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College Exams

SAT Essay Policies for Colleges

SAT Essay Policies for Colleges


This includes College Board's most up-to-date essay policy information for U.S. and international colleges, as well as scholarship providers. If you do not see a college you’re looking for, or if you want to make sure a college’s essay policy hasn’t changed, contact the College Board directly.


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PSAT/NMSQT(Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test):

The preliminary/practice SAT is administered nationally in October. Students become familiar with the type of questions found on the SAT. Junior year scores can qualify students for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Registration is done through DVHS. It is highly recommended that juniors take this test to see what areas they should focus on when studying for the SAT.  Visit www.collegeboard.com for more details.


A preliminary/practice ACT administered to sophomores at many high schools. In addition to measuring academic achievement, a career component is included. Registration is at the high school. Currently, DVHS does not offer the PreACT. Visit www.act.org for more details.

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test):

A college admissions test required by many colleges and universities as part of the college admissions process. This is a 3 hour, 45 minute test that measures critical reading, writing, and mathematics skills. Register online and visit www.collegeboard.org to practice to access a free practice test and sample questions. 

SAT Subject Test (subject-based tests in history, literature, mathematics, science, and languages):

Some colleges and universities require these tests for admission; be sure to check each school's requirements. Each test is one hour long. Register online and visit College Board SAT Subject Test website to access test preparation advice.

ACT (American College Test):

A college admissions test required by many colleges and universities as part of the college admissions process. It is a three-hour test comprised of four parts: English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning. An optional writing test has been added for those students applying to the University of California and some other colleges and universities. Registration information and materials are available in the Counseling Department or College and Career Center. Visit www.actstudent.org for more details and to register online.

AP (Advanced Placement):

Advanced Placement exams are given in May. Scoring a 3, 4, or 5 (out of 5) will often enable a student to receive college units of credit upon matriculation to a college or university. Pick up the Advanced Placement Bulletin from the Counseling Department or in the College and Career Center for more information about the tests and college credit policies. Register for these tests on the DVHS Webstore.

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