College Entrance Exams & Credit by Exam

Dates Test Deadline
2016-2017 SAT TEST DATES AND REGISTRATION DEADLINES

  To register online, go to College Board.
(May register after deadline for a fee)

October 1 SAT & Subject Tests September 1
November 5 SAT & Subject Tests October 7
December 3 SAT & Subject Tests November 3
January 21 SAT & Subject Tests December 21
March 11 *SAT Only (new test format) February 10
May 6 SAT & Subject Tests April 7
June 3 SAT & Subject Tests May 9

 

2016-2017 ACT TEST DATES AND REGISTRATION DEADLINES

To register online, go to ACT.
(May register after deadline for a fee)

Date    Deadline       
September 10 August 7
October 22 September 16
December 10 November 4
February 11, 2017 January 13
April 8 March 3
June 10 May 5

 

 

PRELIMINARY SAT

WHY TAKE THE PSAT? The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is administered nationwide on one of two days in October of each year. Calvary will be administering the PSAT to all 9-11 high school students on the Wednesday testing date as determined by College Board. Students (Juniors in particular) must bring some form of photo ID. (PSAT Photo Identification Requirements)

The PSAT offers great preparation for the SAT.  Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT in their 11th grade year of high school and meet other program entry requirements may enter the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Being named a National Merit Scholar is an honor that opens many doors to college acceptances and large amounts of scholarship money. DCA offers 9th and 10th grades the opportunity to take the PSAT in order for them to get a head start on improving skills and knowldege needed for success in college and career.

Students will get both an online score report at studentscores.collegeboard.org and an official paper score report.  The score reports will include a total score, section scores, and individual test scores, all of which will give your student better insight to his or her performance.  Students will be able to see which answers they got right or wrong.  They will also get information on how to improve their academic skills.

Students will get free, personalized, online SAT practice recommendations on Khan Academy based on their test results.

One of the best ways for students to prepare for the PSAT is to become familiar with the test and its format.  Students should review the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide along with taking the practice test to help them understand all the directions and be familiar with the types of questions that will be asked.  In addition, students can go to collegeboard.org/psatpractice for free additional practice.

Please BRING the following to the test:
- A current photo ID (driver’s license, school ID, passport, student ID form provided by the school, etc.) (optional for 9th-10th grade - mandatory for 11th grade students)
- Two sharpened #2 pencils with erasers (Do NOT bring mechanical pencils.)
- An approved calculator (http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about/calculator.html)  Calculators will NOT be provided if you forget yours.
- Your social security number (optional; only if you want your PSAT and SAT scores linked)
- Your email address (optional; for the College Board to contact you about special items of interest)

Please DO NOT BRING the following:
- A cell phone (if you must have one for emergencies, it must be powered off and left at the front of the room until completion of the test)
- Any electronic device (IPOD, CD player, etc.)
- Any books, papers, pens, highlighters
- Snacks & water are not allowed at the student's desk.

Tips for taking the PSAT/NMSQT

Encourage your students to follow these approaches and strategies:

  • There is no penalty for guessing – answer every question to the best of your ability.

Take the practice test in The Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT or online
Learn the directions for each type of math and critical reading question.
Earn as many points as they can on easy questions.
Read all the answer choices before marking their answer sheets.
Do their scratch work in the test book.
Work steadily without wasting time on hard questions—they can always go back to them later.
Check their answer sheets regularly to make sure they're in the right place.
Write answers to grid-ins in the boxes above the ovals.
Take a calculator on test day.

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ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) EXAMS

The College Board does not require students to complete an AP course before taking an AP exam to earn college credit. Advanced Placement Exams are offered each May in most school districts. Students must score a 3, 4, or 5 to earn college credit. There are 37 exams across 22 subject areas including: English , Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Mathematics, Natural and Computer Sciences, Social Sciences, and History. For more information, go to Advanced Placement on College Board's website.

COLLEGE-LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM® (CLEP)

The CLEP is a series of exams in 34 introductory college subjects that allow students to earn college credit for what they already know, regardless of how the knowledge was acquired-through advanced coursework, independent study, work experience, professional development, or extracurricular activities. CLEP exams are scheduled throughout the year at college campuses and are open to anyone. If you are interested in a CLEP exam, you should review the exam description and recommendations on the College Board website. Check with your chosen college(s) to find out more about examinations on their campuses or contact CLEP: (800-257-9558) or CLEP@info.collgeboard.org