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PSAT

The PSAT test, is a practice test for the SAT exam.  Students in the 9th, 10th, and 11th graders 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.
  • All Clovis Unified 11th grade students will take the PSAT free of charge and are automatically registered.

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. Students can take the PSAT during 9th, 10th and/or 11th grades -- all Clovis Unified 11th grade students are automatically registered and take the test free of charge. 9th and 10th graders interested in taking the PSAT can register and pay on-line.

The next administration of the PSAT will be October 16, 2019. The link to register can be found on this webpage in September 2019.


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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