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San Marcos Academy Standardized Testing


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San Marcos Academy provides our students with the opportunity to take a number of standardized tests necessary for their preparation and acceptance to most colleges and universities. These tests are either administered on campus or at nearby locations. Our college counselor works with students to ensure they have completed all the necessary exams for acceptance to the college or university of their choice.


TOEFL
For our non-native English speaking students the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is offered. This test is required by many colleges and universities for foreign students applying for admissions. It evaluates their ability to combine listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform certain academic skills. For more information on the TOEFL, visit www.toeflgoanywhere.org . Students or parents desiring additional information regarding the TOEFL should contact Mrs. Brooks.


ACT
The ACT is a national college admissions exam that tests the areas of English, mathematics, reading and science as well as a writing test. The ACT results are accepted by all U.S. four year colleges and universities and should be taken no later than 2 months before application deadline to the college or university the student wishes to attend.

For more information on the ACT, go to www.actstudent.org and visit with the Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Ritchie.

ACT testing dates for 2017-2018 are September 9, 2017 and February 10, 2018.


PSAT
The Preliminary SAT is a test that measures skills that are necessary for success in college in the areas of reading, math and science. It is given to provide students practice for the SAT that they will take later in their high school years. All sophomores and juniors take the PSAT prior to the SAT. SMA also uses PSAT scores to evaluate the academic achievement of our juniors (in lieu of another achievement test). For more information on the PSAT, go to www.collegeboard.org or visit with the Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Ritchie.

PSAT is administered one time during the school year. This year's date is October 11, 2017.


SAT
The SAT is a globally accepted admissions test that covers the areas of reading, writing and mathematics. The SAT exam should be taken by students during their junior year and again during their senior year depending on the score on the first exam. The SAT results are accepted by all U.S. four year colleges and universities and should be taken no later than 2 months before application deadline to the college or university the student wishes to attend.

For more information on the SAT, go to www.collegeboard.org or visit with the Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Ritchie.

SAT testing dates for 2017-2018 are August 26, 2017, November 4, 2017, December 2, 2017, and May 5 2018.


TSI
Students wishing to enroll in dual credit college courses while attending San Marcos Academy must first demonstrate eligibility with the TSI test if they are not exempted with either their SAT or ACT scores. This test provides an evaluation on the studentís ability to successfully complete college level courses. For more information on the TSI, go to www.collegeboard.org and type TSI in the search bar. This test may be scheduled by appointment with Mrs. Ritchie any time throughout the school year. For more information about the TSI visit with Mrs. Ritchie or the appropriate Dual Credit Course instructor.


SSAT
The (Secondary School Admission Test) is a test used by some private schools as an admission requirement and is of special interest to many international students. Although San Marcos Academy does not require the test, we make provisions for administering the test here on our campus twice a semester.

For more information regarding the SSAT, visit with Mrs. Ritchie or Mrs. Boyer.


AP Exams
San Marcos Academy provides testing each year for students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses or students who desire to take an AP exam to test the studentís ability to perform at a college level. Colleges may grant credit to students based on their score on an AP exam. Students at the Academy may elect to take an AP exam whether or not they have taken the course. AP exams are given each year in May. For more information regarding AP exams go to www.collegeboard.org or visit with the Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Ritchie.


CTP Achievement Testing
The Comprehensive Testing Program is an assessment of high achieving students in the areas of reading, listening, vocabulary, writing, science and mathematics. This test allows for the comparison of students with similar groups of achievers at a national level. The Academy administers the CTP test to students in the 4th-10th grades each year in order to track the performance of our students. For more information regarding the CTP, visit with Mrs. Ritchie. or with Dr. Guenther. in the Middle School.

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For questions on standardized testing or applying for colleges, contact Lynne Ritchie, our Guidance Counselor in the College Room, or call (512) 753-8016.
     
2801 Ranch Road 12 | San Marcos, Texas, 78666 |Tel: 512.353.2400