College Entrance Exams (PSAT, ACT, SAT)

  • At this time, MANY changes are being made to SAT, PSAT, & AP exams.  Please see CollegeBoard for the most up-to-date information.  For changes to ACT please see ACT.  For class of 2023 students, many colleges & universities are taking a more holistic approach to students student's applications and may be waiving college entrance exam requirements.  Please check with the schools you are applying to see if this is an option!

    Lakewood High School code is 480586.

    Some universities require or recommend the ACT or SAT as part of their admissions procedures. Schools will typically accept either test, but you should check with your intended school for their specific policies.

    In order for the school to have your scores in time for the admissions deadline, you should plan on taking your tests in your junior year and/or the fall of senior year. Please check the SAT or ACT link below for test dates, registration deadlines, and fees.  If you need assistance with the costs of the tests, fee waivers are available to those who also qualify for free/reduced lunch or other criteria, through Mrs. Irish in the Career Center.  If you are in need of testing accommodations please see Ms. Ham in the Counseling Center.


    The PSAT is taken nationwide in the Fall.  Primarily, juniors and sophomores take this test as practice for future SAT testing.  Taking the test as a junior may qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship program.  Students who see college as an option in their future should take this test as a junior and preferably as a sophomore too.  Lakewood High School will offer the PSAT on Wednesday, October 12TH.


    ACT information, online registration, and test prep:  *It is recommended that you check with your college to find out if they want the writing portion*

    • English: 75 questions in 45 minutes.  Measures standard written English and rhetorical skills.
    • Math: 60 questions in 60 minutes.  Calculator use permitted.  Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12.  Calculators OK.
    • Reading: 40 questions in 35 minutes.  Measures reading comprehension.
    • Science Reasoning: 40 questions in 35 minutes.  Measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences.
    • *Optional Writing: 1 prompt- 30 minutes.  Measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.
    • Scoring: 1-36.  No penalties for wrong answers.


    SAT information, online registration, and test prep:

    • 3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional])
    • Reading: 52 questions in 65 minutes
    • Writing and Language:  44 questions in 35 minutes
    • Math:  58 questions in 80 minutes
    • Essay (optional)
    • Scoring:  Scale ranging from 400-1600

    Choose the SAT Reasoning Test.  The subject tests are only required for certain upper-level college programs.  Check with the school on whether or not you need the essay and/or subject test(s).

    FREE SAT PREP on Khan Academy. 

    NOTE TO STUDENT ATHLETES:  Student athletes may have different or additional recruitment requirements that they must satisfy. Please be sure to register with NCAA.  To send your scores to NCAA enter code 9999 in the proper category.  Click on this link for complete information or for a quick reference guide, this link