Standardized Testing for TAISM High School Students:
PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)
The Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test measures a student’s verbal and mathematical reasoning skills and writing skills. There are three subtests on the PSAT namely, verbal, mathematics, and writing. Scores range from 20 to 80 on each PSAT sub score. It provides practice for the SAT and its score is an indication of a student’s performance on the SAT verbal, and mathematical, and writing sections.
The PSAT is only administered in October at TAISM. All sophomores and juniors at TAISM take the PSAT. PSAT results will be returned in December or January.
Go to www.collegeboard.org/psat for sample questions and practice test answer explanations.
Go to www.collegeboard.org/psatskills to learn about the skills tested on the PSAT and to try practice questions for each skill.
The SAT is used by most American universities and colleges as an entrance requirement and as a predictor of academic success. The SAT measures verbal reasoning, critical thinking and math problem-solving. Scores on each part of the SAT range from 200-800, and are reported separately. It is advised that the SAT be taken in the spring of the junior year. It can be taken again in the fall of the senior year if necessary. The SAT takes three hours and 45 minutes to complete.
The Redesigned SAT will first be offered in May of 2016. 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 https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test.
Go to sat.org/international to register for the SAT exam.
TAISM’s 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.
TAISM administers the SAT to TAISM students only.
Go to sat.org/international to register for the SAT Subject Tests.
Upcoming SAT Test Dates
- October 1, 2016 (Register by September 1, 2016)
- November 5, 2016 (Register by October 7, 2016)
- December 3, 2016 (Register by November 3, 2016)
- January 21, 2017 (Register by December 21, 2016)
- May 6, 2017 (Register by April 7, 2017)
- June 3, 2017 (Register by May 9, 2017)
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 and is open to TAISM students only.
Upcoming ACT Test Dates
- December 10, 2016 (Register by November 4, 2016)
- June 10, 2017 (Register by May 5, 2017)