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The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions. It is a multiple choice exam containing two sections (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math) with an optional essay portion. Scores for each section range from 200-800 with a maximum combined score of 1600 (the optional writing section is scored separately). SAT scores are intended to assess student readiness for college-level work.


Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholar-Ship Qualifying Test (Grades 10 and 11)

This test is administered in October each year. The PSAT/NMSQT gives students the unique opportunity to: assess their critical reading, writing, and mathematical skills; find out what the SAT is like; forecast SAT scores from their PSAT/NMSQT scores, compare forecasted SAT scores with the scores of college applicants; discover whether they would be successful in Advanced Placement courses; participate in the Student Search Service by having their names sent to colleges and government-sponsored scholarship programs that are seeking students like them; and to qualify for scholarship and enrichment programs that use PSAT/NMSQT results. It gives the student a chance to enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporation awards program for: Merit Scholarships, Achievement Scholarships, and National Hispanic Scholar Awards.


The ACT is one of America's most widely accepted college entrance exam. It assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.

  • The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science.

  • The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.

ACT is a college entrance exam taken by interested high school juniors and seniors; ACT includes 215 questions and tests English, math, reading, and science reasoning; tests are norm-reference because the student is measured against other students. ACT is accepted at most four year universities and all Ivy League universities. The national average ACT score has been approximately 21.0 since 1990.

Total Score/Composite Score: Average of total score in all 4 tests areas

  • Score Range of Total Score/Composite Score: 1 – 36

  • Score Range of Each Subject Test: 1 – 36

ACT & SAT Testing Deadlines

Home-Schooled Students

Guidelines for Home-Schooled Students to Register for AP and PSAT Testing

The Texas legislature amended TEC 29.916 that requires school districts to allow home school students the opportunity to participate in PSAT/NQMST and Advanced Placement (AP) testing that each district provides enrolled students. The statute also requires the district to notify the public via its website or local newspaper: of the dates of PSAT/NQMST and AP tests; that home school students are eligible to take the test; and the procedures for registering for such tests. This public notice must be posted or published at the same time and with the same frequency as the notice of the tests given to students attending the school district.

Home schooled students desiring to take an Advanced Placement exam should contact the lead counselor of the high school where they are zoned to attend and request to take the exam(s). All requests for AP exams must be submitted to the lead counselor in writing by March 10th of each year. Home school students desiring to take the PSAT should contact the testing coordinator of the high school where they are zoned to attend and request to take the exam by September 15th of each school year. The lead counselor or testing coordinator will provide specific information on how to register for these exams. Home-school students may only take AP exams or the PSAT exams that are offered at their zoned high school. Proof of residency will be required prior to registering for any exams. Home-school students sitting for exams on campus will be required to follow the FISD Student Code of Conduct. It is the responsibility of the home-school student to pay for all AP exam or PSAT fees, should there be any fees. All testing dates are posted on the Frisco ISD website. (FISD Board Policy EK Legal)

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