College Entrance Exams (PSAT, ACT, SAT)

  • During this time of both national and international school closures 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 2021 students, most colleges & universities are taking a more holistic approach to students applications and may be waiving college entrance exam requirements.  Please check with the schools you are applying to see if this is an option!  The requirements are changing daily so check often.

    Lakewood High School code is 480586.

    Most universities require 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 Mrs. Irish in the Career Center.


    The PSAT is typically 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.  All 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 not be able to offer the PSAT to students during the 2020/2021 school year due to covid19.


    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:  You must be registered 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