As the new school year begins, we thought it would be important to touch base on the importance of standardized tests such as the PSAT, ACT, SAT and SAT Subject Tests.
- Most juniors should take the PSAT and practice ACT in the fall. For many students, this will be their second time taking the PSAT. The one thing we try to emphasize to juniors is to give these tests 100% effort. Colleges will use standardized tests such as the ACT and/or SAT when determining admissions eligibility. Practice is always encouraged. The PSAT is October 14th. Registration can be completed in the Post Grad Center.
- When looking at the results of the PSAT and practice ACT, juniors need to go through the questions they answered incorrectly or left blank and try to figure out what they did wrong, and how to answer the question correctly. Many juniors do nothing with their results. Since these results give a student the most detailed picture of where they can improve, not going through a PSAT or practice ACT is truly a wasted opportunity. Test prep is available for juniors on their Naviance account.
- Juniors should consider taking the ACT, SAT and SAT subject tests (if needed) in the spring. This allows students to retake either test in the fall of their senior year if needed. The SAT subject tests are only required by certain colleges. Students will need to check with the colleges on their testing requirements. Seniors, if you plan to take or retake the ACT, SAT or SAT Subject tests this fall, remember to register soon. Most colleges require the ACT or SAT to be taken by the end of December of your senior year.
The PSAT test is Wednesday, October 14th.
To register, go to the Post Grad Center.
The PSAT/NMSQT is the only way for juniors to qualify for the National Merit scholarship program. It is also great practice for other standardized college entrance exams for all juniors and sophomores.
Calendar of Events
ACT – click here to register for the ACT.
CEEB code for Smoky Hill 060-452
|October 24, 2015||September 18, 2015||October 2, 2015|
|December 12, 2015||November 6, 2015||November 20,2015|
|February 6, 2016||January 8, 2016||January 15, 2016|
|April 9, 2016||March 4, 2016||March 18, 2016|
|June 11, 2016||May 6, 2016||May 20, 2016|
SAT REASONING TEST AND SAT SUBJECT TESTS - go to http://sat.collegeboard.org/register
CEEB code for Smoky Hill 060-452
|TEST DATES||REGISTRATION DEADLINE||LATE DEADLINE|
|October 3, 2015||September 3, 2015||September 22, 2015|
|November 7, 2015||October 9, 2015||October 27, 2015|
|December 5, 2015||November 5, 2015||November 23, 2015|
|January 23, 2016||December 28, 2015||January 12, 2016|
|March 5, 2016||February 5, 2016||February 23, 2016|
|May 7, 2016||April 8, 2016||April 26, 2016|
|June 4, 2016||May 5, 2016||May 25, 2016|
Test Date Registration
May 2 - 13, 2016 http://www.totalregistration.net/AP/60452
Available on October 1, 2015
We have more colleges than ever coming to visit Smoky Hill in the month of October. To get a complete list of colleges go to Naviance under the college tab.
2015-2016 SHHS College Fairs
|In-State College Fair||October 8, 2015||Grandview HS||6:00 - 7:30 p.m.|
|Greater Denver College Fair||October 10, 2015||Mountain Vista HS||10:00-12:30 p.m.|
|Out-Of-State College Fair||October 7, 2015||Monarch HS||6:00 - 8:00 p.m.|
|||October 8, 2015||Lakewood HS||6:00 - 8:00 p.m.|
|National College Fair||October 11, 2015||Denver Merchandise Mart||1:00 - 4:00 p.m.|
|NACAC Performing Arts College Fair||October 20, 2015||Infinity Park Event Center||7:00 - 9:00 p.m.|
|Denver Spring College Fair||March 13, 2016||Univeristy of Denver||1:00 - 3:00 p.m.|
PSAT: (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)
WHO: Sophomores and Juniors
WHY: The PSAT/NMSQT is the first step towards qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship program. It is also great practice for other standardized college entrance exams.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
BRING YOUR SCHOOL ID FOR CHECK-IN (There are no admission tickets.)
WHERE: SMOKY HILL HIGH SCHOOL
COST: $25.00 cash, check or credit card
REGISTRATION: Payment can be made at check in as part of your fees or you can register and pay in Post Grad.
Bring No. 2 pencils and approved calculator.