The ACT Test
The ACT test is a college entrance examination and measures mastery in five areas: English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. The test is offered at CCHS throughout the year. Please visit www.act.org for more information and to register for the ACT. We encourage students to begin to take the ACT early in their junior year. Students are encouraged to take the ACT at least three times because most students tend to improve their score each subsequent time. Many colleges will not accept ACT scores after October of the senior year.
The PSAT/NMSQT Test – Wednesday, October 19th
The PSAT/NMSQT is a practice version of the SAT test and qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. Sophomore and junior students may choose to take this test for a nominal fee ($15) for the purpose of prepping for the SAT, qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship, gaining valuable feedback on academic skills, and having access to free college and career planning tools (all students taking the PSAT will be given access to My College Quickstart, an online college and career prep tool). The PSAT test is administered during the school day in the fall. Students will be informed of whether or not they move on in the scholarship competition in September of the following school year.
PSAT 2016/2017 Dates
All 9th graders – September 27th
All 10th Graders – February 23rd
The SAT Test
The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are globally recognized college admissions exams designed to assess academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support, and scholarships, in a way that’s fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century. The test measures knowledge of reading, writing, and math skills. The SAT and other College Board tests are offered several times a year. Most students take the SAT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year.
AP (or Advanced Placement) courses are designed to deliver college-level curriculum and content at the high school level. Students pay to take an exam in the spring to measure they mastery of the course material. If the student scores high enough (each college has different requirements about what scores they will accept), he/she will be granted college credit for the course. AP classes are a great way for high school students to earn free college credit in high school (excepting the cost of the AP exam). CCHS offers three AP classes: AP Government, AP English, and AP Calculus.