College Entrance Exams


  • Many four-year colleges require that students be in the upper half of their graduating class and perform satisfactorily on an entrance test such as the American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Two-year schools accept the ACT & SAT, but also have other test options depending on their requirements.  The ACT is the most widely accepted college entrance exam.  SAT was generally required by Ivy League or various schools on the coast mainly.  The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).  PSAT is used mostly for for juniors to gain entrance into the scholarship opportunity or for underclassman to either gauge how they might do on the SAT or utilize the score for use in PSEO registration. 

    Did you know that recently many four-year colleges are beginning to take a more holistic approach to entrance requirements and have become ‘test optional.’ You can check with the respective admissions office of the schools you are interested in or for a listing of schools that are being reported as having gone test optional, check out LIST of TEST OPTIONAL SCHOOLS.

    Explore the statistics of average scores of the last incoming freshmen class at each school, how important things like college entrance exams, GPA, class rank, letters of recommendation, etc... are post-secondary schools you might be considering.  MCIS can provide all the detail for you.  Students can simply choose the Log-in with Clever option on the home page to utilize their same username and password as other LSHS technology.  Any other questions, please talk with Julie Peterson in the Career Center.

  • ACT Test Information

  • PSAT - Preliminary SAT

  • SAT Test Information