Standardized Test Prep
The SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) is a widely used college entrance exam. We recommend that TYWLS Astoria students take the SAT twice during their junior year. The SAT is an aptitude test that measures reasoning and verbal abilities. Students receive critical reading (verbal), math, and writing scores. Scores range from 200-800 for each section, and the average for each section is about 500.
The PSAT/NMSQT is a practice test for the SAT. It is also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program. TYWLS Astoria students take this test at school during their sophomore and junior years. Only the junior year results are used to determine National Merit standings.
Each SAT Subject Test is a one-hour test that measures a student's knowledge in a specific subject area. This test is not required for all students. Students should do research to see which schools require Subject Tests
The ACT (American College Test) is a college entrance exam. We recommend that TYWLS Astoria High School students take the ACT in June of their junior year. The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. This test measures a student's reasoning ability and knowledge in specific subject matter. Students receive math, science reasoning, English, reading and a composite score. The maximum composite score is a 36. We ask that students also register for the optional writing test.