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PSAT

The PSAT/NMSQT - which includes a Reading Test, a Writing and Language Test, and a Math Test  - is administered at Buchanan High School in mid-October each year. This year the test has been scheduled to be administered on October 13. Students in the 11th grade are eligible to take this exam in preparation for the SAT.  This test provides an excellent opportunity to participate in a National testing program, and can be an effective diagnostic tool. There is no passing score for this test.

The benefits of taking the PSAT Test are:

  • A practice test for the SAT Reasoning Test;
  • An avenue for connecting students to colleges and scholarship organizations;
  • A comprehensive report with information about every question – including correct answers, student responses, and difficulty level, along with student’s own test booklet.

SAT

Buchanan High School Code: 050618  
 
As the nation's most widely used college admission test, the SAT is taken by more than two million students every year and is accepted by virtually all colleges and universities. The SAT tests the reading, writing and math skills that are critical for success in college and beyond. The SAT also provides the opportunity for you to connect to scholarship opportunities, place out of certain college courses,and learn more about your academic strengths. 

Four year college-bound students should take the SAT during the spring of their junior year and again during the fall of their senior year. Most colleges require students to take the SAT no later than the December test date.

New! Official SAT test practice is available through Khan Academy. Practice anytime, anywhere, at no cost.
 

ACT

Buchanan High School Code: 050618 
 
The ACT is accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the United States. The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. The test questions on the ACT are directly related to what you have learned in your high school courses in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Every day you attend class you are preparing for the ACT. The harder you work in school, the more prepared you will be for the test.

Four year college-bound students should take the ACT during the spring of their junior year and again during the fall of their senior year. Most colleges require students to take the ACT or SAT no later than the December test date.
 

Advanced Placement Testing (AP)

AP exams are taken each year during the month of May. Exams are scored on a 5 point scale and most colleges and universities award college credit for scores of 3, 4, or 5. The amount and type of credit varies by institution. Students who are in need of special accommodations must notify their teacher and AP Coordinator upon enrollment in the course.
  
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