College Admission Testing

  • Most colleges in the United States require college admission testing. High School grades are the most important measure of your readiness for college level work but college admission test scores, in combination with your high school records, are also an indicator of probable college achievement.

    SAT Reasoning Test: www.collegeboard.org

    The SAT Reasoning test was redesigned beginning March 2016. The new test is 3 hours with an optional 50 minute writing portion. The test measures evidence-based reading and writing with a reading test and writing and language test, a math test, and an optional essay. Calculators are permitted for the first math section; the second section does not permit the use of calculators. The new SAT no longer deducts points for wrong answers. The test puts an emphasis on reasoning, the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact.

    SAT Subject Test: www.collegeboard.org

    Subject Tests are one-hour tests in specific subject areas, which are required by some of the more selective colleges for admission or placement. You can take one, two, or three SAT subject tests on the same date; your testing fee will vary accordingly. Check each college’s requirements online or by calling the Admissions Office. A complete list of subject tests is available on their website.

    ACT: www.actstudent.org

    The ACT test contains four curriculum-based tests that measure academic achievement in the areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science; as well as an optional Writing Test. There are 215 multiple choice questions and the test takes 2 hours and 55 minutes. All 4-year colleges accept the ACT.

    TOEFL: http://www.ets.org/toefl

    The Test of English as a Foreign Language is used to evaluate the English proficiency of those whose native language is not English. The test consists of four sections: Listening, Structure, Reading, and Writing. Testing is recommended for students at the 11th grade level or above.

    Fairtest: www.fairtest.org

    A comprehensive listing of colleges and universities that are test-optional and DO NOT require the SAT’s or ACT’s for acceptance.

    Important Information about testing

    • Springfield Township High School CEEB Code: 393515 (list this when registering so that we receive your scores)
    • DO NOT change your personal information on the registration from one test to the next or your records could be lost or delayed. DO NOT use nicknames, you must use the same name you use to apply to colleges, the name that appears on your official transcript. See your counselor if you have questions.
    • Students with disabilities must have accommodations approved by the testing organization, see your counselor.