Standardized Testing

Standardized Testing
Note: The NMH CEEB/ACT Code is 220730.
 
The range of college admission and advanced-placement (AP) test options can feel overwhelming. Not understanding which test to take and when to take it sometimes causes confusion. Further complicating the testing picture is the change that the SAT is currently undergoing. Below, you will find summary information about each of the tests, our recommendations regarding which test to take and when, who registers for the test and how, the test calendar, and preparation information.During the academic year, NMH is a test center offering on campus all college tests an NMH student needs to take. Diane King, the NMH testing coordinator for the College Counseling Office, can help you if you have questions.   
 
Most colleges require applicants to submit a combination of the SAT, the ACT, and the SAT subject tests. All colleges look at both the ACT and SAT tests without a prejudice for one or the other. Advanced Placement (AP) tests are not required for admission; however, some colleges will use the results of the AP tests to determine course placement. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is typically required for students whose native language is not English.
 
Some colleges are "test optional," meaning applicants do not need to submit test scores as part of their application. Some colleges are "test flexible," meaning applicants can submit a nontraditional blend of test scores taken from a range of test possibilities specified by the college. Please see the National Center for Fair and Open Testing for a listing of test optional and test flexible colleges.
 
As a general rule, we encourage students to take both the SAT and ACT in the winter of junior year. The tests differ, although not as much as they once did, and sometimes a student does significantly better on one of the tests. Students whose native language is not English are also encouraged to take the TOEFL in their junior year. TOEFL scores are only valid for two years.
 
Some colleges require SAT subject tests (usually two; sometimes three). We recommend literature, math I or II, and a subject of the student’s choice (science, history, or language).  Please refer to the Test Sequence section for a listing of the best time to take subject tests. College counselors can work with students to help create a testing plan targeted for individual needs.
 
Most colleges “super score” test results. That is, they take the best scores from different testing dates in the distinct sections of the test to make a single set of scores for evaluation purposes.
 
Students are responsible for submitting their test scores to colleges through the College Board and ACT websites. NMH cannot submit official test scores for students. The self-reported scores on the application are not usually considered official. We recommend that students do not elect to have test scores sent automatically to colleges when signing up for the test until fall of their senior year.
 
Here is general information about each of the tests.
Download the latest registration and test dates for SAT  and subject tests, ACT, TOEFL, PSAT
NMH School Code Number: 220730
 
 
Freshmen:
  • NMH freshmen participate in a standardized testing workshop designed to give students test-taking strategies. 
  • Students who qualify for accommodations should complete the required form with the college office well in advance of testing. Parents must also sign the form for students under the age of 18.
 
10th Grade:
  • NMH sophomores are required to take the PSAT in October. NMH signs students up for the PSAT; parents/students do not register themselves. 
  • Students who qualify for accommodations should complete the required form with the college office well in advance of testing. Parents must also sign the form for students under the age of 18.
  • Begin test preparation the summer between 10th and 11th grade.
  • There are a handful of sophomores enrolled in advanced courses who should consider taking SAT subject tests if they are taking any of the following courses:
  • When signing up for tests, we recommend that you do not elect to have your results sent automatically to colleges. Students will then be able to control submitting official score reports to colleges at their discretion. 
 
11th Grade:
  • NMH juniors are required to take the PSAT in October. NMH signs students up for the PSAT; parents/students do not register themselves. 
  • Most students take the SAT and ACT in the winter of junior year and then again in spring of junior year. Students can take the tests at NMH, but must register themselves for the SAT and the ACT
  • Students who qualify for accommodations should complete the required form with the college office well in advance of testing. Parents must also sign the form for students under the age of 18.
  • Some colleges require SAT subject tests, usually two; sometimes three. We recommend literature, math I or II, and a subject of the student’s own choice (science, history, or language). Students should take the subject tests near the end of the semester when they are taking the following courses:
  • SAT and SAT subject tests are offered on the same days; students can take either the SAT or the subject tests on all of the test dates except the March/April dates. Students can take up to three SAT subject tests on one day.
  • Non-native English speakers must take the TOEFL. NMH offers the iBT several times a year and students need to preregister in the College Counseling Office. 
  • NMH offers AP exams in May. Students must sign up for AP exams through the College Counseling Office. 
  • Continue test preparation during junior year and over the summer between 11th and 12th grade.
  • When signing up for tests, we recommend that you do not elect to have your results sent automatically to colleges. Students will then be able to control submitting official score reports to colleges at their discretion.
12th Grade:
  • Most seniors retake the SAT and ACT in the fall of their senior year. Students can take the tests at NMH, but must register themselves for the SAT and the ACT
  • Students who qualify for accommodations should complete the required form with the college office well in advance of testing. Parents must also sign the form for students under the age of 18.
  • Some colleges require SAT Subject Tests, usually two; sometimes three. We recommend the literature, math I or II, and a subject of the student’s own choice (science,history, or language). Students should take the subject tests near the end of the semester when they are taking the following courses:
  • SAT and SAT subject tests are offered on the same days; students can take either the SAT or the subject tests on all of the test dates except the March/April dates. Students can take up to three SAT subject tests on one day.
  • Non-native English speakers must take the TOEFL. NMH offers the iBT several times a year and students need to preregister in the College Counseling Office. 
  • NMH offers AP exams. Students must sign up for AP exams through the College Counseling Office. 
  • When signing up for tests, we recommend that you do not elect to have your results automatically sent to colleges. Students will then be able to control submitting official score reports to colleges at their discretion. 
 
It is helpful to utilize tenth-grade test results from the PSAT or winter term junior year SAT and ACT results to help students analyze which test best suits them. Once a student decides which test they will concentrate on, there are multiple ways to prepare.  
 
Test preparation options include self-study, tutoring, online prep, and prep courses. NMH partners with Summit Test Prep to offer optional SAT and ACT test-preparation courses on campus in the fall and spring. Our college counselors are available to offer advice to students on standardized test preparation plans.
 
We encourage students to begin preparing for the SAT and ACT as early as the summer between sophomore and junior year. Listed below are some free, online SAT preparation options: