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. All juniors will sit for the state mandated ACT test with writing, with a tentative date of March 9, 2021 for the 2020-21 school year, pending postponement for COVID-19-related purposes. Families do not need to register for this test and more information will be sent to families closer to the date.

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.

When registering for any of these exams, you will need the following information:

VAHS School Code is 502-330

Exploration Academy School Code is 502-331

You can register for the ACT test here
Due to Covid-19, for the 2020-21 School Year no in-person ACT Prep will be running at VAHS.
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Test Registration and Information
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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, with fee waivers available for juniors only. For the 2020-21 school year, the test will be offered in January. Registration is currently full.

Like the SAT, the PSAT is designed to measure the ability to understand and process elements of reading, writing, and mathematics. Students take the PSAT/NMSQT in their junior year to determine National Merit scholarship eligibility and to prepare for the SAT.

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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