Category Archives: Standardized Tests

2017-18 Standardized Test Calendar

Test Date Tests
Offered
Test
Location
Test Center
Code
Aug 26 SAT and Subject Tests Northwood 33542
Sept. 9 ACT Northwood 181280
Oct. 7 SAT and Subject Tests Saranac Lake 33836
Oct. 11 PSAT 8/9 – 9th
PSAT – 11th  and 10th Practice ACT – 12th/PG
Northwood N/A
Oct. 28 ACT Northwood 181280
Nov. 4 SAT and Subject Tests Northwood 33542
Dec. 2 SAT and Subject Tests Northwood 33542
Dec. 9 ACT Saranac Lake HS 160550
March 10 SAT and Subject Tests Northwood 33542
April 14 ACT Plattsburgh HS
or school near home
155940
or TBD
May 5 SAT and Subject Tests Northwood 33542
May 7-18 AP Exams Northwood N/A
June 2 SAT and Subject Tests Northwood 33542
June 9 ACT Saranac Lake
or school near home
160550
or TBD

A Reliable SAT/ACT Testing Schedule for Most Students

Step 1: Take the PSAT as a junior. 

Step 2: Take the February ACT or March SAT as a junior.

Step 3: Take the May or June SAT/ACT as a junior. 

Step 4: Study hard during the summer, and take the August SAT or the September ACT as a senior.

Step 5: If you’re still not satisfied, you have one last shot as a senior for the late fall SAT and ACT.

English language learners take the TOEFL in the fall or spring. Coordinate testing dates with the Director of International Students, who approves all TOEFL testing before students register.

Session 3: Standardized Testing

testStandardized testing is the third session in Northwood’s program about the college search and application process for juniors.

During this session we diedscuss the different types of testing (SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, TOEFL, AP) and when to take them.

I also introduced Khan Academy’s SAT prep program. Northwood students are able to prepare for the SAT at their own pace, at absolutely no cost. Download a real, full-length SAT practice test, watch an expert work through real SAT problems, and get even more practice using interactive exercises, which feature lots of previously-unreleased problems from real SATs grouped by topic and difficulty level. If students feel like they  need to brush up on fundamentals, they can check out the Algebra mission, which will help them master core concepts covered on the SAT.

Their homework after this sessions is…

  1. Take a full-length SAT and ACT at Northwood in March
  2. Register for the SAT or ACT this spring
  3. Get started with Khan Academy SAT Prep

Here are resources I distributed at the session:

John Spear
Director of College Guidance

Understanding your [NEW] PSAT Results

To students who took the October PSAT (and their parents):

PSATToday you will receive your PSAT score report [follow the instructions in your email you get from College Board  or log in here: http://psat.org/scorereport]. I know the score report may be difficult to understand, so I have compiled these resources to help you interpret the results.

Currently, college counselors are focusing their attention on the senior class, helping them complete and submit their college applications (a focus I know you’ll appreciate when it’s your turn to apply to college). Later this month I will receive your paper score report, which I will distribute at a meeting. After that, the college counselors and I will begin meeting with the class of 2017 to sketch out a plan for standardized testing, compile a list of possible colleges and create a college application action plan. Until then, a 9th, 10th and 11th grader’s focus should be on getting good grades; right now, nothing matters more for your college prospects than your grades this year, including your midterm exams next week!

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Recording and Other Resources: Demystifying the College Testing Process

Dear Parent:

testprepThe College Guidance office at Northwood School held our third webinar of the year tonight, Demystifying the College Testing Process. Thank you to everyone who attended and asked great questions, and thank you to Laura Coash of Revolution Prep, who was our guest expert.

Here are some related resources and information on the topics we discussed tonight:

A week from today is “Testing Day” at Northwood School: 9th graders take the PSAT 8/9, 10th and 11th graders take the PSAT, and 12th graders have four options:

  • Take a full-length practice ACT
  • Take a full-length practice SAT
  • Take two full-length practice SAT Subject Tests
  • Take a full-length practice TOEFL

Seniors need to make their testing choice soon.

The next practice tests are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Sunday, November 6: SAT
  • Sunday, December 4: ACT
  • Sunday, March 5: SAT
  • Sunday, March 19: ACT

All practice tests are at noon in the Lecture Hall. Please note: students may also take an online proctored exam if their schedule prevents them from take the test at the scheduled time.

