Basehor-Linwood High School

Skip to main content
Main Menu Toggle
BLHS Counseling » TESTING- What you need to Know about the ACT, SAT, PSAT & the Accuplacer

TESTING- What you need to Know about the ACT, SAT, PSAT & the Accuplacer

ACT

The ACT is comprised of four tests: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning. For an additional fee, one may also take the Writing Plus component. Students can take the ACT multiple times. Most people take it at least once during junior year and again in senior year. The ACT is offered seven times during the year. Students may take the test here at BLHS.

The website for ACT is www.actstudent.org .

SAT

The SAT measures skills in Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing. Although not offered at BLHS, several schools in the metropolitan area offer this testing opportunity. The SAT has traditionally been the test of choice for selective schools, but most places will take either ACT or SAT. In addition to the regular SAT, there are also SAT Subject Tests. One may take up to three subject tests during a testing session. They include several core areas as well as international languages.

SAT information may be found at www.collegeboard.org .

PSAT

The PSAT is offered on a Wednesday morning in mid-October. For juniors, the PSAT is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Academically strong sophomores and juniors are usually the ones who take this test.

ACCUPLACER

The Accuplacer is a web-based assessment tool to determine skills in reading, writing, and math. It is used by post-secondary institutions to assess student preparedness for introductory credit-bearing college courses. The Accuplacer is administered to students who are taking courses offered for college credit.