College Entrance Testing
Any student that is considering applying to a 4-year school should take the SAT and/or ACT. To sign up for the tests or learn more, go to:
SAT - sat.collegeboard.org
ACT - actstudent.org
When should students take the SAT or ACT for the first time?
Students should take the tests (and prepare for them) in their junior year.
What if I can’t pay for the cost of the SAT or ACT?
Somerville High School provides fee waivers for the SAT and ACT for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Students can use two SAT fee waivers, two SAT Subject Test fee waivers, and two ACT fee waivers. See your counselor for a fee waiver or if you have questions.
How should I prepare for the SAT?
SHS provides two different test prep classes outside of school. The first is Let’s Get Ready, a free program provided by Tufts University. Students in LGR learn SAT strategies from current Tufts students. SHS also provides a Kaplan SAT Prep course in the spring to juniors at a significant discount. See your counselor for more information on these two options.
In addition, there are SAT prep courses offered during the school day for students to choose as electives if it fits into their schedule.
Finally, College Board has partnered with Khan Academy - a website that provides fee educational support in a variety of subjects. Students can use Khan Academy to get a personalized, interactive study program for free!
What is the PSAT?
Somerville pays for all 10th and 11th graders to take the PSAT, which is important preparation for the SAT. In Advisory, students learn about how to understand their scores and use their PSAT scores to prepare for the SAT.
Accommodations for the SAT and PSAT: If you or your student think you need accommodations for the SAT or PSAT, please contact your counselor for more information on how to make that request of the College Board.