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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.

Freshman Year

We do not encourage freshmen to take any standardized tests.

Sophomore Year

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.

Junior Year

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.

Some students may take Subject Tests and Advanced Placement Exams in May and June.

Senior Year

Retake the SAT, ACT, and/or SAT Subject Tests, if necessary.

Testing for Early Decision/Early Action applications should be completed by October. Testing for Regular Decision applications should be completed by December.

The Haverford School Standardized Testing

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