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ACT/SAT

These are the two most commonly required college entrance examinations. Most colleges require one or the other, and some will take scores from either test. All test requirements will be made public on colleges’ websites, and students and their families are encouraged to begin looking at those requirements before Senior year. Scores on these tests are one factor that may determine whether or not an applicant is admitted to the school.

In our geographical region, the ACT is more commonly required by colleges.

All TN public school students are required to take the ACT. During their Junior year, our students will be registered by Nolensville for one free ACT test** to be taken in late March/early April.

*Students applying for schools that require the SAT or specific SAT subject tests must register for those tests independently.

**The ACT given at Nolensville does not include the writing section. Students applying to colleges that require the ACT with writing will need to register independently for an additional test session that includes writing.


AP Testing

AP Exam Day – What to Bring

  • Several sharpened No. 2 pencils (with erasers) for all multiple-choice answer sheets.
  • Black or dark-blue ballpoint pens for free-response questions in most exams.
  • Your school code. (If you are a homeschooled student, you will be given a code at the time of the exam.)
  • A watch (in case your exam room does not have a clock that you can see easily).
  • Your social security number for identification purposes. (If you provide it, the number will appear on your AP Grade Reports.)
  • An AP-authorized calculator if you’re taking an AP Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Physics, or Statistics Exam. To check the CollegeBoard calculator policies go to:
    www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/exday_cal.html
  • A ruler or straightedge if you’re taking an AP Physics Exam.
  • A photo I.D. if you do not attend the school where you are taking the exam.

AP Exam Day – What Not to Bring

  • Books, compasses, correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters, or notes.
  • Rulers and straightedges (except as noted above).
  • Scratch paper (notes can be made on portions of the exam booklets).
  • Typewriting equipment, computers (except as noted for students with disabilities), or calculators (except as noted above).
  • Watches that beep or have an alarm.
  • Portable listening or recording devices — even with headphones — or photographic equipment.
  • Beepers, cellular phones, MP3 players, or personal digital assistants (PDAs).
  • Clothing (t-shirts, for example) with subject-related information.

Guessing on the Exams

Scores on the multiple-choice sections of the AP Exams are based on the number of questions answered correctly minus a fraction of the number of questions answered incorrectly. No points are awarded or deducted for unanswered questions. For questions with five answer choices, one-fourth of a point is subtracted for every wrong answer. For questions with four answer choices, one-third of a point is deducted for every wrong answer. Thus, random guessing is unlikely to raise or lower your grade. However, if you have SOME knowledge of the question, and can eliminate one or more answer choices, informed guessing from among the remaining choices is usually to your advantage.


PSAT

The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) is given each October to more than 1,000,000 high school students. Most juniors and many sophomores take the PSAT to gain experience with taking standardized tests. The PSAT is also a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarships, which are awarded based primarily on the junior year PSAT scores. The PSAT is basically a practice SAT, with some minor differences; there is no essay and the test is much shorter. Also, and probably most importantly, PSAT scores do not count in college admissions.

Test components:

Section Type Sections Time Per Section Types of Questions
Critical Reading 2 25 minutes Sentence completion
Critical Reading
Math 2 25 minutes Problem solving grid-in
Writing Skills 1 30 minutes Identifying errors
Improving sentences
Improving paragraphs

Scoring

  • 3 sections: Math, Critical Reading, Writing Skills
  • Scored on a scale of 20-80
  • High scorers (95th-99th percentile) may qualify for the National Merit Scholarships and Letters of Commendation.

Testing accommodations for disabled students

The College Board and the ACT organization offer the opportunity for disabled students or their parents to request reasonable accommodations for testing. However, specific paperwork must be completed, and deadlines must be met. Nolensville’s Counseling and Student Support Services departments can provide
further information.


