• Standardized Tests

    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.

  • What is the SAT Reasoning Test?

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    It is a 4 hour and 15 minute test, made up of multiple-choice and essay questions, which measure verbal, mathematical, and writing abilities. Please review the Important SAT Information page for additional instructions about the test day.

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  • When is the SAT given?

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    Generally, seven times a year, on Saturday mornings. On these established dates, students all across the country take the same test.

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  • Where is the SAT given?

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    Newton South High School, except in January, and a variety of other local high schools.

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  • How do I register for the SAT?

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    You may obtain a paper registration, directions, as well as bulletins describing SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT in the College and Career Center (Student Center 7132). You can register online (preferred), by mail, and by phone.

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  • How much do the SAT tests cost?

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    The cost to register for the SAT is $43.00. The cost to register for SAT with the essay is $54.50. Subject Tests is $26.00 and $20.00 for each individual Subject Test, except for the language test with listening, which is $26.00.

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  • What is a fee waiver?

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    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.

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  • What is Newton South's CEEB code?

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    Newton South's CEEB code is 221-548.

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  • What is Newton South's test center code?

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    Newton South's test center code is 22-572.

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  • Why should every junior take the SAT Reasoning Test?

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    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.

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  • Why can't I wait and take the SAT during my senior year?

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    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.

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  • What ways are there to improve my scores?

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    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.

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  • What are the SAT Subject Tests?

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    They are hour-long tests in particular subject areas.

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  • How do I register to take one or more SAT Subject Tests?

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    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.

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  • Which SAT Subject Tests are available?

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    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.

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  • How many SAT Subject Tests do I need to take?

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    Many colleges require or recommend that you take two SAT Subject Tests. However, most colleges do not require any, including state schools. Please check the requirements of each school.

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  • Which SAT Subject Tests should I take?

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    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.

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  • When is the best time to take the subject tests?

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    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.

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  • What is Score Choice?

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    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.

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  • Should I take any of these tests if I have a learning disability?

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    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.

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  • What if I cannot test on Saturday because of a religious observance?

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    Sunday test dates are available.

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  • What is the ACT?

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    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.

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  • What is the TOEFL?

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    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.

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