College Counseling

Standardized Testing

Most colleges require applicants to submit some combination of the SAT, the ACT, and SAT Subject Tests. We recommend that students take the ACT or the SAT at least once by June of the 11th grade. On many testing dates, Kiski will be a test center for both the ACT and the SAT, but there are some dates when students will have to test off campus at another center such as Derry High School. Kiski will provide students with transportation to the recommended alternate testing sites when Kiski is not a test center.

Students must register for the SAT, ACT, and Subject Tests on their own. Registration requires a credit card accepted by U.S. banks. We recommend that students sign up by the earliest posted deadline because test centers can fill up. Students must also submit official score reports to colleges and the NCAA because the Kiski College Counseling Office does not send testing as part of its college application materials.

Test Preparation

Before preparing for the test, students should first try to decide whether they will concentrate on the ACT or the SAT. They can get an idea of their performance on the SAT by taking the PSAT. In order to get a similar gauge of the ACT, students can take a practice test in the Preparing for the ACT guide, available in the College Counseling Office. Additionally, Kiski hosts an on-campus test preparation course that is available to Kiski juniors during their spring semester. Contact a counselor for more detailed information.

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • ACT

    The American College Test is a standardized test used in college admissions in place of the SAT. Unlike the SAT, which offers separate reasoning and achievement components, the ACT is a single comprehensive exam which measure reasoning skills and accumulated knowledge in English, mathematics, reading and science. There is also a separate writing section that you may take. It is scored on a scale of 1(low) to 36 (high). Some colleges require the ACT rather than the SAT I; others allow either ACT or the SAT Reasoning Test to be submitted.
    Check Related Links for access to the ACT registration website.
  • PSAT

    Given each October to sophomores and juniors, the PSAT/NMSQT provides practice for the SAT Reasoning Test. During the junior year, it is used in the selection of the top scholars in the country for the awarding of merit scholarships. The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills and writing skills. PSAT scores are not usually used by colleges as admission criteria.
  • SAT & Subject Tests

    SAT Reasoning Test
    The SAT Reasoning Test is a three-hour-and-forty-five-minute test that measures the critical thinking, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills that students need to do college-level work. The test's three sections are critical reading, math and a 25-minute essay. The SAT Reasoning Test is usually taken in the junior year and again in the senior year. Most colleges and universities require the SAT Reasoning Test. 

    SAT Subject Tests

    The Subject Tests are one-hour, primarily multiple-choice tests that measure knowledge of particular subjects and the ability to apply that knowledge. Most Kiski students begin taking the subject tests at the end of the junior year and during the senior year, although any student may wish to take aparticular test after completing the school course. Many colleges require one or more subject tests for admission, so students may take up to three subject tests on one test date.
    Please download the following link to acquire more information about the SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests.

    College Board

    The Test of English as a Foreign Language is designed for students for whom English is not a native language and whose scores on the SAT Reasoning Test would obviously be affected by the language difference. The TOEFL is required of all foreign students at Kiski and recommended for anyone for whom English is not the language spoken at home.
    The TOEFL test is scheduled through the College Counseling Office, generally once per calendar month.
    Please download the following link to acquire more information about the TOEFL test.

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