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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.
  1. 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 15th.  Registration can be completed in the Post Grad Center.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
The PSAT test is Saturday, October 20th.
Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. in Activities Hall
Bring No. 2 pencils, student ID, and approved calculator.
Registration for PSAT is $25.00 until October 12th.
Late registration will be Oct 8th thru Oct 12th an additional $10 fee will be added.
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.
There are over 65 colleges and universities visiting the Post Grad Center during the month of September and October.  To get a complete list of colleges that will be visiting Smoky Hill go to Naviance under the college tab.
​National College Fair ​October 7, 2012 ​Denver Convention Center 1-4 p.m.​
In-State College Fair​ ​October 8, 2012 ​Cherry Creek High School ​6-7:30 p.m.
​NACAC Performing Arts College Fair ​October 8, 2012 ​Denver Center for Performing Arts ​7 - 9 p.m.
​Out-of-State College Fair ​October 10, 2012 ​Monarch High School ​6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
​October 11, 2012 ​John F. Kennedy High School ​6:30 -8: 30 p.m.
​Greater Denver College Fair ​October 13, 2012 ​Douglas County High School ​10 - 12 p.m.
​Denver College Fair ​April 14, 2013 ​University of Denver ​1-3:00 p.m.
Calendar of Events
ACT go to to register
Test Dates                           Registration Deadline              Late Deadline
October 27, 2012                September 21, 2012                  October 5, 2012
December 8, 2012               November 2, 2012                     November 16, 2012
February 9, 2013                 January 11, 2013                       January 18, 2013
April 13, 2013                      March 8, 2013                            March 22, 2013
June 8, 2013                        May 3, 2013                               May 17, 2013
Beginning in the upcoming 2012-2013 testing year, ACT is implementing additional enhancements to safeguard a level playing field for all test takers and help ensure the integrity of ACT score results.
Enhancements include:
  • Students will be required to provide their gender and a photo of themselves when they register.
  • Students will be required to provide their high school when they register.
  • Types of acceptable IDs have been reduced and all require a photo.
  • On test day, test center staff will match the name and photo on the student’s ticket, the examinee roster, and the student’s photo ID to the examinee who arrives to take the test before granting him or her admission.  If students do not bring both their ticket and acceptable photo ID on test day, they will not be admitted to test.
  • Students (including those who hope to test on a standby basis) will be required to register their intent to test and will not be allowed to make any test center or test date changes the day of the test.
More details on ACT’s test security and identification enhancements, including FAQs and links to important resources, can be found at
Test Dates                         Registration Deadline              Late Deadline
October 6, 2012                 September 7, 2012                   Sept. 21, 2012
November 3, 2012             October 4 2012                         October 19, 2012
December 1, 2012              November 1, 2012                    November 16, 2012
January 26, 2013                December 28, 2012                  January 11, 2013
March 9, 2013                     February 8, 2013                      February 22, 2013
May 4, 2013                        April 5, 2013                             April 19, 2013
June 1, 2013                       May 2, 2013                              May 17, 2013
This fall, the College Board will introduce important changes to help ensure everyone has a fair chance on test day. 
Effective with the October 2012 test:
  • You will be prompted to provide an acceptable photo during registration.  The photo will appear on your Admission Ticket.
  • You must present your Admission Ticket with your acceptable photo ID to enter your test center.  NO TICKET, NO ID, NO ADMISSION!
  • Standby test-takers will not be admitted.  (Online requests for waitlist status may be possible until about 5 days before the test).
  • Changes to test center, test date or test type will not be permitted on test day.  They will have to be submitted about 2 weeks prior to test day.
Effective with the March 2013 test:
  • You will be required to provide a photo in order to register for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests.
More details on this subject are available at
PSAT: (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)
The PSAT is the only way for juniors to qualify for National Merit status.  It is also great practice for other standardized college entrance exams.
Test Date                                                   Registration
Saturday, October 20, 2012                       September 4, 2012 in Post Grad
7:30 a.m. in Activities Hall                          $25.00 cash, check or credit card
There are no tickets.  You will check in at 7:30 a.m. on test day in the Activities Hall.
Bring No. 2 pencils, approved calculator and your student ID. 
AP Exams:
Test Date                              Registration
May 6 – 24, 2013        
Available on October 1, 2012
Test Prep:
Sycamore Learning Company will be conducting a PSAT/SAT Preparation Seminar on October 1 & October 2 from 3:15-5:45 p.m. in the Post Grad Center.  In the 5-hour seminar, students will learn about all sections of the PSAT /SAT, take shortened practice tests to get used to the types of questions on the test, and be provided with a multitude of tips and strategies to help them on each section of the test. Included in the $89.00 price of the seminar is an extensive study guide full of tips and strategies, as well as many practice tests with detailed answer explanations.  Register at or call toll free 866-223-9691.
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