College Admission Testing

College Admission Testing Students may use either the ACT or SAT Reasoning Test for college admission purposes. Students taking either of these tests for college admission purposes are advised to register for the test at least two months prior to the post-secondary school’s admission deadline. Juniors typically take tests more than once, beginning with early winter test dates the junior year through fall test dates the senior year. Students do not need to take the ACT and the SAT but may choose to take both in order to select the test which best suits their purposes. A few highly selective colleges use the SAT Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Only students applying to this select group of colleges need to take the SAT Subject Tests. Fee waivers are available for qualified students. See a counselor for more information.

VAHS School Code is 502-330

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Test Registration and Information


VAHS sophomores and juniors are invited to take the PSAT/NMSQT in October of each school year. Registration information is mailed to each family in those grade levels in the fall. This is an optional test and requires a registration fee.

The PSAT/NMSQT is a college preparatory test offered to sophomores and juniors that uses a similar format and scoring system as the SAT. The SAT is a college entrance exam used for admissions at some colleges. 

The PSAT/NMSQT is shorter than the SAT and is designed for high school juniors who have completed Geometry. Scores from the PSAT/NMSQT are not used in the college admissions process, rather they serve as a preliminary or practice opportunity. 

Students may choose to take the PSAT/NMSQT for the following reasons: 
+ Prepare for the SAT 
+ Enter competitions for scholarships 
+ Receive information from colleges 
+ Begin college and career planning 
+ Help assess academic skills necessary for college-level work 

Additional information on the PSAT/NMSQT is available from the College Board:

The PSAT/NMSQT is the only qualifying test for National Merit Scholarships and recognition programs. Only scores posted by juniors qualify for National Merit. Sophomores who score well on the test should retake the test their junior year in order to qualify for such scholarships. 

Additional information is available from the National Merit Scholarship Program:


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