SAT, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT, and AP Test Accommodations

Eligibility Requirements

  • Have a disability that necessitates testing accommodations
  • Have documentation on file at your school that supports the need for requested accommodations and meets the College Board’s Guidelines for Documentation
  • Receive and use the requested accommodations, due to the disability, for regular tests at school

Some disabilities that may make you eligible for accommodations:

  • Blindness/Vision Impairment
  • AD/HD
  • Learning disabilities
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Deafness/hearing impairment
  • Certain physical disabilities
  • Certain psychiatric conditions

Accommodations available:

  • Presentation (large print, reader, Braille, etc.)
  • Responding (dictated to scribe, tape recorder, computer, etc.)
  • Timing/scheduling (frequent breaks, extended time, etc.)
  • Setting (small group, private room, preferential seating, etc.)

Procedure to follow if you feel you may be eligible for accommodations:

  1. Schedule an appointment to meet with your School Counselor and Student Support Services teacher to determine if you are eligible.
  2. Complete Section I of the Student Eligibility Form. School officials will complete Sections II and III and forward to the College Board.
  3. The College Board will take between 5-7 weeks to review your information, so it’s important to observe their posted deadlines.
  4. You and NHS officials will receive copies of an Eligibility Letter that either identifies approved accommodations and provides you with a SSD ID number OR explains why you were not approved for accommodations.
  5. When you register/indicate that you wish to take a College Board test (AP, SAT, PSAT) with your approved accommodations, you must provide your SSD Eligibility Code.
  6. Take the test with accommodations.

Click here
to visit The College Board’s website for more information.


ACT Accomodations

If you currently receive accommodations in school due to a professionally
diagnosed and documented disability, you may provide documentation to support a
request for one of the following:

  • Standard Time Testing with Accommodations: if you can test at a regular
    center under normal timed conditions, but need another accommodation (wheelchair
    access, large type test booklet, permission for diabetics to eat snacks, etc.).
    Standard registration deadlines apply.
  • Extended Time Testing: approved students receive 50% more time than standard
    time testing (five hours total). Standard registration deadlines apply.
  • Special Testing: for students who use more than time-and-a-half for school
    tests, require testing over multiple days, or use alternative test formats
    (Braille, audiocassette, a reader, or a scribe). Materials must be received four
    weeks prior to the test, but six weeks is recommended.

IEP students should see their student support services teacher for assistance with this application. 504 students should see Mrs. Janney in the Counseling Center or their grade-level administrator for assistance with this application.  The application must be mailed in with the standard ACT registration form. Standard ACT deadlines apply. For more complete information on procedures and necessary documentation, visit
ACT’s Website
.


Testing Help

ACT help from the ACT Website.

SAT help from the College Board Website.

Kaplan. You can sign up for customized test prep tailored to fit you and your needs.

Princeton Review. This site contains information on learning more about test taking skills for the ACT and SAT.

Number2.com

4tests.com

GoCollege.com

FreeTestOnline.com This site contains practice for the SAT, PSAT, ACT, & AP exams.

Online Help

WebsiteDescription
36university.com$15/month subscription for online test prep that uses motion graphics in its instruction, well-suited for visual learners. Use Discount Code 36UACT to make it $10/month.
Ask Dr. MathCollege students answer kids’ math questions online
HippoCampusSpecific textbook correspondence with verbal explanations of subject areas
Homework Help for High SchoolersHomework help for all subject areas
Homework HotlineHomework Hotline provides one‐on‐one free tutoring by phone to Tennessee students and parents.
Khan AcademyA library of over 3,500 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice
Math HelpTopical lessons and sample questions
Virginia Tech Study Skills Self-HelpAssessment, tutorials and inventories of different study skills
wyzant.comThis is an online service that helps match students/families with private tutors in your area. Depending on the level of service you opt to receive, there may be a fee incurred. We have received positive feedback regarding this service from parents who otherwise were having difficulty finding tutors.
To request transcripts, please follow these two steps:

1.  Pay the $2.00 transcript fee by clicking HERE

2.  Fill out the form below, which will be submitted to our Registrar