• College Testing Information for ACT, SAT, and PSAT/NMSQT

    This information is about standardized tests for college admissions.

    Most colleges/universities use both the SAT provided by College Board and ACT provided by American Testing Services for admissions decisions. Many of our students find that the ACT exam format is more familiar to them than the SAT and find it an easier test to take than the SAT. Most schools in the country including our local universities (PSU, LHU, PCT) accept either SAT or ACT. 

    If a student's ACT score is better than their SAT score, the school will use that for admissions decisions. If the student's ACT score is not better than their SAT, they'll use the SAT score. Generally, other than cost, there is basically no downside to taking both exams at least once.

    The PSAT/NMSQT is offered as a preliminary SAT as a great way to practice for the SAT. For 11th grade students their score on the PSAT/NMSQT may be tied to scholarship opportunities. 

    12th grade students should take the ACT or SAT in time for their scores to arrive at the colleges they plan to apply prior to the colleges' application deadlines. If application timeliness is a concern, review test score reporting/release dates before making ACT and/or SAT registration decisions.

    Late registration for the ACT, PSAT/NMSQT and SAT will incur fees. At the time a student registers for the ACT and SAT they should indicate to send their scores to the colleges (and NCAA if needed) that they want to receive their test scores. Sending scores at a later date will incur fees.

    NCAA for College Bound Student Athletes

    If a student is a potential NCAA College Bound Student Athlete they must also send their ACT/SAT scores directly to the NCAA. Send scores to code 9999. 

    For NCAA eligibility information refer to the NCAA Eligibility Center website.


    For ACT Registration, Test Center Locations, Dates, and Codes refer to: http://www.actstudent.org/regist/centers/

    ACT Score Reporting Dates can be found at:


    ACT What to Bring on Test Day: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-day.html


    For SAT Registration, Test Dates, Find Test Centers and Preparation refer to: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines

    For the SAT Score Release Schedule go to: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores

    SAT Test Day Checklist: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/test-day-checklist


    The PSAT/NMSQT will be offered at BAHS on the Saturday test date required by CollegeBoard.

    PSAT stands for Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test. NMSQT stands for National Merit Qualifying Test.

    The CollegeBoard only offers the PSAT/NMSQT exam once per year in October so this is the only opportunity to take PSATs for the school year. For juniors only, it is also the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. For that purpose, it has to be taken during the 11th grade school year. It is shorter than the SAT so it provides nice practice for the longer SAT exam. 
    Students will sign-up and pay for the PSAT/NMSQT in the High School Guidance Office. Please look for  notices regarding the price and sign-up process in early September each year. Fee waivers are available for eligible 11th grade students only. Registration is open to BASD students only. Sign-up is limited with preference to 11th grade students, then 10th grade, then as space is available to 9th grade.

    For PSAT/NMSQT "Inside the Test" information refer to: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test

    PSAT/NMSQT Test Day Checklist: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/taking-the-tests/test-day-checklist

    College Testing Fee Waivers

    College Board (PSAT/NMSQT, SAT) and American College Testing (ACT) permit Fee Waivers for eligible 11th and 12th grade students. Please contact your high school counselor if your college testing student may be in need of, and eligible for, a college test fee waiver.  

    Special Testing Requests for Test Accommodations

    Contact your student's School Counselor if your child has an identified disability that allows special testing services in school through an IEP or 504 Plan, and you would like to request special testing services for the PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, and/or ACT, and/or possibly Advanced Placement (AP) exams.  

    A student with testing accommodations provided through the school is not sufficient to receive accommodations through College Board and/or ACT. If your child is not taking the tests this school year but will be taking these tests in a future year, it is prudent to move forward with the process to have the accommodations approved now to have in place later. The review process is thorough, and potentially can take as long as seven weeks to review a request when documentation is required.  It is best to begin the process early!

    All accommodations must be approved by College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). If a student tests with accommodations that have not been approved by College Board, their scores will not be reported.

    For further information regarding the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities® (SSD) for PSAT, SAT, and AP exams go to:


    For the calendar for College Board accommodation requests go to:

    The American College Testing (ACT), also offers Special Testing through their Services for Students with Disabilities.

    For the ACT special testing site for further information: 



    SAT and/or ACT Scholarship Opportunities

    With the SAT and ACT, regardless of the exam you choose to take, start exploring their College Scholarship Opportunities now. 

    The College Board Scholarship Opportunity information can be found here: https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/

    The ACT Scholarship Opportunity information can be found herehttp://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/act-scholarship-giveaway.html


    Please contact your child's school counselor with college testing questions. 


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