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Academic Testing

Most colleges and universities require entrance examinations for students seeking admission. The ACT is the most commonly used entrance exam for students in the Midwest. Students seeking admission to schools on the East Coast or West Coast often take the SAT.

McDonell Central Catholic offers other optional tests to students, including the PSAT, ASVAB and AP exams. Students must pre-register for these exams and fees may be required.

ACT 
The ACT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The idea (in theory, at least) is to provide colleges with one common criterion that can be used to compare all applicants. The test is made up of five sections, including writing and has a duration of three hours and 40 minutes. It is offered nationally every year in September, October, December, February*, April and June and has a max score of 36. 

     ACT Information

     ACT Test Dates

To register online you will need to enter McDonell's school code which is 500-402.

ASVAB
The goal of the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is to give junior and senior students the opportunity to explore a variety of careers using knowledge they have gained about their interests and skills through assessment components and structured activities.  

     ASVAB Information

PSAT
The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is an optional test often taken by Sophomores and Juniors. It is also the route of entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program, providing students the opportunity to compete with other juniors for scholarships. The test is also used a preparation test for students who will be taking the SAT and provides information about a student's academic potential.

     PSAT Information

SAT
The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. The idea (in theory, at least) is to provide colleges with one common criterion that can be used to compare all applicants. It is offered in October, November, December, January, March, May and June. The test results comprise three different scores: a total score (400-1600), a separate score for Verbal section (200-800) and a separate score for Mathematics section (200-800) and are often taken in four hours. 

     SAT Information

Advanced Placement
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college-level classes in a wide variety of subjects that you can take while still in high school. They offer you challenging course work and a taste of college classes are like. However, in order to take an AP test, a student does not have to take the study course. 

     AP Information

More Information
If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Ruthann Proue, School Counselor at 715.723.9126 x3317