PSAT/NMSQT

PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10
Cost:

Schools order all PSAT related materials and submit payment to the College Board. The cost to students depends on what percentage of the cost to administer the exam is covered by their respective school districts. 

 

Fee Waivers:

The school, not the student, requests fee waivers for eligible low-income students. 

 

Score Report:

Students can access their online score report. Schools should facilitate information sessions to provide context and assist students with understanding their results. 

  • The PSAT is not a practice exam for the SAT. On the contrary, taking the  Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in your junior year is what qualifies you for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

 

  • PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9 scores won't qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program; however, they offer extra practice before junior year.​  

 

AP Exams

AP Exam Registration

Cost:

Each exam- $94/ AP Seminar or AP Research- $142 

Schools order all AP related materials and submit payment to the AP Program. The cost to students depends on what percentage of the cost to administer the exam is covered by their respective school districts. 

 

Fee Waivers:

The school, not the student, requests fee waivers for eligible low-income students.  

 

Sending Scores:

Students will receive one free score to send to their desired institution, however, that courtesy has an expiration date. In previous years, students had to indicate the score recipient on the day of the exam. Additional requests to send scores will cost $15.

Students can request one or more AP Exam scores to be withheld from any college or scholarship program that they choose as a score recipient.

  • Most Advanced Placement courses are offered in 11th & 12th grade. However, certain subjects are available to academically prepared 9th & 10th graders. AP Exams generally take place in May of each year.

 

  • Achieving a score of 4 or 5 on an AP Exam can increase your  likelihood of earning college credit or bypassing eligible introductory-level courses. This can result in graduating early and paying less over time.

  • Be sure to refer to each school's

AP Credit Policies.

 

SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject Test Registration
Cost:

Registration- $24/ Each Subject Test- $22/ Each Language Test with Listening- $26

Students will need to log in to their College Board accounts to register. 

Fee Waivers:

Once an eligible student registers with a fee waiver (either for the SAT or SAT Subject Test), they’ll have access to a full set of fee waiver benefits reflected in their College Board account.

Accommodations:

Students with approved accommodations will need to enter their SSD number (listed on their eligibility letter) on the registration form. 

Sending Scores:

Students will have four registration score reports but will only have up to 9 days to send them. Additional requests to send scores beyond the timeframe will cost $12.

  • SAT Subject Tests showcase your knowledge in specific subject areas.  It is recommended that you take Subject Tests when the corresponding course concludes or by your junior year of high school.

  • Earning scores with 600 or higher can increase your likelihood of being considered for selective schools, competitive academic programs, bypassing introductory courses, or earning college credit. 

 

  • The College Board's website states to inquire with colleges directly about their Subject Test policies to confirm whether they are required or  recommended.  

 

SAT

CollegeBoard SAT Registration
Cost:

SAT- $49.50/ SAT with Essay- $64.50

Students will need to log in to their College Board accounts to register. 

 

Fee Waivers:

Once an eligible student registers with a fee waiver (either for the SAT or SAT Subject Test), they’ll have access to a full set of fee waiver benefits reflected in their College Board account.

Accommodations:

Students with approved accommodations will need to enter their SSD number (listed on their eligibility letter) on the registration form. 

Sending Scores:

Students will have four registration score reports but will only have up to 9 days to send them. Additional requests to send scores beyond the timeframe will cost $12.

  • You can choose to take the SAT, ACT, or both. Most colleges and universities will accept both scores and do not favor one test over the other.

 

  • SAT scores with 600 or higher in the EBRW & Math sections respectively can increase your likelihood of being considered for selective schools, competitive academic programs, and scholarship opportunities.

 

Khan Academy SAT Prep

Khan Academy

  • The College Board collaborated with Khan Academy to offer FREE official SAT prep materials.

 

  • Khan Academy offers practice exercises, full- length exams, instructional videos, and more. 

 

PreACT Registration
Cost:

School districts determine whether or when to administer the PreACT. If offered, the school orders all PreACT related materials. The cost to students depends on what percentage of the cost to administer the exam is covered by their respective school districts.  

Score Report:

Colleges do not consider PreACT scores in the admissions process.

View this sample supplemental guide that students receive to understand their scores. 

PreACT

  • Your estimated ACT score can serve as an indicator of your college and career readiness.

 

  • If offered by your school district, the Preliminary ACT (PreACT) provides sophomores low-stakes practice in a high-stakes environment. Student outcomes help parents and educators identify areas where additional support might be necessary. 

  • Note: Currently, the PreACT, unlike the PSAT, is not affiliated with any prestigious scholarship opportunities.  ​​

 

ACT

Cost:

ACT- no Essay- $55.00/ ACT with Essay- $70.00

Each year, states and school districts can elect to cover the cost to administer the ACT exam through registration vouchers.

 

Fee Waivers:

If the test is not covered by the state or school district, eligible students can register with a fee waiver provided by their school counselor. Students will have access to up to 20 waiver benefits reflected in their ACT account.

 

Accommodations:

Students request accommodations when registering for the test and must alert their school counselors when they receive a follow-up email. The Consent to Release Information to ACT form will need to be signed and sent back to ACT along with any necessary documentation. ACT will render a decision once all of the requested documentation is received. Students will have an opportunity to appeal the decision and submit additional documentation for further consideration if the accommodation request is denied. 

Sending Scores:

Students will receive four complimentary score reports to send to colleges. Additional requests to send scores beyond the timeframe will cost $13.

  • You can choose to take the ACT, SAT, or both. Most colleges and universities will accept both scores and do not favor one test over the other.

  • Earning an ACT score of 25 or higher can increase your likelihood of being considered for selective schools, competitive academic programs, and scholarship opportunities.

ACT Academy

ACT Academy
  • ACT Academy is a free online  program designed by the official creators of the ACT, which offers  FREE assessments, video lessons, educational games, important reminders, test-taking strategy tips, and full-length practice tests.

  •  It offers personalized test prep based on your previous scores on either the ACT or PreACT, along with your results when completing practice problems and practice tests.

ACT Online Prep

ACT Online Test Prep
  • Although ACT Online Prep does not currently offer private tutoring, you can practice at your own pace.

 

  • A six- month subscription costs $39.95 and includes: 

    • Personalized learning paths

    • Practice tests with real ACT test questions

    • Comprehensive content review

Kaplan

Kaplan ACT and SAT Preparation
  • Kaplan offers free online test preparation for the ACT, SAT, and other standardized exams. 

 

  • One-on-one tutoring starts at $299, offering a range of services and promotional periods.

The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review SAT and ACT Preparation
  • The Princeton Review offers free online test preparation for the ACT, SAT, and other standardized exams. 

 

  • One-on-one tutoring starts as low as $150, offering a range of services and promotional periods. 

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