College Entrance Testing

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College Entrance Testing

The SAT and ACT are academic measurement tools used by some institutions in the college admission process. Both exams are designed to measure college readiness within the academic areas of mathematics, English reading, English writing, and vocabulary. Both measurements are accepted by universities and colleges. It's important to learn about the assessments to consider which one might be the best-fit for you. Some institutions will take your "super score" which is your highest score from each section from different test dates. This may lead to a student choosing to take the same assessment more than once, in hopes of getting a higher overall score. It's also important to research the colleges you are considering, learning how the scores may be used in the admission process, and what your options are when sharing scores with institutions. Additionally, be sure to research merit-based scholarship requirements that may also require a test score.

College Entrance
Testing Dates

College Entrance
Exam Guides


Upcoming SAT/ACT Testing Dates at PWCS High Schools

Divisionwide PSAT/SAT College Admission Testing

All high schools throughout PWCS will administer the PSAT and SAT during the 2023-24 school year on the following dates:
Test Administration Date Grade Level Testing Format Information for Seniors
October 18, 2023 Grades 9–11 Digital During this time, seniors will work on the Senior Choice Board Activity.
October 26, 2023 Grade 12 Paper/Pencil Seniors not participating will work on the Senior Choice Board Activity.
March 21, 2024 Grade 11 Digital What to expect with the digital SAT (YouTube)

Digital SAT Practice and Preparation (College Board)


Practice for College Entrance Testing

Visit the College Board PSAT Webpage

  • Find out reasons to take the PSAT/NMSQT®
  • How students receive their test scores
  • What to do after taking the PSAT

Test Score Opt-Out Form

The Virginia Department of Education "Regulations Governing Secondary School Transcripts" mandates that local divisions include a student's test record, to include at least the highest score earned on college performance-related standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT on the student's secondary school transcript. Parents, guardians, or others having legal control or charge of a child may elect in writing to have their child's test record excluded from the student transcript (opt-out).

It is important for parents to understand that it is the expectation of four-year colleges, which require an SAT or ACT score for admission, that the test score is sent to the college directly from the testing agency (College Board or ACT). The score which appears on the transcript is for informational purposes only and does not serve as the "official" score for college admissions purposes.

If you do not want your child's college performance-related standardized test scores such as the SAT and ACT to be included on his/her official secondary school transcript, please submit the ACT/SAT Opt-Out Form (PDF) to your child's school counseling department.

You do not need to submit an opt-out form if you wish to include your child's college admission test record on his/her secondary school transcript. You can contact your child's school counselor for more information regarding this option.

Parents can download this form and submit it to the school counseling office if they wish for college entrance testing scores to not appear on the student transcript.

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