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Standardized Testing & Preparation

The best preparation for standardized testing occurs every day within the classrooms at Trinity Valley School as students develop their ability to think, write, analyze and solve problems. While a number of colleges have moved toward test-optional admission policies, many colleges and universities still require standardized testing as one component of the college application.

We suggest that every Trinity Valley School student take both the SAT with Essay and the ACT with Writing in the spring of junior year. The student can then compare his or her scores, determine which test is a better reflection of his or her abilities, and take that test again over the summer or in the fall of senior year. Please see our recommended testing timeline below with our suggested testing dates in bold.

Junior Year:

SAT with Writing

December, March, May, or June

ACT with Writing

December, February, April, or June

SAT Subject Tests (optional, discuss with counselor)

May or June (cannot be taken on the same date as the SAT)

Senior Year:

Retake SAT with Writing and/or additional Subject Tests

August, October, November, or December

Retake ACT with Writing and/or additional Subject Tests

September, October, or December

ACT

The ACT is a curriculum-based standardized test used by colleges and universities to make admission decisions. The ACT contains multiple-choice tests in four areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. It is a 3 hour 40 minute test with essay offered throughout the United States six times annually. The composite score is an average of the four subscores each on a 36 point scale.

ACT information, test dates, registration, score access, and score sending can be found at www.act.org. For more information, please contact ACT directly by phone at (319) 337-1270.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

Advanced Placement (AP) exams are administered by the College Board at the end of the school year, typically the first 2-3 weeks of May. These comprehensive year-end examinations are curriculum focused based on the content of Advanced Placement course work completed by students throughout the year. All TVS students enrolled in AP courses are required to take the corresponding AP examination at the end of the academic year.

Many colleges and universities will award academic credit for AP courses depending on the score earned on the AP examination. The AP exam is scored on a 5 point scale and credit is usually awarded for scores of 3 or higher but it’s good to verify the AP policy of each college.

Advanced Placement information, courses, schedule, and score sending can be found at apstudent.collegeboard.org. For more information, please contact the College Board via email at apstudents@info.collegeboard.org or by phone at (888) 225-5427.

PreACT

Trinity Valley School offers the PreACT as a practice ACT test to 10th graders each spring to familiarize students with the format of the ACT exam. Like the PSAT, TVS registers students for the PreACT and covers the cost. Once scores are available, each student receives a comprehensive score report and their test booklet to help them prepare for the ACT.

Scores from the PreACT are not sent to colleges.

PSAT

As practice for the SAT, the Preliminary SAT or PSAT is administered at Trinity Valley School to all 9th, 10th, and 11th graders each October. TVS registers students for this exam and covers the cost. Once scores are available, each student receives a comprehensive score report and their test booklet to help analyze their skills in preparation for the SAT.

The PSAT administered to 9th and 10th graders for practice only. 11th graders take the PSAT/NMSQT which is co-sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) for National Merit Scholarship consideration.

Scores from the PSAT are not sent to colleges.

For more information about the PSAT/NMSQT, please contact the College Board directly at:

PSAT/NMSQT
P.O. Box 6720
Princeton, NJ 08541-6720

Phone: 866-433-7728
TTY: 609-882-4118

SAT

Created by the College Board, the SAT is a standardized entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. It is a 3 hour 50 minute examination with essay offered globally seven times annually. It has two sections (Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing; Mathematics) each scored on an 800 point scale.

SAT information, test dates, registration, and score access, and score sending can be found at www.sat.org. For more information, please contact College Board directly at:

College Board SAT Program
P.O. Box 7502
London, KY 40742-7502

Phone: 866-756-7346
TTY: 888-857-2477 (U.S.)

SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject Tests are one-hour exams that measure knowledge of specific subjects. Most Trinity Valley School students who take SAT Subject Tests do so in the spring of their junior year or the fall of their senior year. The strongest candidates for these exams are those who have a natural affinity for the subject, and who have the endorsement of their teacher based on mastery of material. Additional preparation for the Subject Test is typically needed beyond what is covered in class.

The SAT and Subject tests cannot be taken together in one sitting. Students can take a maximum of three Subject Tests on one test date.

SAT Subject Test information, test dates, registration, and score access, and score sending can be found at www.sat.org. For more information, please contact College Board directly at:

College Board SAT Program
P.O. Box 7502
London, KY 40742-7502

Phone: 866-756-7346
TTY: 888-857-2477 (U.S.)

Standardized Testing Preparation

Most students' scores increase naturally from the junior to senior year, especially if they take the time to review their weaker test areas in a focused way. Some students will choose to study on their own; others work with tutors or take a review course.

The College Board has partnered with Kahn Academy to provide students with online lessons on every element of the SAT.

This valuable resource is free of charge. Additionally, the links below can direct students to sample tests, preparation materials, and other information as students plan for their testing.

SAT Practice Tests

ACT Practice Tests

ACT Essay Prompt Format/Expectations

Although many students prepare on their own for standardized testing with the help of practice materials, some prefer more structured guidance. Experienced tutors can serve as effective guides in helping students grow accustomed to the test but there are a number of local and national test-prep companies like Princeton Review and Kaplan that offer a wide-variety of services (from online and small group classes to individual tutoring services) to accommodate varying schedules and price points. For more information about Test Prep Services click here.

Students with Accommodations

Students who receive extended time and other in-class accommodations are not automatically approved for accommodations on the PSAT, ACT, SAT, or AP Exams administered by the College Board. The school must submit documentation to the testing agency to see if accommodations can be granted. We ask that all students who utilize accommodations on Upper School exams consult with Kellie McLarty, Upper School Counselor, and Anna Ross, Academic Services Coordinator, at least four months, preferably one year or more, in advance of your first standardized exam to submit your request for accommodations. We want to confirm that documented testing accommodations have been approved and we will provide instruction for students on how to register for standardized tests with accommodations.

COLLEGE COUNSELING

MARK WELLS

Director of College Counseling
817-321-0142
wellsm@trinityvalleyschool.org

ZINA WORMLEY

Associate Director of College Counseling
817-321-0147
wormleyz@trinityvalleyschool.org

NATALIE TIMSON

College Counseling Coordinator
817-321-0149
timsonn@trinityvalleyschool.org

ACADEMIC SERVICES COORDINATOR

ANNA ROSS

Academic Services Coordinator
817-321-0412
rossak@trinityvalleyschool.org

School CEEB Code

442572

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