High School Assessments
Advanced Placement (AP):
Rise to your full potential by taking the most rigorous courses Upper Perkiomen High School has to offer. To learn about the AP exam including information about:
- The AP exam process
- The AP exam calendar
- How to prepare for the AP exam
- Potential for College Credit
Please visit the AP website by clicking, here.
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) in the United States. Approximately 3.5 million students take the PSAT/NMSQT each year.
To learn about the PSAT/NMSQT please visit the College Board website by clicking, here.
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT):
The SAT is not an IQ or intelligence test . Instead, the College Board states that the SAT tests the literacy, writing, and mathematical competency skills required to thrive in American universities.
While the SAT is not taught in American high schools, it is meant to be a reflection of the CORE Curriculum and to predict college success. The College Board states that any student capable of getting a high GPA in an American high school should be able to excel on the SAT.
The SAT is used by American college admissions committees, along with student GPA, essays, recommendations, and extracurricular activities, to evaluate the merits of their applicants.
Having undergone a major revision in 2005, the SAT is launching yet another revision of its formatting and subject matter in March of 2016. The New SAT will be scored on a 1600-point scale, will be essay-optional, and will take slightly under four hours to complete.
The New SAT will eliminate the use of vocabulary almost entirely (instead opting for “vocabulary in context” problems) within the reading section, will disallow the use of a calculator on one of its two math sections, will remove a penalty for wrong answers (a hallmark of all previous versions of the exam), and will aim to be a more accurate reflection of the Common Core Curriculum in an attempt to appeal to students and college admissions committees.
To learn more about the SAT please visit the College Board website by clicking, here.