This year the SAT will be given to all 11th graders on April 5, 2017. The SAT will replace the PARCC assessment as the required high school exam in Illinois. There will be no student costs for this SAT and scores will be able to be submitted to colleges for admission and scholarship decisions. The SAT is similar in design to the ACT, and most colleges place equal weight on the results from either test.
A practice test is available, the PSAT/NMSQT, which will be given on Wednesday, October 19 during the PTHS Block Day periods 1 and 3. Juniors can participate in the PSAT/NMSQT, and it is the only way for a junior to be given consideration for a National Merit Scholarship. There are also additional scholarship opportunities associated with participating in the PSAT/NMSQT including the R.R. Donnelley’s Scholarship for sons and daughters of employees. Any PTHS Junior interested in being a part of the exam is encouraged to pick up preliminary information about the test in the Guidance Office. Cost for the PSAT/NMSQT is $15.00, payable at the time of registration by check made out to PTHS. Registration with payment is available in PTHS Guidance through September 16.
Since colleges and universities will accept either the ACT or the SAT for admission, students may still choose to take the ACT, and the ACT will still be offered at PTHS on October 22, April 8, and June 10. To register for the ACT, please visit www.actstudent.org.