Frequently asked questions about standardized testing:
Q: How does my teen know which test is right for him or her?
A: Our recommendation is to take a practice test for the SAT and ACT in the summer between sophomore and junior year. The results can help your teen determine which best suits his or her learning style. Most test prep companies, tutors and high school College and Career Centers offer free diagnostic tests.
Q: Does my teen need to take both the SAT and ACT?
A: No. In general colleges accept either test. It is best to confirm this by checking the individual college admission requirements.
Q: When should my teen take these tests?
A: Carefully examine your teen's academic and extracurricular schedule and select test dates during the Junior year that present the least amount of conflict. If students would like to retake a test, they should do so during the fall of senior year.
Q: What are subject tests and does my child need to take them?
A: Subject tests are hour long content based tests that allow students to show mastery of a single subject like Physics, Chemistry, Foreign Language, US History or English. Tests are taken on a national test date and cannot be combined with the SAT Reasoning exam. Not all subjects are offered on all test dates. Some colleges require two or three subject tests and many colleges recommend them. During the Cornerstone Session we'll discuss if this is the right path for your teen.