Descriptions of College Entrance Exams
American College Testing Program (ACT): This test covers English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning. A writing section is an optional feature, we recommend that students sign up to take the written portion at least once. You can register online at http://www.actstudent.org/.
The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT Reasoning Test): This test restructured in March 2016, with SAT’s biggest goal to make sure the test became highly relevant to students’ future success. It is now more focused on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. It measures what students learn in high school and what they need to succeed in college. It contains a reading test, writing and language test, math test, and an optional essay.
This test is published by the College Board. You can register in hard copy (available in the CIC) or online at http://www.collegeboard.com/.
SAT Subject Tests: College Board Examinations that are designed to measure the amount and quality of learning in various subject matters. Twenty tests in 5 subjects are available. They are also published by the College Board and registration forms are included in the same booklet with the SAT Reasoning Test or online at http://www.collegeboard.com/. Up to three subject tests may be taken in one sitting. Colleges usually indicate in their admission criteria if subject tests are required or encouraged and if so, which ones.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): This test is to evaluate English proficiency of people whose native language is not English.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP): Tests offered by the College Entrance Examination Board that many colleges accept as credit toward a degree even though the person taking the test may not have gained experience or knowledge in a formal educational setting. These are usually given at the college level. CLEP testing is offered locally at the testing center at Bossier Parish Community College.
Advanced Placement Tests (AP): These college -level tests are for students who have studied advanced placement courses in high school. College credit or advanced standing may be earned by taking these tests if certain scores are made and the college accepts those scores. These tests are conducted by the College Board but administered by the high school.