Testing for College
 
For a direct connection to the website, click here:   SAT  and/or  ACT 
 

TEST

                TEST DATES
for 2016-17

REGISTRATION

 DEADLINES*

 

 

SAT

October  1 - SAT & Subject Tests

November 5 - SAT & Subject Tests

December 3 - SAT & Subject Tests

January 21 - SAT & Subject Tests

March 11 - SAT ONLY

May 6 - SAT & Subject Tests

June 3 - SAT & Subject Tests

 September 1

October 7

November 3

December 21

February 10

April 7

May 9

 

 

 

ACT

September 10

 

October 22

 

December 10

 

February 11

 

April 8

 

June 10

 August 5

 

September 16

 

November 4

 

January 13

 

March 3

 

May 5

*Late registrations are permitted. Late fees do apply.
 Pleae refer to official test websites for those dates and fees.

 
Here are answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
 
What do I need to know about SAT or ACT Test Registration?:  Both tests require online registration, which can be accessed directly through each testing service - SAT or ACT.   Students are reminded when registering for either test to use Northern Bedford County High School's school code of 391830 This six-digit number is sometimes referred to as the CEEB code.  It must be included when registering in order for official test scores to be sent back to NBCHS for student transcripts .
 
Which test should I take?  As part of the admission process at four-year colleges and some two-year colleges, students may be required to submit test scores from one of two nationally recognized testing programs. These two testing programs are the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and the American College Test (ACT).  Colleges use both tests to evaluate students for admissions. It is usually necessary for a student to take only one of the test for admission consideration. One primary difference between the two tests is that the ACT has a Science section.  In our area, some of the colleges that have Allied Health programs require the ACT, because they use the score on the Science section as part of the admission decision process. 
 
How much will it cost?  For the 2016-17 school year, the registration fee for the SAT is $45 ($57 w/ writing) and the ACT is $42.50 ($58.50 w/ writing). Fee waivers are available for students with financial need and the forms must be obtained at the counseling office.  A student who is granted a fee waiver may also be eligible to receive up to four college application fee waivers as well. Additional test services can be purchased as well for additional fees - see the websites for more information.
 
When should I register for a test?  Students needing to take a college entrance exam are encourage to register for a test date during the grade eleven year, typically in the spring of the junior year. Testing at this time allows a student to evaluate his or her test scores and compare them to college admission requirements early enough in the event they may need to or choose to re-take a test. 
 
What can I do to prepare?  There are some different options for you to consider to prepare for these type of tests. First, the official SAT and ACT test websites offer practice questions and test-taking tips. 

  • SAT Prep Course:  A course to help students prepare for these tests is offered every school year at Northern Bedford. Since the majority of our students take the SAT, the course focuses primarily on the format and content of the SAT.  However, since both tests have three common sections - Reading, Writing, and Math - all students can benefit by attending the classes. Test-taking strategies are also reviewed and the total instruction time is twelve hours.  The course usually begins late January and runs for four Saturdays from 9:00 Am to 12 Noon. Students interested in taking the SAT Prep Course should sign-up at the counseling office.  There is no cost to take the classes. Students are expected to attend all of the classes as they will receive the most benefit by regular attendance and attention to learning. 
  •  PSAT Test:   If you are a grade 11 or grade 10 student, consider taking the PSAT test, which is given at Northern Bedford. The PSAT is a shortened-version of the SAT, which gives you practice taking the test and provides you with a detailed score-report for helpful feedback. You must sign-up for the PSAT at the counseling office. Information will be shared with students in the fall. 

Anything else I need to know?  Another important reminder  is that some colleges require that they receive the official test scores directly from the test scoring center. In our area, two colleges with this requirement are the Pennsylvania State University (all campuses) and the University of Pittsburgh.   Also, students interested in athletics at the collegiate level (Division I or II) must also have their official scores sent directly to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Clearing House. The specific program code for each college and/or the NCAA must be included when registering.  All codes are located online. If a student does not include them in the initial registration, the scores can be sent later, but an additional fee will be charged by the test center.  
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