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College Admissions Testing

SAT, ACT and PSAT Information

Most comprehensive four-year colleges require students to submit assessment scores for admission. For the majority of these colleges, students have a choice between the SAT Reasoning and the ACT. In addition, private universities and some out-of-state public colleges require students to complete 1-3 SAT Subject tests. All students taking the ACT should make sure to take the optional Writing section, and all students taking the SAT should take it with the optional Essay.  Although not all colleges require the Writing section (ACT) and optional Essay (SAT), all of the schools in the UC system will be REQUIRING those components of each test.

The UC system is no longer requiring SAT Subject tests, but subject tests may be recommended for certain majors.

The official College Board sponsored PSAT is held once a year in October, and is offered at Lynbrook to 10th and 11th grade students.

Prior to completing the official exams, many students opt to take practice or mock exams. Practice books and booklets are available at the College and Career Center.

Recommended Testing Timeline


Freshman Year (9th) *No testing - focus on transitioning successfully into high school. Study hard and join clubs, sports teams, and participate in school & community activities.
Sophomore Year (10th) *  Take the PSAT in October and/or mock exams when offered
*  SAT Subject test in May/June if you complete a course you feel confident about
Junior Year (11th) *  Take the PSAT in October and/or mock exams when offered
*  Take the SAT Reasoning and/or ACT exams in spring (both offered several times from January through June)
*  SAT Subject test in May/June if you complete a course you feel confident about
Senior Year (12th) *  Most colleges accept test scores through December of senior year, but some require testing completed by October - check their websites
*  Use the fall to retake tests to improve scores if necessary



SAT, PSAT, and ACT Links

Test Description
ACT The ACT Test is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college.
PSAT The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.
SAT Reasoning The SAT provides a trusted, nationally recognized indicator of your academic readiness for college. In a way, the SAT is the bridge between the hard work you’ve already done and the college that is the best fit for the future you are about to create.
SAT Subject Tests Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where you excel. These are the only national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your achievements and interests.

Test Prep Information

Official Exam Preparation
ACT SAT Reasoning
PSAT SAT Subject Tests

There are various companies that offer test preparation courses for the SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject Tests and ACT.  There is more information about these programs in the College and Career Center.  None of them are official Lynbrook HS programs.

Company Offerings Cost Description
Private Test Preparation
Testive ACT and SAT Free; additional options with cost Custom online test prep
ACT Practice Exams ACT Practice Questions Free ACTExamPracticeTests.com exists to provide the best possible information on ACT exam practice tests.
Cognitive Advantage ACT, PSAT, SAT Per session tutoring Cognitive Advantage was founded to fill a need for increased performance on tests, and in school.
Kaplan Test Prep ACT, PSAT, SAT $299-$999 Established in 1938 by Stanley Kaplan, Kaplan provides higher education programs, professional training courses, test preparation materials and other services for various levels of education. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Washington Post Company.
Chegg.com ACT, SAT free for now Free beta site
C2Educate ACT, PSAT, SAT $30 & up for individualized tutoring Offers subject tutoring and test prep classes as well as personalized guidance in small group settings.
Number2 ACT, SAT Free Number2.com's online test preparation courses are totally free! By creating an account you can access a customized course that includes user-friendly tutorials, practice sessions that dynamically adapt to each student's ability level, a vocabulary builder, and more.
Princeton Review ACT, SAT $169-$2800 Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review has long been a leader in helping college and graduate school–bound students achieve their higher-education goals through our test-preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, as well as through online courses and resources and print and digital books.
Shmoop SAT Plans vary. Practice tests and information.
US News and World Report Information on SAT, PSAT, ACT Free Articles and information about test prep.