Standardized Testing Timeline
The college counselors work with each student to design a standardized testing plan that both suits their strengths and meets the requirements of the colleges they are considering. Listed below is an example of a testing plan for a Haverford student.
PSAT in October. Sophomore PSAT scores will not go to colleges, nor will they enter a student in the National Merit Scholarship Competition.
Diagnostic SAT and ACT in April/May. Each year we offer students a diagnostic test in both the SAT and the ACT to determine for which test they are better suited. We do not encourage sophomores to take an actual SAT or ACT.
SAT Subject Tests in June, for some students. If you are enrolled in honors chemistry, and would like to take the test, please speak to your chemistry teacher. If you are planning on studying engineering in college, you should consider taking the Chemistry SAT Subject Test. Other possible Subject Tests for sophomores may include Math and/or a language test.
PSAT in October. These scores will enter you in the National Merit Scholarship Competition, but will not be submitted to colleges.
SAT in March/May/June, OR the ACT in February, April, or June. Most students take the SAT or ACT for the first time in winter months of their junior year. We encourage students take the SAT or ACT twice prior to the end of the junior year.