Standardized Testing

"At most institutions, standardized test scores count less than students think and more than colleges are willing to admit."  David Erdmann, Rollins College Dean of Admissions

PSAT, SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests

Standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT are important and required by most colleges as a part of the college admissions process.   In addition to the SAT or ACT, some colleges require or recommend other standardized tests such as the SAT Subject Tests.  More than 950 four-year colleges and universities do not use the SAT or ACT to admit bachelor-degree applicants. Click here to see the fairtest.org searchable list of test-optional schools.

Test Preparation

The summer before your junior or senior year is a great time to prepare for SAT or ACT tests, which are administered monthly from September through June.  There are a variety SAT and ACT test preparation resources available.  There are books, software, and websites to help prepare for these tests.  Private test preparation courses vary in method from group class sessions, to individual tutoring sessions or online tutorials.  They can also vary in price from free to well over $1,000.  Choose the course and price that is right for you and your family.

Some options available to Pine View students include:

  • Tutoring services for ACT/SAT and SAT Subject Area examination (a list including present and retired Pine View teachers can be found in the Guidance Office)
  • Khan Academy which has partnered with the CollegeBoard to produce a free, online test prep tutorial for the redesigned SAT.  
  • Revolution Prep an online (fee-based), interactive tutoring service that has partnered with Pine View and offers our students free diagnostic ACT and SAT examinations.

Fee Waivers

For some, the costs of taking standardized exams and applying to college can be a barrier to college admissions.  If you believe this is the case for you and your family you may be eligible for fee waivers through the CollegeBoard and ACT and/or subsidized test preparation through Revolution Prep.   Please come to guidance to inquire and apply.  To determine your eligibility for testing and application fee waivers you may consult the following websites.  CollegeBoard SAT and Application Fee Waivers and ACT Fee Waiver.