College Entrance Exams

The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is an interest inventory test sponsored by the U.S. Military. The test helps students match their interest and abilities with careers in the military and civilian worlds.

The ASVAB is available for juniors and seniors at no cost. The ASVAB is typically offered at high schools, so check with your school counselor or career center for availability.

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The ACT (American College Test) test measures knowledge and skills acquired during high school. It includes questions in English,
math, reading and science reasoning.

It’s recommended that you take the ACT in the spring of your junior year or fall of your senior year.

There are additional fees for late registration, standby testing, changing test centers or test dates, and for additional services and products. Additional information and testing dates for the current year are available online at

The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) measures a student’s ability to do college work. The PSAT is a short form of the Scholastic
Aptitude Test (SAT) and measures verbal, mathematical and writing skills.

It’s recommended that you take the PSAT as a junior or sophomore in high school. For students who are enrolled in honors courses, it is recommended to take the PSAT as a sophomore. The PSAT is the qualifying test for scholarship competition for juniors called the National Merit Scholarship.

The PSAT is not used for college admissions. Check with your school counselor about upcoming test dates and the current cost of the
PSAT. More information can also be found about PSATon the College Board website page at

The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is a measure of critical thinking skills and assesses how well you analyze and solve problems. Each edition of the SAT includes critical reading, math, and a writing section.

It is recommended that you take the SAT in the spring of your junior year or the fall of your senior year.

Beginning spring 2012 the Idaho State Board is offering FREE SAT exams for all juniors enrolled in a public school in the state of Idaho. More information regarding the specific test date/time/location will be communicated by each high school.

Some out of state colleges or universities may prefer the SAT over the ACT for admissions. Check with the individual schools you are interested in to find out their preference on college entrance exams.

More information can be found on the SAT website at

Test Preparation
For help with practicing for the ACT exam visit the website

For SAT practice questions and suggestions to prepare for SAT exam visit the website
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