Testing for College
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?
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.