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Pre-College Testing

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You'll need to begin planning early to take the necessary Pre-College testing that will be required as part of your application for admission. Typically you should plan to

  • Register and take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in the fall of your Sophomore year - consider using testing adjustments and auxiliary aids.
  • Consider taking a course to prepare for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Test or for the ACT Assessment (ACT) early in your Junior year.

  • Take the SAT or ACT in the spring of your Junior year. Consider taking them more than once - once with testing adjustments and once without them.

  • Take the SAT again, if appropriate, in your Senior year.

REMEMBER: Requests for test accommodations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and the major testing agencies have set forth guidelines and policies on the provision of test adjustments for students with disabilities. The accommodations requested must be the same as the testing accommodations you are currently receiving in school.

Visit the Web sites of the testing agencies for the latest information on testing dates and making your request for accommodations:

  • Educational Testing Service (ETS)
    Information on all of the tests overseen by ETS and guidance on policies and procedures for requesting testing accommodations.
    The ASSET Student Success System is a paper and pencil placement testing and advising program used by over 700 community and technical colleges nationally.
    COMPASS is a comprehensive computerized adaptive testing system helping two and four year colleges and universities guide students to the courses and campus learning resources that will help them fulfill their individual plans, goals, and needs.