SAT, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT, ACT, TOEFL
*** Be sure to enter Francis Lewis High School’s CEEB code: 331926 when you register for SAT and/or ACT.
- It is the student’s responsibility to notify the College Board/ACT to release their scores to colleges.
- For CUNY, use UAPC (Code 2950) to cover all the CUNY colleges, rather than individual codes.
- Critical Reading - Reading Comprehension, Sentence Completions, Paragraph-Length Critical Reading
- Math - Number and Operations; Algebra and Functions; Geometry, Statistics, Probability, Data Analysis
- Writing – Multiple Choice Questions and Student-Written Essay
SAT Subject Tests (formerly SAT II) – tests in particular subject areas.
- English – Literature
- History and Social Studies – U.S. History; World History
- Mathematics – Level 1; Level 2
- Science – Biology; Chemistry; Physics
- Languages (some include Listening Test) – Chinese; French; German; Spanish; Hebrew; Italian; Latin; Japanese; Korean
** The best time to take an SAT Subject Test is as soon as you complete a course of study in that subject, so the material is still fresh in your mind.
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Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (for 10th and 11th Graders, given in the Fall)
The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
- Critical reading skills
- Math problem-solving skills
- Writing skills
- Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
- See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
- Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
- Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
- Receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.
Register for the ACT at actstudent.org
The ACT Test (American College Testing)
The ACT® test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.
- The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science.
- The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. Some colleges require the Writing Test; others do not. Students should contact their prospective institutions directly concerning their specific admission requirements.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN the SAT and ACT
(presented by The Princeton Review)
*** Many colleges and universities accept both, the SAT and ACT examinations, as requirements for admission to the schools. Some students prefer the SAT’s over the ACT’s, and vice versa. So we suggest that students look into and take both. Begin by taking SAT and ACT practice tests to get a feel for each exam. With “score choice” for both exams, students can send the scores that they are comfortable with to the schools that they are applying to. Colleges and Universities may have different policies about these exams and your scores, so please check with the specific schools that you are interested in.
*** How do ACT and SAT scores compare? ***
ACT and the College Board have completed a concordance study that is designed to examine the relationship between two scores on the ACT and SAT. These concordance tables do not equate scores, but rather provide a tool for finding comparable scores.
ACT-SAT Concordance Table
(presented by act.org)
Register for the TOEFL at toefl.org
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) program provides English proficiency testing for international students planning to pursue their studies in the United States. The TOEFL exam measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand North American English as it is used in college and university settings. Scores on the test are required by more than 6,000 two-and four-year colleges and universities, professional schools, and sponsoring institutions. The test is offered online throughout most regions of the world. In areas where access to computer-based testing is limited, a paper version of the test is administered. For more information about the TOEFL, please visit www.toefl.org.
CUNY (City University of New York) says for students educated outside the United States (either part or all of your secondary and/or post-secondary education in a country other than the United States):
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is an examination required of applicants who are on temporary visas and whose native language is not English. Please request to have your official scores sent to our processing center, CUNY/UAPC. When registering for the exam, list our University code 2950, and your score will be applied to each CUNY college choice you list on your application. (click here for actual page)
Here’s a list of SUNY (State University of New York) Schools that accept TOEFL and the minimum scores that they are looking for.
Many schools will use a combination of TOEFL, SAT, and/or ACT scores to help determine your admission to the schools. Contact the Admissions Office of the specific college to learn more about their requirements. If you plan to apply to a special program in that school, you should also contact the particular department of that program to learn of any other special admission requirements.