Standardized Testing

PSAT (for Sophomores & Juniors)

2016 PSAT Scores for College and Career Readiness

The PSAT/NMSQT® is highly relevant to your future success because it focuses on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. It measures:

  • What you learn in high school
  • What you need to succeed in college

The PSAT/NMSQT measures reading, writing and language, and math skills developed over many years, both in and out of school.

The PSAT/NMSQT does not ask for facts from literature, history, or science, or recall of math formulas, because it measures your reasoning and critical thinking skills.

You don’t have to discover secret tricks or cram the night before.

There is no penalty for guessing.

The test length is 2 hours, 45 minutes.


School Day for all juniors (State mandated)

April 5, 2017

Saturday Administration at SHS

October 1, 2016
January 21, 2017
June 3, 2017

Saturday administration (SHS not hosting)

November 5, 2016
May 6, 2017

SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject Tests are given in Literature, American History, World History, and Social Studies, Mathematics-Level I, Mathematics-Level II, French, German, Hebrew, Latin, Italian, Spanish, General Biology, Ecological/Molecular Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. All are one-hour multiple-choice tests. The tests are designed to assess the skills students have developed in a particular subject, their knowledge of the subject, and their ability to apply that knowledge to new materials and situations. Students may take up to three different SAT Subject Tests on one test date.

SAT Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where you excel. These are the only national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your achievements and interests.

SAT Subject Tests allow you to differentiate yourself in the college admission process or send a strong message regarding your readiness to study specific majors or programs in college. In conjunction with your other admission credentials (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a more complete picture of your academic background and interests.

Some colleges also use Subject Tests to place students into the appropriate courses. Based on your performance on the test(s), you could potentially fulfill basic requirements or receive credit for introductory-level courses.

There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics and science. Try the free practice questions or download the Getting Ready for the SAT Subject Tests practice booklet.

Also, check out our Frequently Asked Questions to get answers to more specific questions about Subject Tests.

Why take the tests

Some colleges require or recommend that you take SAT Subject Tests. In addition, you can enhance your application, demonstrate knowledge you’ve gained outside the classroom, and potentially place out of introductory courses.

Why Subject Tests might be right for you

Which tests to take

You’ll want to take the tests that are required or recommended by the colleges that you’re interested in. Also consider subjects that you excel in or may want to major in, to showcase your strengths and interests.

How to choose which tests to take

Remember: You cannot take both the SAT Reasoning test
and SAT Subject test on the same date.


(ACT) American College Test

All four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. accept the ACT, but different institutions place different emphases on standardized tests such as the ACT, compared to other factors of evaluation such as class rank, GPA, and extracurricular activities. The main four tests are scored individually on a scale of 1–36, and a Composite score is provided which is the whole number average of the four scores. Note that a composite score of 32.5 rounds up to a 33.

The most current information on the ACTs (including registrations and test dates) is available at The ACT website

AP (Advanced Placement) Exams

(AP) Advanced Placement Exams

May 1-12, 2017

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canda, created by the College Board, which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students.

American colleges and universities often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. The AP curriculum for each of the various subjects is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study. For a high school course to have the AP designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ascertain that it satisfies the AP curriculum. If the course is approved, the school may use the AP designation and the course will be publicly listed on the AP Course Ledger. (


The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is held each January. Testing is in February each year. The 2017 date is Wednesday, February 8th. Students wishing to take the Exam should register in the Counseling Office beginning in January. There is no fee for this exam.

ASVAB Prep Questions

Test Preparation

Simsbury High School SAT Course (In preparation for the April 5 & May 7, 2017 SAT)

Simsbury Department of Continuing Education SAT Classes - (860) 658 - 3870

Simsbury Public Library Prep Courses 860-658-7663 x 2118


Princeton Review

ACT website

College Board

Ivy Bound Online prep



The National Center for Fair & Open Testing

FAIR TEST website

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