Standardized tests, such as the SAT and the ACT, are important parts of a student’s academic profile. Although some schools minimize their importance or even do not require them for admission, many schools consider them a factor in the admission process as a predictor of future college success. Lakeview students prepare for such tests from the moment they enter the Upper School.
PSAT, SAT, and ACT
In the college counseling process beginning in the winter of the junior year, students are advised to take both the SAT and the ACT. Lakeview students are also well prepared for such tests by virtue of a rigorous program of reading, writing, and mathematics that promotes critical thinking skills. Having taken both tests affords the student the choice of which test best fits their testing style.
To prepare for the SAT and ACT, tenth grade students take the PSAT in October and the Pre-ACT in March on a school day. Eleventh grade students take the PSAT in October and the SAT and ACT in March on a school day. Twelfth grade students take the SAT on a school day in October (optional). Either the SAT and/or the ACT may be repeated in the fall of the senior year. All results are returned during the second semester and allow the student to see their strengths and weaknesses. All SAT tests appear on the score report sent by the College Board to colleges and colleges typically use the highest scores from the math and verbal sections, also known as superscoring. The ACT score report contains only the results from the most recent testing date.
The Advanced Placement exams are given in May each year. A student enrolled in an AP course is required to take the exam. AP exams and their scores are not required for college applications, but good scores may enhance a candidate's college placement.