The PSAT Exam
The PSAT provides practice for the SAT and qualifies students with high enough scores as National Merit Finalists. BISD pays for all 10th and 11th grade students to take the PSAT/NMSQT and all 9th graders to take the PSAT 8/9.
Students who live in the BISD school zone but do not currently attend a Bryan ISD school can sign up to take the PSAT as well. Please contact our testing coordinator, Natalyn Samuels, for further details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College Board is NOT mailing student results at this time. When scores are available, we will notify students and parents and mail a copy of results home. For information on score interpretation after the test, students should visit www.collegeboard.org and login to "My College QuickStart" using the individualized access code printed on their score sheet.
National Merit Semifinalists are announced in September. Approximately 1.5 million students in about 22,000 high schools take the PSAT. Of those students, about 16,000 are named National Merit Semifinalists and about 34,000 earn Commended designation.
The SAT and ACT Exams
The SAT and ACT are both standardized tests used in college admissions. Most colleges will accept scores from either test.
Want practice? Khan Academy is an outstanding resource that partners with College Board to provide test prep for the SAT. You can also try March2Success for practice tests and flashcards. A local resource is Sylvan Learning. They offer free practice tests several Saturdays during the year and a powerful online test prep tool where you can take practice tests, see your score immediately, then go question-by-question to get a tutorial on the ones you missed. To get a login to use this free resource, contact the Sylvan Learning Center, 1105 University Drive East, Suite 104.
Online registration is available on the website indicated below. Be sure to select colleges to send your scores to; this is part of the cost of the test.
**Visit the RHS Career Center, located in room 1024, for assistance with Fee Waivers**
2020-2021 Test Dates
** SAT School Day**
SAT School Day provides schools, districts, and states a way to offer the SAT to juniors and seniors in school, on a weekday, expanding access to a globally recognized college admission test that's accepted at all U.S. colleges. Over 3.7 million students in over 3,000 districts and 9,000 schools have participated in SAT School Day.
By breaking down barriers to access, SAT School Day can have a profound impact on a community—opening doors to college, scholarships, and financial aid for every student.
SAT School Day is offered once each semester, in the Fall for SENIORS and in the Spring for JUNIORS.
**ACT School Day**
Bryan ISD now in ACT SCHOOL DAY! ACT School Day for JUNIORS! The cost to take the exam is $35.
The ACT® test, a curriculum-based educational and career planning tool, is the leading college readiness assessment in the United States. As the capstone of our college and career readiness solutions, the ACT is based on what students learn in high school. Since 2007, students in more than 47 states have earned college-reportable scores taking the ACT in their own classrooms through ACT State and District testing.
Participating in ACT District testing provides your students with the opportunity to assess their academic skills and level of college readiness in a familiar environment. Having all students participate raises college awareness and exposure among all students, rather than only self-selected, college-bound students. For some students, the experience may help them realize they have the skills to perform college-level coursework.
*Under TEC §29.916, school districts are required to allow home school students the opportunity to participate in PSAT/NMSQT and Advanced Placement (AP) testing that each district provides enrolled students. The statute also requires districts to notify the public via website or local newspaper of the dates of PSAT/NMSQT and AP tests; that home school students are eligible to take the test; and the procedures for registering for such tests. This public notice must be posted or published at the same time and with the same frequency as the notice given to students attending the school district.