College Admissions Testing Timetable and Recommendations

  • Sophomores will take the PSAT in October of grade 10.
    RFH will register all sophomores to take the PSAT

    • Results are not predictive but will give students experience taking a high-stakes test.

    • Sophomores have not learned all the material on the test, so they should not be expected to excel, but the results will pinpoint strengths and weaknesses, which should be compared with skills they have been taught.

    Juniors will take the PSAT in October of grade 11.
    RFH will register all juniors to take the PSAT. 

    • The results, in mid-December, provide students with an individualized study plan linked directly with Khan Academy, while keeping them on track to take/repeat SAT’s multiple times in March, May, June, October.

    • Junior PSAT results provide a true baseline from which growth, academic preparation, and readiness to take the SAT, can be measured.

     When high-achieving students do not take the PSAT in grade 11 they forfeit the opportunity to be considered for National Merit 
              Scholarships and National Merit Commended recognition.

     

    SAT Reasoning Test

    A student's first SAT should be taken in the spring of junior year.

    • College Board research indicates that students will earn the highest scores in one of the first 3 times they take the SAT.

    • Taking the SAT more than 3 times may red-flag a student.

    • College Board counts every SAT from 9th grade through senior year in a student's testing history.

    • Students cannot send only one set of scores,  using Score Choice, unless the student earns their highest Reading and Math score on a single test date and will be expected to send all of their scores to each college.

    • Most colleges will SuperScore (pull the highest scores from different test dates), but students cannot do so themselves.

    • Spring test dates are in line with Early Decision and Early Action requirements.

    SAT Subject Tests

    • Only 12 colleges in the US and 4 in Canada and Europe REQUIRE SAT Subject tests from some or all applicants.

    • Some colleges may recommend students take them for placement, but will offer other placement options.

    • Some colleges will accept ACT’s in lieu of SAT and SAT II

    • If a student plans to take SAT Subject tests, they should be taken when the student has completed/is completing the highest level course in that Subject area.   
      For example: If taking Biology Subject test, student should be enrolled in AP Biology or Anatomy and Physiology Honors, not Honors Biology (gr9)  

    ACT

    • ACT, if preferred, should be taken on a similar timetable to SAT.

    • Online practice tests are readily available.

    • All colleges will accept ACT in lieu of SAT.

    • Years ago ACT was regionally accepted in the South and MidWest, While SAT was recognized as the recommended College admission test on the East and West Coasts. That is no longer the case, with all colleges accepting both tests with no preference given.
  • 2018-2019 SAT Test Dates

     

     

    Registration Deadlines

     

    Test Dates

    Regular

    Late

    25-Aug

    27-Jul

    15-Aug

    *6-Oct

    7-Sep

    26-Sep

    3-Nov

    5-Oct

    24-Oct

    1-Dec

    2-Nov

    20-Nov

    *9-March

    8-Feb

    27-Feb

    4-May

    5-Apr

    45-Apr

    *1-June

    3-May

    22-May

     

     

     

     

    2017-18 ACT Test Dates

     

    Test Date

    Registration Deadline

     
     

    Regular

    Late

    *8-Sept

    10-Aug

    26-Aug

    27-Oct

    28-Sep

    14-Oct

    8-Dec

    2-Nov

    20-Nov

    9-Feb

    11-Jan

    18-Jan

    13-Apr

    8-Mar

    25-March

    *8-June

    3-May

    20-May

    13-Jul

    14-Jun

    24-June

     

     

     

     

    *SAT & ACT offered at R-FH

     

         
     

    AP Test Dates

     

     

    May 6, 2019 through May 17,2019

     

     

     

     

    CEED Code: 311335

     Test Center: 31-742