Pine-Richland High School


Testing

Testing

Throughout the year college admissions tests are administered to college-bound students. It is important students become familiar with these tests.

Information Sources
  • Prep Me  Free Online Course through Naviance. Students access through their Naviance accounts. Go to: http://connection.naviance.com/pinerichland  Log into your account using your email address and password. Click on the Colleges tab.
  • Evening Test Preparation Courses will be made available from the Guidance Office
  • Computer Assisted Instruction is also available on the Web by visiting the SAT Website at www.collegeboard.com and the ACT Website at www.act.org
See Mrs. Whalen for information relating to any of these testing programs.

College Admissions Testing

PSAT
Pine-Richland High School- CEEB Code: 391512

The Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is given in October of a student"s junior year.

Sophomores may seek to take the test in order to become familiar with content and help to identify strengths and weaknesses.

Juniors who do well on the test may qualify for National Merit Scholarship. Students register for the test in the high school Guidance Office.

Additional information can be found at, www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html

PSAT/NMSQT Overview:
  • Takes about two hours and 10 minutes 
  • Taken by high school juniors and available to interested sophomores
  • Given by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) and National Merit Corporation (NMSC) one time per year in October.
  • Measures educational development in three areas and establishes eligibility for certain scholarships.
*The publisher for these tests charges a fee. Students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program may be eligible for discounted rates. See your counselor for more information.

Scholastic Aptitude Testing (SAT)
Pine-Richland High School- CEEB Code: 391512

The SAT is part of the College Admissions Testing Program (ATP) and is usually taken by juniors and seniors.

The test measures how well you analyze and solve problems. Math, reading and writing skills are tested in nine sections (plus one experimental section that will not effect your score)

Students can register by using the registration booklet in the Guidance Office or online at the College Board Website at www.collegeboard.com

SAT- The Scholastic Aptitude Test Overview
  • The duration of the tests is about three hours and 45 minutes in length
  • The test is taken by high school juniors and seniors at PRHS in the fall. Students may also take the test at other centers throughout the year.
  • The test is given by College Board
  • The test is offered seven times per year on Saturdays usually in October, November, December, January, March, May and June.
  • The test is most used by colleges for admission purposes.
*The publisher for these tests charges a fee. Students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program may be eligible for discounted rates. See your counselor for more information.

SAT II Subject Tests
Pine-Richland High School - CEEB Code: 391512

Students take the SAT Subject Tests to demonstrate their skill in five different subject areas:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Language

Some colleges may require one or more of these tests for admission or placement purposes. Make sure to check with each individual college to note if it requires the SAT Subject Tests. Students can register using the paper booklets located in the Guidance Office or online at College Board at: http://www.collegeboard.com/.

SAT II - The Achievement Test ( SAT II)

  • Each test is one hour in length (maximum of three per testing date)
  • Tests are taken by juniors or seniors whose colleges require subject tests
  • Tests are given by the College Board six times per year on Saturdays and is usually offered in October, November, December, January, March, May and June
  • The tests are required by some colleges as an additional indicator of achievement in specific areas (check individual college for information)

*The publisher for these tests charges a fee. Students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program may be eligible for discounted rates. See your counselor for more information.


ACT
Pine-Richland High School- CEEB Code: 391512

ACT, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that administers the ACT Assessment Test. This is a multiple-choice test that measures a students skill in:
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Science
The ACT also offers an optional writing component. Each test is scored on a scale of 1 (low) to 36 (high). Separate scores will be given in each area, plus a composite score, which is an average of these numbers.

Many college and universities will allow students to submit either the SAT or the ACT test scores for admission. Students should check with each college individually to find out which score they prefer.

A copy of Preparing for the ACT Assessment is available in the Guidance Office. Registration booklets are also available in the Guidance Office or students may register online at the ACT Website at www.act.org.

ACT Overview
  • Testing is four hours long
  • Junior and seniors take the test, which is offered in the spring at PRHS
  • ACT Administers the test six times per year on Saturdays usually in September, October, December, February, April and June.
  • The purpose of the exam is to test students in English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning. (Check information from the specific colleges to see if these tests are acceptable in place of, or in addition to, the SAT) The ACT is also offers an optional writing sample at the end of each test.
*The publisher for these tests charges a fee. Students who qualify for the free or reduced lunch program may be eligible for discounted rates. See your counselor for more information.

Advanced Placement Testing

The Advanced Placement examinations offer students an opportunity to receive college credit. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-5. Colleges usually awarded credit for scores 3,4 or 5.

Students are responsible for checking with individual colleges ascertain their Advance Placement policy. These tests are given here at Pine-Richland High School in May.

Students who have been enrolled in Advanced Placement courses are required to the examinations. The 2010-2011 Program of Studies lists the AP courses available at PRHS.

AP Tests Overview
  • Duration is three to four hours
  • Taken by students enrolled in AP courses
  • College Board administers once per year in May
  • The test may fulfill college credit requirements (Information available in the guidance office)
*The publisher of these tests charges a fee. Students who qualify for free and reduced lunch program may be eligible for discounted rates.

PRHS students who score 3,4 or 5 will be reimbursed 50 percent of the cost. Reimbursement forms are available on the district Website. See your counselor for more information.


PSSA- Pennsylvania State School of Assessment

At the high school, the PSSA is administered to the junior class and tests in the areas of:
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Science
The State of Pennsylvania mandates that students scores are recorded on the academic transcript. Therefore, we encourage students to perform their best.

The PSSAs are offered the same time every year.
  • February: Writing Exam
  • March: Mathematics & Reading Exam
  • April: Science Exam
Seniors are given the opportunity to retest during October if they were absent during testing or scored at a Basic or Below Basic level.

Method Test Prep

This fall, your student will be provided access to Method Test Prep, an online course that helps student build skills in:
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • SAT/ACT test prep
Through our school"s Family Connection site, your ninth through twelfth grade student can complete the course and keep track of all the work he or she has completed.

Method Test Prep Highlights
  • Students can listen to math, verbal and writing tutorials
  • Each tutorial is accompanied by a quiz to test student mastery
  • The program is highly adaptive and evaluates the student"s strengths and weaknesses
  • Students have access to a large pool of practice questions and receive instant feedback upon completion of each question. This feedback includes easy-to-understand explanations.
  • Students and parents have seen measurable progress when using Method Test Prep. Method Test Prep uses proven strategies that are clear and easy to understand for any type of learner.
  • The course is interactive and time efficient by keeping students engaged in areas that need improvement.
  • The test preparation can also accommodate the needs of any type of student at any time of day or night most convenient to the student.  
  • Method Test Prep is designed to be used independently or as a supplement to other SAT or ACT prep.
Getting Started
To begin using the course students:
  • Sign into Family Connection at http://connection.naviance.com/pinerichland
  • Click on the "Test Preparation" link, under the Colleges section
Use Method Test Prep independently or as a supplement to other SAT or ACT prep courses.

We hope you will find this resource helpful. We encourage you to contact us with any questions.






Last Modified on August 20, 2012