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Standardized Testing Calendar and Guide

Standardized Testing Calendar (italics denote testing that may not apply to all students)    

Sophomore Year:

October                        PSAT                               Note: registration is automatic.

May or June                Subject Test(s)                 (depending on coursework, and if your teacher recommends it; note that few sophomores are prepared to take                                                                                                                                 Subject Tests)                       

Junior Year:

October                        PSAT                                Note: registration is automatic.

Dec/March/June          SAT                                   Note: most students will focus on either the ACT or the SAT. Please consult with a college counselor. 

Feb/April/June             ACT                               

May                             AP Exams                        (depending on coursework, and after consulting with your teacher)

June                            Subject Tests (2)              Decide which subjects to take in consultation with your teachers and college counselor. Note: members                                                                                                                                            of the Class of 2021 should prioritize the SAT/ACT over Subject Tests.

Senior Year:

Aug/Oct/Nov              SAT/Subject Tests             Re-take, if necessary 

Jul/Sept/Oct               ACT                                   Re-take, if necessary

May                           AP Exams                          (depending on coursework, and after consulting with your teacher)      

 

CA Coursework & SAT Subject Tests:                                                              

Students should consult with their teachers, but as a general guide below are our departmental recommendations (assuming the student has performed well in class). At this time, while a handful of schools recommends Subject Tests, not a single US school requires them. Thus, Subject Tests currently play a very minimal role in admissions decisions (the one exception is at some institutions outside the US).

Subject  Test:

When to take test:

Languages

Not before completion of level 3 of a language, and perhaps level 4.

Literature

At or near the end of junior­ year.

Math Level 1

After completing Statistics or Accelerated Precalculus.

Math Level 2

After successfully completing Statistics, Trigonometry, and Precalculus, OR after taking Accelerated Precalculus and Accelerated Trigonometry.

Sciences

Upon completion of Advanced or Accelerated coursework. Additional preparation outside of class will be necessary.

U.S. History

Upon completion of U.S. history coursework. Additional preparation outside of class will be necessary.