and achievements -- must be strong enough to make the college want to admit you.

    4. TEST SCORES MIGHT BE REQUIRED FOR MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

    Many test-optional colleges look at test scores when awarding merit scholarships, so not submitting them might put you at a disadvantage. Be sure to confirm all scholarship requirements before applying.

    HOW TO FIND OUT WHICH COLLEGES ARE TEST-OPTIONAL

    Go to FairTest for an up-to-date list of accredited colleges and universities that do not use or de-emphasize ACT/SAT scores in their college admissions process. You'll see a number of well-known and selective colleges and universities on this list. In fact, entire university systems have gone test-optional, such as the California State University and University of Texas systems.

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