Testing (practice ideas at the bottom of this page)
TESTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR JUNIORS AND SENIORS 2020-21
The ACT is a college entrance test which is the preferred test of the universities in the Montana University System. The ACT is a widely accepted test by almost all other colleges and universities throughout the nation. The ACT tests students in four areas: English, Math, Science, and Reading. Check individual college requirements to see if the ACT is accepted by the college to which you wish to apply.
Applications for the ACT are available in the CMR Counseling office and the test is administered on the following dates at CMR and GFH. Students are responsible for filling out the application and mailing the application with the test fee. Students can register on-line at www.act.org. Basic test fee is $55 and $70 for the writing test. Students should plan to take the writing portion of the test. A writing score is required for admission to Montana colleges.
Testing Dates Location Registration Deadline
October 24, 2020 CMR September 25, 2020
December 12 2020 CMR November 6, 2020
February 6, 2021 CMR January 8, 2021
April 17, 2021 CMR March 12, 2021
June 12, 2021 CMR May 7, 2021
The free state ACT is March 23rd. All Juniors will take this test.
SAT I: REASONING
The SAT I is a college entrance test that is the preferred test of many of the more selective colleges and universities. It is important to note that there are some colleges that will not accept the ACT. Please refer to the College Handbook to determine which test a specific college prefers or requires.
The SAT I reports three scores: a verbal, writing and math score. SAT I applications are available in the Counseling Office and the test is administered on the following dates at Great Falls High School only. Students are responsible for filling out and mailing the application with fees. Students can register on-line at www.collegeboard.org. Basic test fee is $52 and with writing is $68.
Test Date Location Registration Deadline
November 7 GFH October 7
December 5 GFH November 5
March 13 GFH February 12
May 8 GFH April 8
June 5 GFH May 6
SAT II: SUBJECT AREA TESTS
The SAT II: Subject Area Tests are often required or recommended by some of the more selective or competitive colleges and universities. Used primarily for placement purposes, the SAT II tests your knowledge in specific subject areas.
Generally colleges that require SAT II Tests are fairly rare and they usually require a couple of tests specifically and allow you to choose a third in an area that you may see as a strength. Again, check with individual colleges to see which tests may be required by colleges you are considering.
SAT II Tests are offered at most of the same times and places as SAT I tests. Check the SAT Registration Bulletin for specific dates. Students may not take the SAT I and SAT II tests on the same day. Applications are available in the Counseling Office and, again, students are responsible for mailing in the registration and fees.
The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is the two-hour version of the SAT and also serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. This test will be given on October 14th at both GFHS and CMR. Students who take this test are practicing for the SAT as well as competing for scholarships through the National Merit Corporation. Students receive a verbal and math score as well as a Selection Index score that measures their qualification for the scholarship competition.
Generally juniors with a 3.0 GPA and sophomores with a 3.4 GPA are invited and encouraged to take the PSAT. Other juniors and sophomores may take the test as space is available.
The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is an aptitude test which measures a student's talent for and knowledge of academic and vocational skills. This is a great test for helping students learn more about which careers match their aptitudes, interests and work values.
The ASVAB will be given to interested juniors November 3rd at CMR as a career counseling tool. Counselors will be available to help with the interpretation of the scores. This is an excellent opportunity for juniors to "kick-start" their career and educational decision-making process for their junior year!