For admission purposes, most colleges want to know how you scored on the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT. We urge all juniors to take the SAT Reasoning Test by June of your junior year. For those students for whom English is a second language, we also recommend taking the TOEFL, but please speak to a counselor first to determine if it is necessary to do so.
This is an exemption from the SAT/ACT registration fees that depends on your family's financial situation. If you feel you may qualify, please discuss it with your guidance counselor and then see Mrs. O'Neill in the Main Office. Fee waivers are also available for college applications from Mrs. O'Neill and your guidance counselor.
Even if you do not have definite plans for after high school, it protects your options if you have this kind of information about yourself.
The sooner you have the information, the more productive late spring and summer can be for you. And, if you find your junior year scores disappointing, you have the chance as a senior to repeat the test. This will also give you time to explore ways to try and improve your scores.
There are many private organizations, including a four-session review through Newton Community Education, which claim to be able to raise test scores as a result of short-term tutoring. From our experience, we are unsure of such claims. We do, however, strongly recommend your reviewing the important information in "Taking the SAT Reasoning Test" and evaluating the results of your PSAT. Do discuss your individual situation with your counselor in order to best match your needs with the options available.
In the same way that you signed up for the SAT Reasoning Test – either by picking up materials at the College & Career Center and mailing or by registering online or by phone. Take the time to study the sample questions included in the booklet, "Taking the SAT Subject Tests," available in the Resource Room.
English Literature, U.S. History, World History, Biology (Ecological or Molecular), Chemistry, Physics, Math (Level 1 or 2), Latin, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Modern Hebrew.
The language tests are reading only. Language with listening tests are only given during the November test. Languages included for the listening tests in November are Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.
Select those in which you think you can do the best but keep in mind that some colleges do require a specific test. For more specific information, you should always discuss the appropriateness of taking any subject tests and the best ways to prepare for them with your subject teachers.
You should take an SAT Subject Test when the subject matter is freshest in your mind and you are apt to know the most. For example, some students take a science subject test at the end of Grade 10, as they are finishing the course. For courses that are continuing (e.g., Spanish), you should plan to take the test as late as you can and still have the results available for college admission decisions.
Score Choice is an option where students are able to select which scores they send to colleges for the SAT Reasoning test (by test date) and SAT Subject tests (by individual test). Scores from an entire SAT Reasoning test will be sent. Some colleges require all testing. Please check each school's policy.
It depends on your own special circumstances. See your counselor or someone in the learning center to discuss your particular situation. If you are eligible for any variation in time limits, you must consult with your counselor and/or the head of the special education department in order to learn registration details. You need to do this well in advance of the testing date.
Sunday test dates are available.
This is an alternative to the SAT sponsored by the American College Testing Program. It is accepted at virtually every college and university and can be used in lieu of either the SAT Reasoning Test and/or SAT Subject Tests at many colleges. It is composed of four sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning. It is not given at Newton South, but is administered at Newton North. There is also an optional writing section.
Bilingual students whose first language was not English and whose command of Engish is not as strong as it might be often take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) The TOEFL is taken in addition to SATs. Speak to your counselor and/or head of the ELL program regarding the applicability of the TOEFL to your situation and to learn registration details. You must do this well in advance of the testing date. To register, please go online to www.toefl.org. The TOEFL is taken at a designated center on a computer.