PSAT stands for Preliminary SAT. The PSAT is also known as a "Practice SAT". Students who are in 10th and 11th grade and are planning to take the SAT are encouraged to take the PSAT. The test is offered at Donegal High School in October and the cost is usually around $15. Information about the test, as well as registration forms, are given to students in school (usually at the beginning of September). Registration is done through the Guidance Office (not the College Board). Students who take the PSAT in 10th grade may take the test again in 11th grade, and are encouraged to do so. Results are returned to Donegal High School in December and are given to students in school. Students will be given a detailed score report along with their test booklet, so they are able to review their test question by question.
SAT Reasoning Test
The SAT Reasoning Test is the most widely used college admissions test in the United States.
From the College Board's website:
"The SAT measures knowledge of subjects learned in the classroom, including reading, writing, and math, and how well you can apply that knowledge outside of the classroom. The SAT helps colleges get to know you better by giving them insight into how you think, solve problems, and communicate."
If you are a student planning to apply to college, you should take the SAT. Most four-year colleges will require SAT scores. It is recommended that students take the SAT at the end of their junior year. Some students will take the test again at the beginning of their senior year. Some students will opt to take the SAT more than once, but that is not required.
The test is given on a Saturday. Although Donegal High School is not a testing center, there are several local schools that do offer the test. To find test dates, locations, and test fees, visit the The College Board's website (http://www.collegeboard.com).
Students must register with the College Board (registration can not be done through Donegal High School). The preferred registration method is online, but you can also register by mail. SAT score results are sent directly to students.
The CEEB (school code) for Donegal High School is 392-795.
The ACT is another college admissions test similar to the SAT. Although the test may not be as widely used as the SAT, it is recognized by most college admissions departments. Test dates and locations, as well as registration and fee information, can be found on ACT's website, http://www.act.org
AP, or Advanced Placement, testing is an option for students enrolled in any of Donegal High School's AP courses. The AP tests are typically offered in May during the school day. Information about these tests, as well as registration materials, will be given to students at school. The AP tests can possibly offer the opportunity for students to earn college credit or advanced standing in college. This opportunity depends on the score earned by the student and the various colleges' policies for AP credit. Students should check with their intended college to see if/how they will accept AP credit.
**Students who wish to take an AP exam for which DHS does not offer an AP course should see their counselor.