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What are the college admission tests, and how do they differ?

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) - Reasoning Test:

This test is the longer version of the PSAT that Juniors take in October. The PSAT served as practice and as a National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The SAT Reasoning Test consists of Evidence-Based Reading & Writing (ERW), and Math sections. The purpose of this test is to measure the writing, reading, and mathematical reasoning abilities that students develop over time, both in and out of school, which are related to successful performance in college.

SAT -Subject Tests:

These tests are hour-long exams in mathematics, US History, world languages, literature and the sciences. Students are able to self-select the exams that they take, however, they should review college requirements to ensure that they are taking the appropriate tests. (For instance, many schools will “strongly recommend” that a student take the SAT Subject Test, math – either IC or the IIC (the more difficult of the two), and then an additional test of the student’s choice. Some of the colleges that require the SAT Reasoning Test will also require the SAT Subject Tests.

American College Testing (ACT):

This exam consists of four sections: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning and includes an optional Writing test. The purpose of this test is to measure the skills and knowledge that have been developed since middle school.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams:

While Hanover High School does not offer Advanced Placement courses, many students take Advanced Placement (AP) Exams in a variety of subjects.