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Gateway Test

The Gwinnett County Public Schools system requires students to pass all sections of the Gateway Assessment. The Gateway Assessment will measure the ability to write effectively in the areas of Science and Social Studies. This assessment is initially administered in the spring of their 10 th grade year. Remediation is available for students who fail any portion of the test. Listen for announcements as to when and where those classes will be held.  Students will have several opportunities to retake the Gateway if they are not successful in their first attempt.

Georgia High School Graduation Test

In order to receive a diploma from a Georgia high school, students must pass all sections of the Georgia High School Graduation Test. These sections are: Writing, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. These tests are administered during the junior year; the writing test is given during the first semester and the remaining sections are given in the spring semester. Remediation is available for students who fail any portion of the test. There are several opportunities to retake the failed portion(s) prior to graduation.

IMPORTANT:  The Georgia High School Graduation Test is being fazed out, except for the Georgia High School Writing Test.  Any current Senior can exempt taking the Graduation Test if they pass the corresponding EOCT.  Any Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior only needs to pass the course that offers the EOCT to get credit for the corresponding graduation test.


EOCT – End of Course Tests

An EOCT is required by the state at the completion of certain classes. Practice tests and information on the EOCT can be found at www.usatestprep.com. Classes that require an EOCT are:

Math I
Freshman Language Arts
Math II
Junior Language Arts
Physical Science
US History




College Entrance Exams


ACT- www.act.org

The ACT ® test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.

  • The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science.
  • The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.


Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 21, 2013 August 23, 2013 August 24–September 6, 2013
October 26, 2013 September 27, 2013 September 28–October 11, 2013
December 14, 2013 November 8, 2013 November 9–22, 2013
February 8, 2014* January 10, 2014 January 11–24, 2014
April 12, 2014 March 7, 2014 March 8–21, 2014
June 14, 2014 May 9, 2014 May 10–23, 2014

Compass – http://www.act.org/compass/

The COMPASS ® computer-adaptive college placement test helps educators:

  • quickly evaluate incoming students' skill levels in Reading, Writing Skills, Writing Essay, Math, and ESL
  • place students in appropriate courses
  • connect them to the resources they need to achieve academic success

(Check with your local College/University for test dates and fees.)

SAT- http://www.sat.collegeboard.com

The SAT Reasoning Test is the nation's most widely used admissions test among colleges and universities. It tests students' knowledge of subjects that are necessary for college success: reading, writing, and mathematics. The SAT assesses the critical thinking skills students need for academic success in college—skills that students learned in high school.

The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. It tells students how well they use the skills and knowledge they have attained in and outside of the classroom—including how they think, solve problems, and communicate. The SAT is an important resource for colleges. It's also one of the best predictors of how well students will do in college. Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800, with two writing sub scores for multiple-choice questions and the essay.
Costs:   $51.00    Regular Registration
            $27.50    Late Registration Fee
            $27.50    Change Fee
            $24.50    SAT Subject Test


Students wishing to take the SAT must pay attention to some IMPORTANT CHANGES.

This year, students can not:

- take the SAT without registering online at collegeboard.com by the due dates (i.e., no "standby").

- Sign up for one testing location (i.e Mill Creek), but show up at another location (i.e. North Gwinnett) (i.e. no "test center change").

- Sign up for one test date, but show up at an earlier or later test date (i.e. no "test date change").

- Test without a registration ticket (the ticket will now include a photo of the student which the student uploads during online registration).

- Sign up for the SAT I, but decide to take the SAT II (or vice versa).

- Each student will need to upload a photo of him or herself when he or she registers online. The photo must be a clear and accurate representation of the student. Admittance to the test depends on a clear and accurate photo.

In other words, the only way a student can take the SAT on October 6th at North Gwinnett High School is if he or she registers for the SAT at collegeboard.com, selects October 6th at North Gwinnett High School by the due date (Sept. 7th) or the late registration date for a little extra money (Sept. 21st) and uploads a clear and accurate photo for the registration ticket.

U.S. Registration Deadlines
2013 - 2014
Test Dates
Regular Registration Deadline
(postmark/submit by)
October 5, 2013
SAT & Subject Tests
September 6, 2013
November 2, 2013
SAT & Subject Tests
October 3, 2013
December 7, 2013
SAT & Subject Tests
November 8, 2013
January 25, 2014
SAT & Subject Tests
December 27, 2013
March 8, 2014
SAT only
February 7, 2014
May 3, 2014
SAT & Subject Tests
April 4, 2014
June 7, 2014
SAT & Subject Tests
May 9, 2014

SAT Subject Tests

Subject Tests (formerly SAT II: Subject Tests) measure your knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, and your ability to apply that knowledge.

The SAT Subject Tests are the only national admissions tests that give you the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of content in specific subjects, such as English, history, mathematics, science, and various foreign languages.

Many colleges use the Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Some colleges specify the Subject Tests that they require for admission or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take. These tests give you and colleges a very reliable measure of how prepared you are for college-level work in particular subjects. Used in combination with other background information (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a dependable measure of your academic achievement and are a good predictor of future college performance in specific subject areas.

The SAT Subject Tests offer you an additional opportunity to show colleges what you know and what you know you can do.

Which Subject Tests should you take?

Before deciding which tests to take, make a list of the colleges you're considering. Then review school catalogs to find out whether the schools require scores for admission and, if so, how many tests and in which subjects.

Use your list of colleges and their admission requirements to help plan your high school course schedule. You may want to adjust your schedule in light of colleges' requirements. For example, a college may require a score from a Subject Test in a language for admission, or the college might exempt you from a freshman course requirement if you do well on a language Subject Test.

Many colleges that don't require Subject Test scores will still review them since they can give a fuller picture of your academic background.

If you're not sure which Subject Test to take from a subject area, talk to your perspective college admissions office or school counselor.

When should you take Subject Tests?

Most students take Subject Tests toward the end of their junior year or at the beginning of their senior year.

Take tests such as World History, Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics as soon as possible after completing the course in the subject, while the material is still fresh in your mind. For foreign language tests, you'll do better after at least two years of study.

Other Tests

PSAT/NMSQT www.collegeboard.com
Date:  Wedensday, October 16, 2013

The Preliminary SAT ®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a co-sponsored program by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:

  • critical reading skills
  • math problem-solving skills
  • writing skills

You have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school. This test doesn't require you to recall specific facts from your classes.

The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:

  • To receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • To see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • To enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11).
  • To help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
  • To receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.
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