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CEEB Code for SSHS 053372

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Test Prep Resources

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Standardized Testing

College Entrance Exams

Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). This test is given once a year in October at SSHS. The PSAT is open to all Freshman, Sophomore, and Juniors. Junior year PSAT results are entered into competition for National Merit Scholarships

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). This test is used by most colleges and universities as the examination portion of their entrance requirements.

College Board

American College Test (ACT).  This test is another form of the examination portion of the entrance requirement to colleges and universities. 

ACT

SAT Subject Tests

UCs will not consider SAT or ACT test scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships. With this change, and the College Board's discontinuation of SAT Subject Tests, Admission by Examination has been suspended. If you choose to submit test scores as part of your application, they may be used for course placement following enrollment.  

There are still some colleges (i.e. Ivy League and other highly selective universities) that require subject test scores. Make sure to check the requirements for the schools you are interested in. Many of the schools who do not require them, do invite students to submit Subject Test scores if they feel the score(s) will elevate their application.

There is no downside for students to continue to take the Subject tests. If a student scores well (i.e. in the 600+ range), they have the option to send the scores and having it potentially help their application. If they do not score well, there is simply no need to submit scores.

Please note: Scores are not posted on the SSHS transcript.

Fast facts about AP Exams (from the CollegeBoard website):

  • In 2015, over 4.5 million exams were taken by more than 2.5 million students at over 19,000 high schools.
  • All AP Exams include a multiple-choice and free-response section, with the following exceptions: Seminar (written exam), Research (academic paper and presentation and oral defense), and all three Studio Art exams (portfolio assessment). AP Exams in world languages and cultures include a speaking section with recorded student responses.
  • The AP Exam fee is $97 per exam. The fee for exams administered outside of the United States and Canada is $127 per exam. The fee for Exams administered at Authorized Test Centers outside of the United States varies. The College Board provides a $35 fee reduction for qualifying low-income students. Most states use federal and/or state funds to contribute to the remaining exam fee for low-income students.
  • More than 3,600 colleges and universities annually receive AP Exam scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying scores.

Limits of AP Credit: There is no hard or fast rule about what AP Exam score qualifies a student to receive college credit. That determination is left up to each school; generally, an AP Score of 3 or higher qualifies a student for credit, but some schools require a score of 4. Many schools will also only offer credit worth less than a semester-long course. Others, Brown most notably, do not give “credit,” so much as a high AP Score can help a student jump past introductory coursework. The University of San Diego requires a 5 in AP US History for credit, but is happy to give credit for a 3 in AP Biology.

The College Board helps navigate each school's individual policy.

AP Courses Offered at SSHS

Social Science

Math

Science

  • AP Human Geography
  • AP World History
  • AP US History
  • AP Government
  • AP Economics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
    • AP Statistics
  • AP Computer Science
  • AP Comp Science Principles
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Biology
  • Physics 1
  • Physics 2
  • Physics C: Elec & Magnetism
  • Physics C: Mechanics
World Language Arts English
  • AP Spanish
  • AP French
  • AP Studio Art: Drawing
  • AP Studio Art: 2D
  • AP Studio Art: 3D
  • AP English Language
  • AP English Literature