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Testing Information

SAT

The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The SAT is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test created and administered by the College Board. Students typically take the exam in the spring of Junior year and in the fall of Senior year.

SAT Subject Tests

There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics and science. See the subjects.

  • Each Subject Test is an hour long.
  • They are all multiple-choice and scored on a 200–800 scale.
  • Not all colleges require Subject Tests – many of the more competitive schools require the submission of 2.
  • Sign up on the College Board website

ACT

The ACT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by ACT, Inc. It is typically taken in the spring of Junior year and in the fall of Senior year.


PSAT (Practice SAT)

The PSAT/NMSQT is the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The PSAT is a great primer for the SAT, and even the ACT, but it’s more than just a trial run. PSAT scores are used to identify National Merit Scholars and award merit scholarships in their junior year. This exam is recommended for Juniors and Honors English Sophomores in the fall.

  • The PSAT is 2 hours, 45 minutes long
  • Multiple-choice test in Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
  • Costs $18.00 (2019-20)
  • Offered here at CHS in the fall
  • Counselors will go into English classrooms to provide students registration information in September

Pre-ACT

The Pre-ACT is recommended for Sophomores and is offered at Columbia High School during Regents Week in January.

  • The Pre-ACT is 2 hours, 10 minutes but an additional 60 minutes for pre-administration activities
  • Multiple-choice test
  • Costs $16.00 (2018-19)
  • Counselors will go into English classrooms to provide students registration information in December

AP Exams

The College Board is planning to administer AP exams in the traditional pencil and paper format (which is subject to change) in May 2021. Any changes will be communicated prior to testing by the College Board.

Columbia High School will be offering the following AP exams this year during the AP testing window of May 3–7 and May 10–14, 2021.

Week 1Morning 8 a.m.
Local Time
Afternoon 12 noon
Local Time
Afternoon
2 p.m.
Local Time
Monday, May 3, 2021Physics C: MechanicsPhysics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Tuesday, May 4, 2021Calculus AB
Calculus BC
 
Wednesday, May 5, 2021English Literature and CompositionPhysics 1: Algebra-Based
Thursday, May 6, 2021United States HistoryComputer Science A
Friday, May 7, 2021Chemistry

 

 

Week 2Morning 8 a.m.
Local Time
Afternoon 12 noon
Local Time
Monday, May 10, 2021World History: Modern
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Wednesday, May 12, 2021English Language and CompositionMicroeconomics
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Friday, May 14, 2021BiologyEnvironmental Science