Category Archives: College Testing

PSAT Scores

Most CHS sophomores and some juniors will take the PSAT test in October, 2016.  Paper score reports will not be available until February.  In the meantime, you can access your scores online by doing the following:

  •   Go to https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/home
  •   If you already have a College Board account, sign in using your user name and password.
  •   If you don’t have an account, click on “Sign-Up” next to the blue “Sign In” button to create your College Board account.
  • VERY IMPORTANT:  create your account with your legal name and DON’T LOSE your user name and password.  You will need them to register for the SAT.
  • If your PSAT scores don’t appear when you log in, click the “Add Scores” button.  You may have to log out and log back in to see them.

 

College Testing

Four year colleges require students to submit either ACT or SAT scores. The ACT is the American College Testing program. The SAT is the Scholastic Aptitude Test. The tests give colleges an indication of a students academic readiness for college level instruction. Most schools accept scores from either test.

Both tests assess students in English and Math. The ACT also includes a Science section. There is also an optional Writing test offered on both the SAT and ACT. The SAT has scores ranging up to 800 in each of the two sections, for a total possible score of 1600. A 4-year college bound student should score 1000 or higher. The ACT has scores ranging up to 36 in each of the four sections, and they also give a composite or average score. A good score for the ACT is 22 and higher.

A student can take the tests as often as they would like, however 2-3 times is on average when scores are the highest. Most colleges will combine the best sub-scores from multiple tests to get a best representation of a student’s ability. Test preparation usually improves test scores, and options vary from self-prep to test prep classes to simply taking the PSAT (Practice SAT) and reviewing results.

It is recommended that top students take the SAT or ACT for the first time at the end of their junior year or when they are taking Honors Algebra 2- as that is the math level tested . Then they can take the test a second time, if so desired, in the early fall of the senior year. This will allow time for the student to have scores sent to colleges between December – February, when most college applications are due.

To register for the SAT, and/or get prep materials, go to http://www.sat.collegeboard.com/

To register for the ACT, and/or get prep materials, go to http://www.actstudent.org/index.html

Other Self-prep options include acquiring prep books from the public library or local book store, or visiting sites, like http://www.number2.com/
or Khan Academy
or http://www.testprepreview.com/
or http://www.actexampracticetests.com/
or http://www.kaptest.com/
or students can access Peterson/s Test Prep through the CHS created CIS Portfolio,http://oregoncis.uoregon.edu/login/login.aspx

For prep classes, students can sign up for classes from:
Saturday Academy
Portland Community College Community Ed – Test Prep

SAT and ACT Dates for 2016-2017

All registration for SAT and ACT tests is online. You must upload a photo (head shot) with your registration.

Neither the SAT nor the ACT are given at Canby High School, but there are testing locations at many area high schools.

The Canby High School CEEB Code: 380-135

SAT Dates:

October 1, 2016

November 5, 2016

December 3, 2016

January 28, 2017

March 11, 2017

June 3, 2017

August 26, 2017

Register for the SAT at: SAT Registration

The SAT with Writing test costs $57.00

ACT Dates:

September 10, 2016

October 22, 2016

December 10, 2016

February 11, 2017

April 8, 2017

June 10, 2017

Register for the ACT at: ACT Registration

The ACT test with Writing costs $56.50