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, most schools consider them a factor in the admission process as they are a predictor of future college success. Lakeview students prepare for such tests from the moment they enter the Upper School.
Ninth and Tenth grade students take the PSAT and the PLAN, the preliminary ACT, in October and January. All results are returned during the second semester and allow the student to see their strengths and weaknesses. 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.
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. Traditionally, Lakeview students take the SAT twice and the ACT at least once. Having taken both tests affords the student the choice of which test best fits their testing style. Either the SAT and/or the ACT may be repeated in the fall of the senior year. 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.