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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 18th.  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.  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.

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ACT – go to to register

CEEB code for Smoky Hill 060-452




​October 25, 2014 ​September 19, 2014  ​October 3, 2014
​December 13, 2014   ​November 7, 2014 ​November 21, 2014
​February 7, 2015 ​January 9, 2015   ​January 16, 2015
​April 18, 2015  ​March 13, 2015​March 27, 2015
​June 13, 2015     ​May 8, 2015    ​May 22, 2015



CEEB code for Smoky Hill 060-452

​October 11, 2014  ​September 12, 2014    ​September 30, 2014
​November 8, 2014​October 9, 2014 ​October 28, 2014
​December 6, 2014​November 6, 2014​November 24, 2014
​January 24, 2015 ​December 29, 2014​January 13, 2015
​March 14, 2015   ​February 13, 2015​March 3, 2015
​May 2, 2015​April 6, 2015 ​April 21, 2015
​June 6, 2015  ​May 8, 2015​May 27, 2015


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:             Saturday, October 18, 2014  

Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. in Activities Hall


(There are no admission tickets)

Where:           Smoky Hill High School Activities Hall

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.

*No Refunds

AP Exams:

Test Date                        Registration

May 5 – 16, 2015    

Available on October 1, 2014


Please be aware of deadlines!  The Post Grad Center requires at least 5 working days to process transcripts.  School breaks and holidays are not considered working days.  You can find college deadlines online or stop by the Post Grad Center.

College representatives will be visiting Smoky Hill this fall.  Please come to the Post Grad Center and meet with the college admission officers and ask questions specific to their institution.  See the list of visiting colleges on Naviance.


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.

2014-2015 SHHS College Fairs

Thursday, October 9th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. – In-State College Fair

Cherokee Trail High School

Friday, October 10th, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. – In-State College Fair

Overland High School

Saturday, October 11th, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - In-State and Out-of-State College Fair and Workshops

Mountain Vista High School

*Workshops on scholarships, NCAA Eligibility, financial aid, and applying to a private school will be held throughout the fair

Wednesday, October 15th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Out-of-State College Night

Monarch High School

*Financial aid presentation from 5:15pm-6:00pm

Thursday, October 16th, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - In-State and Out-of-State College and Scholarship Fair

John F. Kennedy High School

*Colorado ASSET Bill presentation from 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. and  financial aid presentation from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Please note that these fairs are automated, which means that many of the college representatives will have scanners.  Students who register at can print out a bar code they can bring with them to the fair, which colleges can scan, rather than filling out information cards at each table.  If students will be attending more than one automated fair this fall, they only need to register once and can select multiple fairs. College reps will still have information cards available for students who don't bring a bar code.

Saturday, October 18th, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. - National College Fair

Denver Convention Center

Wednesday, October 22nd, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  - NCAC Performing Arts College Fair

Cherry Creek High School

To Be Determined, 1:00-3:00 p.m. - Denver Spring College Fair

University of Denver


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