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    9th Grade:

    PSAT:  The PSAT is an optional test open to 9th-11th-grade students.  Students are encouraged to take this exam all three years.  9th and 10th graders are encouraged to take the exam in preparation for when their scores can qualify them for National Merit Scholarship Competition in their junior year.  The PSAT/NMSQT assesses reading, math, and writing skills, provides practice for the SAT, feedback on strengths and weaknesses, and AP potential for future course planning, and connects students with scholarships and online tools.  It is administered at the high school in October.  Registration begins in August and requires submitting a registration form and fee to the Guidance office.  Registration information will be advertised on our website and through daily student announcements.  More information about the PSAT can be found here: https://www.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt

      

    10th Grade:

    PSAT: See also above.  The PSAT is an optional test open to 9th-11th-grade students.  Students are encouraged to take this exam all three years.   More information about the PSAT can be found here: https://www.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt

     

    TCAP Writing Assessment: See also above.  All 9th-11th-grade students will take the TCAP Writing Assessment during a testing window in February each year.  More information about the TCAP Writing Assessment can be found here: http://www.tn.gov/education/assessment/writing_assessment.shtml

     

    AP Exams: Students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses are encouraged to take the corresponding AP exams that are administered in May each year.  Students potentially can earn college credit and placement, saving both time and money.  Each college/university makes its own decision about minimum scores for earning credit, placement, and how credits are applied.  Information about registration, payment, and deadlines will be available through the Counseling office and posted on the website each Spring.  Students who are on fee waiver are eligible for fee reduction but need to indicate this to the Guidance secretary upon registration.  More information about the AP program can be found here:

    https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/home

     

    11th Grade:

     PSAT: See also above.  The PSAT is an optional test open to 9th-11th-grade students.  Scores from the junior year can qualify students for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.  The PSAT/NMSQT assesses reading, math, and writing skills, provides practice for the SAT, feedback on strengths and weaknesses and AP potential for future course planning, and connects students with scholarships and online tools.  The test is in October, with registration beginning in late August. To register, students submit the form and fee to the Guidance office.  More information about the PSAT can be found here: https://www.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt

     

    TCAP Writing Assessment:  See also above. All 9th-11th-grade students will take the TCAP Writing Assessment during a testing window in February each year.  More information about the TCAP Writing Assessment can be found here: http://www.tn.gov/education/assessment/writing_assessment.shtml

     

    ACT:  The ACT is a college readiness assessment and educational/career planning tool, and colleges use ACT scores for admissions purposes.  Students may take the ACT, SAT, or both, though the ACT is more commonly used by colleges in Tennessee.  The ACT consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, Math, Reading, and Science.  The ACT Plus Writing includes the four multiple-choice tests plus a writing test.   Some colleges/universities require the writing portion, but many do not.  Check each college’s admissions requirements to know which test(s)is required.  The state of Tennessee provides all juniors with one voucher for the ACT (No Writing) for free.  The Guidance office distributes the vouchers. which can be used when registering for a national Saturday ACT test date.  The ACT also is offered during school in March for juniors who are unable to test on a Saturday test date.  Vouchers may be used for this test administration; juniors who use vouchers to test prior to the in-school test date are not permitted to test on this date as well.  Students may take the ACT multiple times for a fee.  Further information about test dates, registration, and fees visit http://www.actstudent.org/.

     

    SAT: The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that tests students’ knowledge in the areas of reading, writing, and math.  Colleges use scores from the SAT for admissions purposes.  Students may take the SAT, ACT, or both.  Some colleges/universities require the SAT or SAT Subject Area Tests. Check each college’s admissions requirements to know which test(s) is required.  For more information about test dates, registration, and fees, visit http://sat.collegeboard.org/home.

     

    AP Exams: See also above. Students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses are encouraged to take the corresponding AP exams that are administered in May each year.  More information about the AP program can be found here:

    https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/home 

     

    12th Grade:

     ACT/SAT: Retake ACT or SAT if needed in the fall and/or winter of senior year.

     

    AP Exams: See also above. Students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses are encouraged to take the corresponding AP exams that are administered in May each year.   More information about AP exams can be found here:

    https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/home 

     
     
    Read more here about the ACT vs SAT
     

Testing Dates

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    AP Exam registration form:  AP exam form for 2020
     
     
    PSAT: The PSAT test is optional for students and is given once a year in October. Registration for the fall of 2019 will be through the Guidance office beginning in September.
     
     
     
     
      
    Click HERE to learn more about testing information by grade level.
     
     
    Testing Coordinator: Erika.griggs@knoxschools.org 

Testing Resources

  • Test Prep Sites:

    Practice and register for the ACT.    
    Practice and register for the SAT.   
    Find strategies for taking the SAT & ACT at NextStepU.  
    March2success provides full-length practice SAT & ACT exams with customized lesson plans, allowing students to skip through what they already know.
     
    New ACT and AP Practice Tests 
    Sixteen (16) newly revised ACT practice tests covering English, reading, math, and science were added to meet the latest official test specifications. Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics practice exams are now available and there are new AP European History exams to match the test redesign. All are in the College Preparation Center. 
    Khan Academy is now the official practice partner for College Board/AP https://www.khanacademy.org
     
    Sixteen (16) practice tests and five (5) test preparation tutorials will be added to the College Preparation Center for the SAT test. It includes an “Introduction to the SAT” tutorial, and a tutorial and four (4) practice exams each for the Reading, Writing and Language, Math, and Essay test sections.
     

PSAT/NMSQT Resources for 10th-11th Grades

PSAT 8/9 Resources for 9th Grade

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