you took the PSAT in your
Junior year and are working towards taking the SAT Reasoning Test
in the Spring. The PSAT contains two 25 minute critical reasoning sections, two 25 minute
math sections and a 30 minute writing section. The test is always
administered in October, with results returning in late
December. When you get your results back, you can see
how your verbal and mathematical skills compare to high
school students across the country who will be applying
for college when you do. This is a very comprehensive
report and gives you a clear picture of your strengths
and weaknesses on the test. Students also have access to "My College QuickStart", CollegeBoard's free personalized tool to prepare students for life beyond high school.
PSAT Testing Dates & Information
National Exams: SAT Reasoning/ Subject Tests & ACT
of the most common and most important high school national
exams are the SAT Reasoning and the
ACT Assessment. These standardized tests not only
measure a student's academic capabilities, but they also
act as a major influence in college admissions.
A question commonly asked is what is the difference
between taking the SAT and ACT - and should you take
tests you take will probably be determined by the requirements
of the colleges you would like to attend. Most accept
either test, the SAT Reasoning or the
ACT. Some colleges prefer one or the other, so check
the catalog or admission procedure section of the college
or university information book to make sure you
know exactly what tests you are required to take. If
you take the exam more than once, most colleges will
consider your best score and not be concerned about
how often you took the test, although we recommend you
not take the test more than three times - and never
without doing some preparation before each new test.
Just re-testing without preparation will not usually
increase your score, and it could go down.
Reasoning Test Dates & Registration
Assessment Test Dates & Registration
.: Should I take the SAT Subject Tests?
are not required by all schools. Competitive colleges
usually require the writing and math tests and ask you
to choose a third test. Many Texas colleges require
that you take the writing and math SAT Subject tests. Check
admission procedures to find out if you have to take
have to register to take the SAT Subject Tests. They are
not a part of the standard SAT Reasoning exam, but
they are usually given on the same day and at the same
place. Each test lasts one hour and you can take up
to three of them on a testing day.
Subject Test Dates & Registration
State Exam: THEA
you are planning to attend a Texas Public University,
you will need to meet the Texas State Initiative (TSI) Standards. If a student is not exempt then the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA)
is the easiest way to meet requirements. We recommend
that you take the test during your senior year. Although
it is not used for admission, there are many schools which
use it as a form of placement. Some students are exempt
from taking THEA - your counselor will be able to tell
you if you need to take the test.
if you are going out of state or to a private school,
you may want to consider taking THEA. For example, if
you want to take coursework at Collin County Community
College in the summer, you will not be permitted to register
unless you have passed all three sections of THEA.
forms are available outside the door to the Counseling
Center or online at www.thea.nesinc.com. Online registration is the preferred way to register.
THEA Passing Standard and Exemption Scores
following scores are required for passing THEA, effective
section passed need not be re-taken.
Test Scores Required for Exemption
from THEA, effective 4/04:
from the THEA requires a student to meet one of the following
composite score of 23
(or higher) with a minimum of 19
on both English and Math tests.
A combined score of 1070
(or higher) with 500 minimum
on both critical reasoning and math tests.
A minimum scale score of 2200
on the mathmatics and 2200 on the Language Arts with a
sub-score of 3 in writing.
composite score of 23
(or higher) can be exempt from THEA math if their ACT
math score is 19 or higher.
A verbal score of 19 (or
higher) will exempt a student from taking the Reading
and Writing portion of th THEA.
A student with a composite of 1070
(or higher) with a score of
500 on Math can be exempt from the Math portion
of THEA. A Verbal score of 500
(or higher) will exempt a student from the Reading and
Writing portion of THEA.
A TAKS math score of 2200
(or higher) will exempt a student from THEA math. A score
of 2200 with a writing sample
of 3 exempts a student from THEA Reading and Writing.