Students can register for these practice tests by contacting Laura Coash (914-243-1536 and laura.coash@revolutionprep.com). I will send plenty of reminder emails to you and your child before the practice tests.

Best regards,

John Spear
Director of College Guidance

Colleges and Universities Worldwide that Require Subject Tests from Some or All Applicants (School Year 2016-17)

List compiled by the legendary school counselor Cigus Vanni from Cherry Hill High School West (New Jersey/USA). Provided here free of charge.

  • Brown University (RI)*
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA) – exception: non-architecture majors applying to College of Fine Arts
  • Cornell University (NY) –exceptions: applicants to Agriculture and Life Sciences; Architecture, Art and Planning; Business—Hotel Management; Business— Applied Economics and Management; Human Ecology; and Industrial and Labor Relations (this is changed from last year)
  • L’ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne (Switzerland) – can also fulfill testing requirements by alternate means; please consult college website
  • Harvard/Radcliffe Colleges (MA)##
  • Harvey Mudd College (CA)
  • King’s College of London (United Kingdom) – can also fulfill testing requirements by alternate means; please consult college website
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • McGill University (PQ)*
  • Northwestern University (IL) –three required only for students applying to Integrated Science and Engineering Program—only one in US that requires three from any candidates
  • Rice University (TX)*
  • Tufts University (MA)*
  • University of Toronto (ON) – exception: applicants to Applied Science and Engineering
  • Webb Institute of Naval Architecture (NY)
  • Wellesley College (MA)*

Asterisk (*) denotes that school will accept ACT in lieu of both SAT and Subject Tests

All schools above require two Subject Tests for applicants that choose to submit them.

Exceptions: some applicants to Northwestern, King’s College and L’Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne must submit three Subject Tests (please consult college websites)

There are no schools except Northwestern in the United States that require more than two Subject Tests for any students who apply (see Northwestern entry for exception)

## — if taking Subject Tests would pose financial hardship or if student chooses to be evaluated without them, they need not be submitted

The following schools that required Subject Tests from some or all applicants in the 2015-2016 school year no longer require them: Amherst College, Barnard College.

Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Haverford College, Vassar College, Williams College

List updated July 15, 2016

2016-17 Standardized Testing Calendar

Test Date Tests
Offered
Test
Location
Test Center
Code
Sept. 10 ACT Plattsburgh HS 155940
Oct. 1 SAT and Subject Tests Saranac Lake 33836
Oct. 19 PSAT 8/9– 9th
PSAT – 11th  and 10th Practice ACT – 12th/PG
Northwood N/A
Oct. 22 ACT Northwood 181280
Nov. 5 SAT and Subject Tests Northwood 33542
Dec. 3 SAT and Subject Tests Northwood 33542
Dec. 10 ACT Saranac Lake HS 160550
Jan. 28 SAT and Subject Tests Northwood 33542
March 11 SAT and Subject Tests Plattsburgh HS 33768
April 8 ACT Plattsburgh HS 155940
May 6 SAT and Subject Tests Northwood 33542
May 1 – 10 AP Exams At Northwood N/A
June 3 SAT and Subject Tests Northwood 33542
June 10 ACT Saranac Lake

or school near home

160550

or TBD

For most Northwood students, standardized testing follows the following schedule:

Seniors and PGS: Take the ACT in October at Northwood; the SAT in November at Northwood; and the SAT Subject Tests in December at Northwood.

Early decision candidates will likely take the SAT and SAT Subject Tests in October (in Saranac Lake) and November.

English language learners take the TOEFL in October. Coordinate testing dates with Dr. Finnerty Paul, who must approve all TOEFL testing before students register.

Juniors: Take the PSAT in October at Northwood; the SAT in May at Northwood and the Subject Tests in June at Northwood; the ACT in June in Saranac Lake or at a school near home.

English language learners take the TOEFL in May. Coordinate testing dates with Dr. Finnerty Paul, who must approve all TOEFL testing before students register.

Survey Results: Test Prep Services at Secondary Schools

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On March 22, I sent a question to three places:

These three groups of college admission professionals have been invaluable sources of advice, experience, perspective and good humor since I started in this profession thirteen years ago (I’ve only joined the Facebook group this school year, and it’s been a consistently good source of wisdom). Continue reading