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Standardized Testing

(All of which reflect the Common Core Curriculum)



The Pre-Act Exam is given in 9th grade so that by the time our students need to make a decision to take the SAT or the ACT they will have had experienced both kinds of exams since in the 10th and 11th grades, our students will be taking the PSAT Exam. We also feel that since standardized testing continues to be an important part of their high school years and beyond, it is in their best interest to expose them to this kind of exam in their first year of high school. Moreover, it will enable the students to have an assessment of specific skills early in high school so that they will be able to improve any areas that may need to be addressed before the results of other exams like the ACT/SAT/AP etc. go to the colleges, while both the Pre-ACT and the PSAT Exams do not get sent to those institutions.

  • SHA takes care of registering the students for this exam.



The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) is given in the 10th and 11th grade as a primer for the SAT I which students will take in the Spring of their Junior year and if needed, again in the Fall of Senior year. The results of the PSAT Test do not go to the colleges, unlike the SAT I.

In the 11th grade, the PSAT is given as a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Many of these students who do very well on this test will qualify to compete in the National Merit Program. These students could be honored as Commended, Semi-Finalists or a Finalist. These students then will have an opportunity to earn scholarship money for college – from the universities themselves and from sponsoring corporations, etc.

  • SHA takes care of registering the students for this exam.



Since the highest correlation to success on the SAT I/ACT is a rigorous high school curriculum, it is recommended for our students to take these exams for the first time in the Spring of their Junior year and again in the Fall of Senior year, if needed. If a student intends to apply Early Decision/Early Action, the months of September and October will still meet the deadline for the colleges. Those students applying Regular Decision or to Rolling Colleges, will be able to test in the months of November and December. Since it is the quality of the results that matter, not the quantity, we encourage our students to prepare well for these important exams. Furthermore, since these tests are quite different from each other, some students will achieve better success on one exam over the other. Specific questions regarding this matter should be addressed with your daughter’s Guidance Counselor. In addition, before a student registers to take either of these exams in “back to back” months, she should first consult with her Guidance Counselor.


  • The student is responsible for registering for this test online at:



  • The student is responsible for registering for this test online at:
  • Most colleges accept the scores of either the SAT or ACT to make college decisions.


AP (Advanced Placement)

18 Advanced Placement courses are currently offered at SHA in the following areas: Art, Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Computer Science A, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, Italian Language, Music Theory, Physics, Psychology, Research, Seminar, Spanish Language, US Gov’t and Politics, United States History and World History. Students may begin taking AP courses in the 10th grade, provided that they meet the perquisites necessary for entry into the courses. All students in AP classes are required to take the AP exam in May in each and all of their AP subjects. College Credit may be earned depending on the student’s score on the exam. Most colleges will require a 3, 4 or 5 (5 being the highest score possible) in order to grant college credit. More selective colleges will require a 4 or 5.


  • The student is responsible for registering for this test through SHA. Information regarding test registration is mailed home to the family in March.
  • AP Scholar Information – Click here


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