If your student is planning on pursuing post-secondary training and educational options, please consider the following general guidelines:


  • Military Service:  requires a transcript and often requires ASVAB testing. Check with a branch recruiter for specific requirements. For a specific description of the ASVAB, click this link:  http://official-asvab.com/applicants.htm

  •  2-year colleges:  require a transcript and often require either SAT or ACT scores and/or the Accuplacer.

  •  4-year colleges:  require a transcript and often require either SAT or ACT scores, though some colleges are test-optional for admission.

Different Testing Options

The Accuplacer:

Is a computerized, adaptive assessment that many colleges use for placement purposes. There are either 4 or 5 sections, depending on the institution. They include:  reading comprehension, sentence skills, arithmetic, algebra, and writing.   The results are immediate, and the test is un-timed.  This test is often used to determine whether students are placed in credit bearing courses or developmental courses (required but not counted for credit). Check with individual institutions for cut-off scores and placement policies.

 The SAT and ACT:

Are standardized tests used by many, but not all, 4-year colleges as a part of the Admission process. All Juniors took the SAT last year at MHS as required by the Maine Department of Education. SAT scores can be forwarded to colleges by the student using his/her Collegeboard.com account. Some colleges will accept a paper copy from the Guidance Office, however most colleges require an OFFICIAL COPY OF SCORES which can only be accessed through the student’s Collegeboard.com account.  Students may register through their Collegeboard.com account if they wish to retake the SAT. It is offered 6 times a year. Please go to www.collegeboard.com/sat for more information.

The ACT:

Is a different test used for similar purposes. To register for the ACT, students may go to www.actstudent.org. The ACT is also provided 6 times a year.

SAT Subject Tests: 

These exams are offered at the same time as the SAT, and students register for them by going to their collegeboard.com account.  SAT SUBJECT TESTS ARE USUALLY REQUIRED AT SELECTIVE COLLEGES (i.e. Tufts University, Yale, Colby, etc.). Please don’t register for an SAT Subject Test unless you need to! 

You can register for the SAT Subject tests right through your College Board.com account by going to this page: www.collegeboard.com/sat


The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.

For specific programs, additional testing may be required, such as the HOBET (for occupational therapy applicants) or PAX-RN (for nursing applicants) at KVCC. 

 Additional resources for testing:   https://www.march2success.com/ which has seven full length practice tests for both SAT and ACTs as well as quiz material and flash card study aids.  It's a great way for kids to have an extra leg up on studying for the tests that determine their future no matter which path they choose.

Please be sure to ask in advance if other testing is needed for specific programs.