Standardized Testing

 All sophomores will be taking the PreACT Assessment on October 19, 2016. Students are dismissed for the day upon completion of tests between 11:30 - 12 p.m. Click here for more information about the PreACT.

Juniors will be taking the PSAT on October 19, 2016. They will dismiss between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m. Click
here for the PSAT registration form.

The major standardized tests students take in high school are the PreACT, PSAT, ACT, and the SAT. The PreACT provides students with practice, as they are able to see what the ACT will be like. It serves as a preliminary ACT. The PSAT/NMSQT, a preliminary SAT, assesses students’ knowledge in reading, writing and language, and math. Both the PreACT and the PSAT are not intelligence tests, but test basic skills students have gained throughout their classes and outside experiences.


Testing By Grade Level

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10th grade: All sophomores will be taking the PreACT on all school test day. This test is a valuable practice tool for the ACT, as it allows students to experience the ACT by answering similar questions and receive scores similar to that of the ACT test. It also enables students to better prepare for the ACT test their junior year. Students will be tested in four core areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The test will take approximately 150 minutes. There is neither a charge nor a registration for the PreACT. Questions about the PreACT can be directed to Mrs. Ness ( ). Click here for additional information about the PreACT.

11th grade: On test day, juniors will take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) which determines National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists. The PSAT assesses students’ skills in three areas: reading , writing and language, and math . The test takes 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete. Students will receive the student guide to the PSAT and a full-length practice test. There is a $15.00 charge for the PSAT. Checks should be made to Lourdes High School. Score reports will be available beginning in January 2017. Please contact Ms. Pannell ( ) with questions about the PSAT. Click here for additional information about the PSAT.


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The ACT is an assessment juniors and seniors take for college admission. It consists of English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning. Each section is scored from 1-36 and is scaled for variations in difficulty. The composite score is the average of the four scaled scores and the average for Lourdes students is typically a 26 . The optional Writing Test is a separate score on a scale of 1-12 and should be taken at least once since most colleges require a writing score. The ACT is given on Saturdays throughout the year at various high schools and colleges, listed below. This year we will be offering testing here at Lourdes in October, December, February and April. We recommend that juniors register for the February ACT since they have completed first semester exams. Students may take the ACT more than once and request their best score be sent to colleges. Students may register online at

The SAT is another college admission test which is taken by approximately 10% of Lourdes students.  The SAT measures students' knowledge and skills in three distinct areas: reading, writing and language, and math. A total score will range from 400 - 1600. Students may also take the optional essay test, which is scored on a scale of 2 - 8; this score is not reported in a student’s total score. Colleges and universities will indicate which of the admissions tests are required but in most cases either the ACT or SAT is accepted. The SAT is offered in October, November, December, January, March, May and June. SAT Subject Tests are required for certain schools for admission or placement, and are offered on specific dates throughout the school year. Please note: Lourdes is not a testing site for the SAT or SAT Subject tests. Students may register online at


Testing Preparation

Sophomores and juniors are encouraged to engage in test preparation prior to taking either the ACT or the SAT. Students may utilize a variety of resources including test preparation books, online resources, and tutoring services. Please click here for more information regarding the tests and resources.

Recommended test-taking dates:

  • Sophomores - October PreACT
  • Juniors - October PSAT; December - June ACT and/or SAT, SAT Subject tests (if necessary for college admission)
  • Seniors - September - December ACT and/or SAT, SAT Subject tests (if necessary for college admission) 

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