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TESTING INFORMATION

SAT


The SAT is the most widely used college admissions test in the United States. If you are a student planning to apply to college, you should take the SAT. Most four-year colleges will require SAT scores. It is recommended that students take the SAT at the end of their junior year. Some students will take the test again at the beginning of their senior year. Some students will opt to take the SAT more than once, but that is not required.
 
There are two options: SAT School Day or the standard SAT administration given on a Saturday. Donegal High School offers the SAT School Day option two times a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Although Donegal High School is not a Saturday testing center, there are several local schools that do offer the test. To find test dates, locations, and test fees, visit the The College Board's website.
 
For Saturday administration, students must register directly with the College Board.  The preferred registration method is online, but you can also register by mail. SAT score results are sent directly to students.

PSAT/NMSQT


The PSAT is sometimes known as a "Practice SAT". Students who are in  11th grade and are planning to take the SAT are encouraged to take the PSAT. The test is offered at Donegal High School in October and the cost is usually around $16. Information about the test, as well as registration forms, are given to students in school (usually at the beginning of September). Registration is done through the Counseling & Career Center (not the College Board). Students who take the PSAT in 10th grade may take the test again in 11th grade, and are encouraged to do so.  The National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) is the official route of entry to the National Merit Scholarship program. PSAT results are returned to Donegal High School in December and are given to students in school. Students will be given a detailed score report along with their test booklet, so they are able to review their test question by question. 


PSAT 10


PSAT 10 is offered to all sophomore students at Donegal High School every spring. Students are required to take the test, do not need to register, and there is no cost to the student. Results are returned to Donegal High School in May and are returned to students and parents. Students will be given a detailed score report along with their test booklet, so they are able to review their test question by question.


ACT


The ACT is another college admissions test similar to the SAT. Although the test may not be as widely used as the SAT, it is recognized by most college admissions departments. Test dates and locations, as well as registration and fee information, can be found on ACT's website. 
 


AP


AP, or Advanced Placement, testing is an option for students enrolled in any of Donegal High School's AP courses. The AP tests are typically offered in May during the school day. Information about these tests, as well as registration materials, will be given to students at school. The AP tests can possibly offer the opportunity for students to earn college credit or advanced standing in college. This opportunity depends on the score earned by the student and the various colleges' policies for AP credit. Students should check with their intended college to see if/how they will accept AP credit.

**Students who wish to take an AP exam for which DHS does not offer an AP course should see their counselor.

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