Standardized Testing

Standardized testing is usually an integral component of the college application process. It is generally part of a holistic college application review which includes academic performance, teacher and counselor recommendations, contributions to school and community, and essays. The importance of test scores varies depending on the college/university to which the student is applying.

Test Dates and Registration
Moravian Academy is not an official test site for the SAT or the ACT.  While we do offer the PSAT and AP exams on campus, students must register for either exam on the official SAT or ACT websites:

Schools That Do Not Require Standardized Testing
For a list of colleges and universities that do not require standardized testing, visit www.fairtest.org

Standardized Testing Options

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Testing Timeline by Grade Level

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  • Ninth Grade

    All freshmen take the PSAT 8/9 in March or April during the school day. This test establishes a baseline measurement of college and career readiness as students enter high school.  This test will:
    • assess the same skills and knowledge as the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT in a way that is appropriate for the ninth grade level;
    • simulate sitting for College Board assessments; and
    • help to identify skill areas for development as the student progresses through the high school career and eventually prepares for college-related assessments.
    Teachers and counselors may use scores to get a sense for where the student is in terms of evidence-based reading, writing, and math skills, but they will not be used for course placement, become a part of a permanent record, nor will they be sent to colleges. There is no need to prepare for this exam.

    Students will meet with the college counselors during a class meeting to gain an understanding of the scores.

    Freshmen who intend to major in science at college and earn a grade of 'A-' or higher in biology may elect to take the SAT Subject Test in biology. Registration is through The College Board. The Moravian Academy school code is 390-335.
  • Tenth Grade

    PSAT – All sophomores are registered by the school; these scores do not become part of the student’s record. Students will meet with the college counselors during a class meeting to gain an understanding of the scores.

    Sophomores who are enrolled in honors chemistry have the opportunity to take the SAT Subject Test in chemistry. Only students who intend to major in science at college and earn a grade of 'A-' or higher in honors chemistry should register for the test. Registration is through The College Board; the Moravian Academy school code is 390-335.

    Because standardized tests play a significant role in the admissions process at a vast majority of colleges and universities, we strongly urge that students consider some form of test preparation over the summer. (See Test Preparation Options.)
  • Eleventh Grade

    • SAT – All juniors are registered by the school; the eleventh grade PSAT relates to eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program and the scores are not sent to colleges. Those students who score in the top five percent of their state will be recognized as Commended Students; those who score in the top half of one percent eventually will be named semifinalists.
    • Optional mock SAT and exams administered by Revolution Test Prep. Families will receive information about dates and registration process each year.
    • Advanced Placement Exams –If you are in an AP class, you will be registered for the exam by Moravian Academy.
    • Decisions about testing options, test timeline, and test preparation should be discussed individually with your college counselor.
    Typical Eleventh-Grade Testing Calendar
    • Take PSAT in October
    • Take SAT for the first time in March (Students who have done significant test preparation may feel prepared to take the test prior to March - August, October, November, or December; students who feel more comfortable with the ACT can follow their individual ACT testing timeline)
    • Take ACT in February, April, June or July (not necessary for students who are satisfied with their SAT scores)
    • Take AP Exams (if applicable) in May
    • Take appropriate SAT Subject Tests in May and/or June
  • Twelfth Grade

    Students will complete their testing requirements (if they haven’t already) in the fall of their senior year.

    Advanced Placement Exams –If you are in an AP class, you will have the option to opt-in or out of your AP exam at the end of the first semester of your senior year.

    Typical Twelfth-Grade Testing Calendar if testing is not complete
    • Take ACT in September or SAT in August or October (depending on which test is the best match based on eleventh-grade scores)
    • Take SAT Subject Tests in October or November if needed
    • Take AP Exams (if applicable) in May
    College Applicant Responsibility
    • While the college counseling staff guides students through the application process, applicants are ultimately responsible for making sure that their colleges receive standardized test results directly from the testing services.
    • Seniors are also ultimately responsible for knowing what testing requirements are in place at the specific schools to which they are applying.
    • Seniors also must know to make adjustments to their Common Application (taking self-reported testing out of the Testing Section) when they are applying to test-optional schools.

Test Preparation Resources

SAT or ACT Preparation can be undertaken in many different ways, and deciding how to prepare is an individual/family proposition. Several approaches are listed below. However, it is worth noting that every year we have students who buy a $20 workbook or utilize the sample exams and questions provided by Khan Academy, a free resource through the College Board and raise their scores significantly.

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