College Admissions: ACT and SAT
The ACT and the SAT are college admissions tests required by most colleges. Most college admissions committees will evaluate your application based on your best single-session score, so don't hesitate to send scores from multiple test days. For those of you who don't test well, you'll be glad to know that there are colleges that are test-optional ~ you may still need to take an SAT or ACT, but the score is not a critical piece of your application.
An ongoing conversation in college admissions is the value of the writing portion of these tests. As of July 18, 2018 only 19 colleges require the essay portion of these exams. If you are not applying to one of these colleges, you might choose not to register for the writing portion and save yourself time and money; we do advise you to thoroughly review each college's admissions requirements section on their websites for further guidance.
PSAT: A Practice SAT
The PSAT provides practice for the SAT and qualifies students with high enough scores for National Merit competitions. The PSAT will be administered to JUNIORS on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Pottsboro during the school day. We strongly advise juniors to register to take this test.
- Juniors: You will need to register to take the PSAT. The cost is $16 (if you receive free or reduced lunch, see your counselor for a waiver). Registration will open August 27, 2018 and close on September 6, 2018
PSAT scores from the October test are released to students electronically via email. Students will receive an email in December 2018 with a link and access code. Scores will also be uploaded in Parchment. Watch a short video to understand how to read your score report.
In addition to providing practice for the SAT, scores on the PSAT can qualify students for the National Merit scholarship competition. National Merit Semifinalists are announced in September. Approximately 1.5 million students in about 22,000 high schools take the PSAT. Of those students, about 16,000 are named National Merit Semifinalists and about 34,000 earn Commended designation.