STANDARDIZED TESTS

MCAS

All students must pass the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests to qualify for a Longmeadow High School Diploma. The initial MCAS administration is given in the spring of the freshman year. Students who do not pass are retested periodically per the schedule and regulations issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. LHS may offer formal tutoring support for students who do not meet the MCAS proficiency requirements (pending funding).

PSAT

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. For more information go to

SAT & ACT

Most colleges require testing results from either the SAT, administered by the College Board or the ACT, administered by the American College Testing program. Students may take the tests at any authorized test site. The SAT Reasoning Test and the SAT Subject Tests are given at Longmeadow High School in October, May and June. The ACT is not given at Longmeadow High School. Students should consult with their school counselor to develop a personalized college admissions testing schedule.

The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are a suite of tools designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century.

*To register for the SAT, go to www.collegeboard.com

The ACT® test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.

*To register for the ACT, go to www.actstudent.org

AP (ADVANCED PLACEMENT)

Through AP's college-level courses and exams, you can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admission process, and learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated, and inspiring teachers in the world.