PSAT/NMSQT - Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test*

    The Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, or PSAT, is a standardized test that provides practice for the SAT. It also allows juniors to enter the Nation Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship programs. The NMSQT determines the top 1% for eligibility in participation in Merit and Achievement Scholarship programs. 

    This test is usually offered on site at Folsom High School October 15th. Check the website for current dates. Information can also be found at http://www.collegeboard.org.  

    * Not required for college admission but recommended for SAT preparation. 

    SAT - Scholastic Assessment Test

    The SAT test is a college admission exam made up of verbal, math, and writing sections. This test measures critical thinking skills needed for academic success in college. This exam is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. Registration for the SAT is completed on the college board website.

    Collegeboard - Go to the College Board website to sign up for the SAT college entrance test and SAT subject tests. This site also has test prep questions, and you can order score reports from previously taken tests. 

    Prep for the SAT


    ACT - American College Test

    The ACT consists of four tests in the academic areas of English, mathematics, social studies, reading, and science. There is an optional writing component that is required by some colleges.  

    ACT - Go to this site to sign up for the ACT college entrance exam.  It also has test prep questions and descriptions of the test. 

    Prep for ACT

    Convert your ACT score to an SAT Score - This site allows students to convert their SAT scores to ACT scores and visa versa. It is very helpful if a student needs to determine if it is necessary to take another ACT or SAT test. The site also has information about the respective ACT and SAT tests.

    ACT - SAT Concordance
    The ACT and SAT are different tests that measure similar but distinct constructs. The SAT primarily assesses reasoning ability, while the ACT focuses more on strict knowledge.

    ACT and the College Board (producers of the SAT) have completed a concordance study that is designed to examine the relationship between two scores on the ACT and SAT. These concordance tables do not equate scores but rather provide a tool for finding comparable scores.

    You can also find the concordance tables and guidelines for proper use on our website at www.act.org/aap/concordance.