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State and Local Testing

 The PSAT Exam

The PSAT provides practice for the SAT and qualifies students with high enough scores as National Merit Finalists.  Students who did NOT take the PSAT in the Fall have an opportunity to take it on January 26, 2021!  Registration will be open through January 22, 2021.  BISD pays for all 10th and 11th grade students to take the PSAT. All 9th graders are automatically registered to take the PSAT 8/9 free of charge on this day as well.

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: natalyn.samuels@bryanisd.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.

SAT  (sat.collegeboard.org/home)

  • Cost is $51 (Fee waiver available for students who receive free/reduced price lunch)
  • Register for the Reasoning Test
  • Subject tests are required by some colleges or for some majors

ACT  (www.actstudent.org)

  • Cost is $52.50 for ACT + Writing (Fee waiver available for students who receive free/reduced price lunch)
  • Cost is $36.50 for ACT No Writing

**Visit the RHS Career Center, located in room 1024, for assistance with Fee Waivers**

2020-2021 Test Dates

SAT: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines

ACT: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act.html

** 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 will take place once in the Fall and once in the Spring. The Fall test date is October 14, 2020 and is for SENIOR ONLY. The Spring test date is March 3, 2021 and is for JUNIORS ONLY.

**ACT School Day**

For the first time ever, we are offering the ACT during the school day on ACT SCHOOL DAY! ACT School Day will be Wednesday, March 30, 2021! This is open to current Juniors and Seniors. The cost to take the exam is $35. 

The website to register for the ACT is Bryan ISD Exam Registration.

The deadline to sign up is January 29, 2021!

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.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

Advanced Placement (AP) courses offer students college-level curriculum and exams which provide students the opportunity to earn college credit.  These exams are offered each May, with results arriving in July: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/takingtheexam/ap-calendar#examDate

Sign up here: https://aptsusa.com/bryanisd/ap/

Cost: $50 (Fee reduction available for students receiving free/reduced lunch)

Campus Contact: Natalyn Samuels (natalyn.samuels@bryanisd.org)

*Students who live in the BISD school zone but do not currently attend a Bryan school can sign up to take the AP exams as well.  Please contact our campus testing coordinator, Natalyn Samuels, for further details.

 

*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.