Standardized Testing for TAISM High School Students
PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test):
The PSAT is a practice test for the SAT and is only administered in October at TAISM. All grade 10 and 11 students take the PSAT. PSAT results are returned in December or January and scores are on a scale of 160-760 for two parts:
1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math
2. Reading, Writing and Language, and Math
While the PSAT doesn’t count towards a student’s college admissions applications, it is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. Some of the highest scoring students may receive scholarship money when taking the test in grade 11 if they are a U.S. citizen.
To prepare for the PSAT exam all students will receive a copy of the preparation manual. For an electronic copy of the manual, please download it here:
To learn more about the PSAT exam, please review the following information on the College Board website:
The SAT is used by most American universities and colleges, as well as many other universities around the world, as an entrance requirement and as a predictor of academic success. The SAT measures reading, writing and language, and math skills. The total score on the SAT ranges from 400-1600 with 200-800 for two parts:
1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
2. Math (with and without a calculator)
An optional SAT Essay is scored on three scores ranging from 2–8.
The SAT is offered four times per year. It is advised that the SAT be taken in December or March of the junior year. It can be taken again in the fall of the senior year if necessary. The SAT takes approximately five hours (with breaks) if students are also taking the 50 minute essay.
The SAT was Redesigned and first offered in May of 2017. The redesigned SAT has a sharper focus on the relatively few things that research shows matter most for college and career readiness and success. The changes made to the assessment also reflect a commitment to improve outcomes for students and deliver expanded opportunity to achieve excellence. For more information about the redesigned SAT please contact the High School Counseling department or visit:
Go to sat.org/international to register for the SAT exam.
TAISM’s SAT test center code is 52548.
TAISM’s school code is 688092 (SAT).
Go to https://www.khanacademy.org/sat for free SAT preparation lessons.
SAT : Subject Tests
These are one-hour exams which measure mastery of a specific content area and one’s ability to apply that knowledge. There are 24 one-hour exams that cover writing, foreign languages, mathematics, sciences, history and literature. An English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is included to help students whose second language is English. These one-hour exams consist of multiple choice questions. Students can take up to three SAT Subject Tests in one sitting. Students cannot take the SAT and SAT Subject Tests on the same day. For more information go to:
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-subject-tests and to register for the Subject Tests (five times per year at TAISM) go to: sat.org/international
Upcoming SAT Test Dates
October 6, 2018 (Register by September 7, 2018)
November 3, 2018 (Register by October 5, 2018)
December 1, 2018 (Register by November 2, 2018)
March 9, 2019 (Register by February 8, 2019)
May 4, 2019 (Register by April 5, 2019)
June 1, 2019 (Register by May 3, 2019)
ACT (American College Test)
The ACT is a test designed to measure a student’s critical thinking skills and to assess a student’s ability to apply knowledge and logic when solving problems. Some southern, mid-western and western colleges require the ACT. The ACT gives sub-scores in English, mathematics, natural science, and social studies. A composite score is also given which averages the separate sub-scores (scores range from 1-36).
The ACT is administered at TAISM twice per year and is going to be a computer-based test beginning December 2018.
Go to http://www.actstudent.org/ to register for the ACT exam.
TAISM’s test center code is 872040
TAISM’s school code is 688092 (ACT).
December 8, 2018 (Register by November 2, 2018)
April 13, 2019 ( Register by March 8, 2019)