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Standardized Testing Information

Pembroke High School's CEEB Code: 221741

SAT

The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. It is a multiple-choice test with two sections, math and evidence-based reading & writing.  Each section of the SAT is scored on a 200-800 point scale. The highest possible SAT score is 1600. The SAT is 3-hours long and has a registration fee of $55. Most high school students opt to take their SAT or ACT in the spring of their junior year and/or fall of their senior year.

The purpose of the SAT is to measure a student's readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. College admissions officers will review standardized test scores, high school GPA, the competitiveness of the high school transcript, letters of recommendation from teachers and guidance counselors, extracurricular activities, and the college essays. The importance of SAT scores are in the college application process varies from school to school.

Some colleges have test-optional admission policies, which means students can decide if they want to submit their SAT or ACT scores to the colleges as part of their application. Fairtest.org provides the list of colleges that are test-optional. 

SAT test dates and registration deadlines can be viewed here. 

PSAT

PHS Sophomores and Juniors took the PSAT/NMSQT on October 26th. Scores will be available on December 5th & 6th. Students may view their scores by creating or logging into their existing College Board account. Guidance counselors will meet with all juniors and sophomores in January to discuss how to improve scores and prepare for the SAT.

Students should visit satpractice.org to share their scores and get a personalized SAT study plan based on results from the PSAT/NMSQT or the PSAT 10.

Students are strongly encouraged to link their College Board and Khan Academy Accounts. 

Please view this tutorial video to help understand PSAT scores and for more information on how PSAT/NMSQT scores are calculated. 

  1. Go tosatpractice.org. 
  2. Create an account on Khan Academy or sign in to their existing account.
  3. When prompted, agree to link their Khan Academy and College Board accounts.
  4. Send their scores.

ACT

The ACT  is also an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. It is a multiple-choice test with four sections, English, reading, math and science.  Each section of the SAT is scored on a 1-36 point scale. The composite ACT score is the average of the four sections, also on a scale of 1-36. Students may opt to take the Writing Test and will receive a separate score for this portion. The ACT is 2 hours and 55 minutes long and has a registration fee of $60.00 without writing and $88.00 with writing. Students that received reduced or free lunch may contact their guidance counselor for a fee waiver. Most high school students opt to take their SAT or ACT in the spring of their junior year and/or fall of their senior year. 

The purpose of the ACT is to measure a student's readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. College admissions officers will review standardized test scores, high school GPA, the competitiveness of the high school transcript, letters of recommendation from teachers and guidance counselors, extracurricular activities, and the college essays. The importance of SAT scores are in the college application process varies from school to school.

Some colleges have test-optional admission policies, which means students can decide if they want to submit their SAT or ACT scores to the colleges as part of their application. Fairtest.org provides the list of colleges that are test-optional. 

ACT test dates and registration deadlines can be viewed here

AP COURSES

The AP Program offers students the opportunity to take college-level courses and exams in high school. Students may earn college credit at many colleges and universities if a score of 3 or higher is earned. AP exams are given in May and are scored on a scale of 1-5. 

Advanced Placement requirements and curriculum are determined and approved by the CollegeBoard. All courses are designed to challenge students who are academically ready, diligent, highly motivated and able to move beyond the standards of a high school honors curriculum to those of a collegelevel survey course. These courses involve considerable enrichment and acceleration as well as extensive independent long-term assignments. The College Board estimates 8-10 hours of homework per week, per AP course. 

Pembroke High School currently offers the following Advanced Placement Courses: 

AP Biology
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Chemistry
AP Computer Science A
AP Computer Science Principles
AP European History 
AP French
AP Government & Politics
AP Language & Composition
AP Latin
AP Literature & Composition
AP Physics
AP Psychology
AP Spanish
AP Statistics
AP Studio Art
AP US History