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Standardized tests are used for college admissions and scholarship opportunities. If you're not sure whether you should take the SAT or the ACT, we recommend taking both at first to see which one you perform better on, and then taking that test an extra time or two to improve your score. You may also find this side-by-side comparison helpful (source: Princeton Review):

It's also important to note that preparing for these tests in advance throughout high school can make a significant difference in scores. For this reason, Pierson encourages all students to take advantage of the many free test prep tools available to them. Check out these resources!

Method Test Prep for ACT and SAT - Via Castle Learning, this comprehensive prep tool includes everything from full-length tests, to skills assessments, to flashcards. All students have access via their school Castle Learning account. Sign in to Castle Learning and click "Method Test Prep" to get started. (This can be accessed on mobile devices too!)

Apps - there are dozens of apps for smart phones and iPads. Quality apps include: The Official SAT Question of the Day, SAT UP, ACT UP, and many more! (Don't forget to download the Naviance App while you are at it!)

In addition, each spring Pierson hosts an SAT prep class. The class is taught by HS faculty and is run in the evenings in March and April in preparation for the May SAT administration. The fee for this and the dates will be announced each winter via a mailing sent to all juniors. Please contact the principal's office for more information.

When you are ready to take the SAT or ACT make sure to register early to get your choice of testing center location. Local schools that test include: Southampton, East Hampton, Shelter Island, Hampton Bays, Riverhead, the Ross School, and many others across Long Island. 

For information on test dates, or to register for either test, check out SAT.org or ACT.org