SAT/ACT Prep Tools

SAT/ACT Test Preparation



The PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test) is a preliminary version of the SAT.   By taking the test, students not only get a glimpse of the types of questions that will be asked on the SAT, but also can now better prepare for the test. For juniors, a good score makes you eligible for scholarships. The highest score on the PSAT is 1520.  The new PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes. You will be tested in Math, Evidence based Reading and Writing and Language.  Bring a PSAT approved calculator. For a list of approved calculators click HERE.


After the Test

You will receive your PSAT score reports during spring semester.  Click HERE to watch a video that will help you understand your scores. 


After reviewing your scores on College Board, be sure to link your College Board account with Khan Academy.  Click HERE to learn how!

Why Take the Test
1) Get free personalized and focused practice through Khan Academy
2) Prepare for the SAT
3) Enter Scholarship Opportunities
4) See which AP courses you might be ready for
Below are a list of Scholarship Organizations that the PSAT links students with:
The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies outstanding Hispanic/Latino students and
shares information about them with interested colleges and universities. To be eligible, students must be at
last one-quarter Hispanic/Latino as well as meet minimum PSAT cutoff scores and GPA.
The National Scholarship Service (NSS) offers a free college advisory and referral service for students who plan to attend two-year or four-year colleges. Scores will be sent for juniors who indicate that they are African American or black.
Telluride Association offers scholarships to highly gifted juniors for summer seminars in the humanities and social sciences.
The College Board also partners with several other organizations who provide millions of dollars scholarships to qualified low-income and minority students. Help them find you by opting in to Student Search Service ® when you take the PSAT/NMSQT. These organizations include:
American Indian Graduate Center (
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (
United Negro College Fund (

 Click HERE for an extensive breakdown of the PSAT and National Merit Scholarship Program


The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing, and math. Used in combination with high school GPA, SAT scores are the best predictors of a student’s potential to succeed in college

When do you take the SAT?

Most students take the SAT for the first time in the spring of their junior year and again in the fall of 12th grade. Students can take the new SAT starting March 2016. It will replace the current SAT.


The test costs $64.50. Juniors and seniors at Poly are eligible for two fee waivers. You may take the test twice for free. You may register at

Make sure you sign up for the essay. You’ll need to upload a photo when you register

Students with disabilities who want to test with accommodations must request them from the College Board at least seven weeks before test day. (See you counselor)

Get to know the test

The new SAT will be aligned with school curricula

  • Emphasis on language, mathematical and analytical skills that are essential for college success.
  • Find out what kinds of questions will be asked on the new SAT and which skills and knowledge areas it will test. Click HERE for updates on the test design.



SAT online practice tests can be found at College Board SAT.

Information provided by College Board

The Khan Academy (partnership with SAT) (/sat/practice)

College Board SAT Study Guides may be purchased or available in college center or libraries for checkout.

 Los Angeles Public Library SAT Preparation Series:



The American College Test (ACT) is a standardized test admission officers use to compare applicants. All universities accept either ACT or SAT. It tests your knowledge in English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. It is a curriculum based test. 

When do you take the ACT

Like the SAT, you may take it for the first time in the spring of your junior year and again in the Fall of your senior year. The test including essay is 3hours and 40 minutes.


The cost is $62.50 with essay. You must take the essay. If you are a junior or senior you may receive two fee waivers.  You may take the test for free. You may register at


Online practice tests can be found on ACT website. is offering ACT free practice test-

ACT Study Guide also available in stores for purchase,  for check-out in public library, and may be checked out of college center.