ACT - American College Testing
For college admissions, students often need to take the ACT.
The ACT includes tests in four areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. Because it measures the knowledge, understanding, and skills that students have acquired throughout their education, the ACT is roughly three hours long. You have six administration dates a year to choose from and Silver Creek is a testing site, so look no further! Registration and testing dates are regularly updated on this page.
PSAT/NMSQT - Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
The PSAT/NMSQT is great practice for the SAT Reasoning Test and juniors who take the test may qualify to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation programs. The PSAT is two hours and ten minutes long and measures mathematics, reading, and writing skills. The PSAT measures reasoning skills that have developed over time, not specific facts.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a program for juniors in high school, uses PSAT scores to provide an initial screen of program entrants and to designate groups of students to receive recognition. Each year, about 1.3 million high school students enter the competition, 50,000 are recognized for their academic potential, and 9,700 win Merit Scholarship awards or Special Scholarships for college undergraduate study. The PSAT is a key component in this scholarship opportunity.
For college admissions, students often need to take the SAT.
The SAT is a college entrance exam that the vast majority of colleges require for admission. The SAT is a reasoning test, meaning that it measures how well students analyze and solve problems – skills learned in high school that are needed in college. It allows students to demonstrate to colleges not only the specific subject material that they’ve learned in school, but also their ability to think critically.
The SAT tests your skill in three areas: mathematics, reading, and writing. The exam is three hours and forty-five minutes long. It is recommended that juniors begin taking the SAT Reasoning Test in the second semester.
The SAT is administered seven times a year on Saturday mornings and Silver Creek is a testing site. Registration and testing dates are regularly updated on this page.
SAT Subject Tests
The SAT Subject tests are designed to measure students' knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as their ability to apply that knowledge. Students take the Subject Tests to demonstrate to colleges their mastery of specific subjects in the five general areas of English, history, languages, mathematics, and science. The tests are independent of any particular textbook or method of instruction. The content of the tests evolves to reflect current trends in high school curricula, but the types of questions change little from year to year.
All of the tests call for one hour of testing time, and all consist entirely of multiple-choice questions. Approximately 150 of the nation's 3,600 colleges and universities require one or more of these tests for admission or placement.
The SAT Subject Tests are administered seven times a year on Saturday mornings and Silver Creek is a testing site. Registration and testing dates are regularly updated on this page.
AP Exams - Advanced Placement Exams
Students who have mastered challenging course material may gain college credit for their efforts by taking the AP exams. Earning a score of 3 or better (on a scale of 1 to 5) on an AP exam means a student is generally considered qualified to receive credit for the equivalent course at one of the 2800 colleges and universities that give credit for AP exams. The entering college student who has been given AP recognition can take advanced courses, earn credit toward undergraduate work, or be positioned to pursue double majors.
AP exams are administered at Silver Creek during the first two weeks of May. Registration materials are available to students in the month of February and must be turned in no later than the second week of March.