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Standardized Testing

In addition to the importance of maintaining good grades, juniors need to be preparing and scheduling their standardized tests; the SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests (if required). Good standardized test scores, even if not required, can be the "tipping point" on admissions decisions and scholarships.  You should start preparing for the SAT as soon as possible.

Summit Test Prep Program PowerPoint Presentation - This PowerPoint provides an overview of the PSAT, SAT, ACT and suggestions for testing timelines and preparation. 

PSATs: Students in grades 9-11 will take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 14th during school. There is no fee for the PSAT.

ANNOUNCEMENT: In partnership with Khan Academy, the College Board is offering personalized, free practice resources for all students

SAT: To access important information about the PSAT, SAT, or SAT Subject Tests, including test dates and deadlines, visit:www.collegeboard.com
Bishop Stang's CEEB #: 221643 (used when registering for exams)
Bishop Stang's Test Center # for the SAT is: 22-596​​

SAT / ACT SCORE CONVERSION CHART

You might be surprised by everything that’s new about the new SAT:

  • All-new essay — and it’s optional
  • No penalty for guessing
  • No vocab that you’ll never use again

Skills Aren’t Bought They’re learned — so brush up on your skills with free, personalized practice from Khan Academy®. Seriously, it’s free and it’s official — go here to practice.
Quick Facts

  • 4 parts: Reading, Writing and Language, Math, and the optional SAT Essay- We are encouraging juniors to take the new SAT at least once with the optional essay.
  • 400–1600 score scale
  • 3 hours and 50 minutes with the SAT Essay — or 3 hours without it
  • 4 answer choices

SAT Subject Tests

  • SAT provides students with the chance to take Subject Tests. A few schools may require you to take some of these tests as additional requirements to your admission application. It's possible you won't need to take any, but you may want to consider it if you have strengths in particular areas. All of your scores from these additional tests will be reported, whether they were required or not. 

ACT

To access important information about the ACT, including test dates and deadlines, visit: www.actstudent.org.
Bishop Stang's Test Center # for the ACT: 225920

  • The ACT consists of four mulitple-choice subject tests: English, Math, Reading, and Science. These are designed to evaluate your overall educational development and your ability to complete college-level work. You'll have 2 hours and 55 minutes to complete the subject tests, not including breaks.
  • Subject test scores (ranging from 1-36) are determined after throwing out any incorrect answers- only correct responses count! The four are then averaged together to come up with your overall, or composite, score.
  • The ACT includes an optional 30-minute writing test (you should take it with writing!) designed to measure you skill in planning and writing a short essay. 

Test Preparation Tools: This document provides a list of online, book, classroom instruction and digital application tools for SAT Prep. Visit our personalized Kaplan Test Prep page to see what is being offered at Bishop Stang High School. There is also a link to FREE self-paced SAT or ACT prep on this website. TutorMe has online ACT Test Prep. Just use the code BISHOPSTANG to sign up for free! 

Free SAT and ACT test prep is also offered at Chegg.com.

Test Optional Schools: Many schools across the country are now test optional. To see a list of these schools, visit www.fairtest.org.