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College Entrance Exams: PSAT, SAT, ACT

Sometimes students need help getting ready for college entrance exams, such as SAT I, SAT II, and ACT.  Follow the links on the right for more information about each test or to practice sample questions. 

PSAT – Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test

The PSAT is the qualifying examination for the National Merit Scholarship Program and is administered in October of each year by The College Board to 10th and 11th grade students. The test measures verbal reasoning skills, math problem-solving skills, critical reading skills and writing skills that have been developed by students during the course of their education. The PSAT serves as a valuable tool to assist students and their parents with early college preparation and planning.  For more information, contact the High School Counselor's office at 903-295-5031.

Home-schooled students who are eligible to attend public school at PTISD will be permitted to participate in an administration of the PSAT or a college advanced placement test offered by the district.  To register for the test, contact the High School Counselor's office at 903-295-5031.

SAT – Scholastic Aptitude Test

Universally accepted for college admissions, the SAT is a reasoning test that students need to complete college level work in any academic area. It is a three hour test that is administered by The College Board and measures two sets of skills – verbal (reading and writing) and mathematical reasoning. A new SAT began in spring of 2016. Among other changes, the test includes an optional essay section, and no longer deducts points for incorrect answers.

ACT – ACT Assessment

The ACT is a national college admissions examination which covers four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. It is designed to assess high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college level work. The ACT includes 215 multiple choice questions and takes approximately three hours to complete.  An optional 30-minute Writing Test is also available to students.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment

The TSI Assessment (TSIA) is part of the Texas Success Initiative program designed to help colleges or universities determine if students are ready for college-level course work in the general areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. This program also will help determine what type of course or intervention will best meet students' needs to help them become better prepared for college-level course work if they are not ready.

More information about the TSIA can be found in the  Accuplacer TSI Assessment Student Brochure.

Requesting Accommodations for College Board Assessments

SSD Accommodation Request for Students with Disabilities

Accommodations for College Board exams—including the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, SAT, and AP Exams—must first be approved by College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).

Most students who receive accommodations at school and request them from the College Board are approved; however, students must still request accommodations from the College Board and have approval from SSD (Services for Students with Disabilities) before test day.  For more information, visit the College Board Accommodations webpage, or contact your school counselor.

To apply for accommodations, the SSD Accommodations Parent Consent Form must be completed and submitted to your counselor.  Be sure to submit prior to the SSD deadline for the PSAT, PSAT/NMSQT, or the SAT.

Requesting Accommodations for ACT Assessments

TAA Accommodation Request for Students with Disabilities 

All requests should be submitted by the school official, through the Test Accessibility and Accommodations System (TAA) by the published late registration deadline for your examinee's preferred test date.

Examinees may be placed into either a National test center or into Special testing, depending on the accommodation approved and test option. If Special testing is required, ACT considers submission of the request as certification that the school will test the student as part of ACT Special Testing during the published special testing window.  For more information, visit the ACT Accommodations and English Learner Supports, and the Resources for Parents webpage.

To apply for accommodations, the Consent to Release Information to ACT form must be completed by a parent/guardian and then submitted to your school counselor by the ACT published deadlines.