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Scores from seniors' SAT on September 23 are scheduled to be released on October 15.  AOHS will then put your SAT scores on your transcript. If you've already requested a transcript to be sent to a college, but you want them to also get your SAT scores once we get them, please ask Mrs. Mendez to send your transcript again. Many universities have made test scores optional on their applications for this school year, so it's your decision whether they use your scores to consider you for admission. If you listed that college on the SAT, they will already get your scores directly from College Board, and you don't need to request a second transcript.


Argenta-Oreana High School administers the College Board suite of exams under direction from the Illinois State Board of Education in the following sequence during a normal school year. Students are required to take the SAT before they graduate, per Illinois state law.

TestWhoWhen
PSAT 8/9
Grade 9April
PSAT 10
Grade 10April
PSAT/NMSQT
Grade 11October
SAT
Grade 11April
SAT optional retakeGrade 12October

Each link goes to the test's information page on the College Board website. All tests focus on the same skills and are scored on the same scale, so each test will give the student an idea of how they will perform on the SAT in spring of their junior year. Most colleges and universities want a student's SAT scores when they're considering them for admission.

Each test has the following sections: ReadingWriting & Language, and Math (no calculator & calculator). The SAT also has a required Essay section.


Scoring Information

A student's score on each test will look like this:

Evidence-Based Reading & Writing Score (EBRW) + Math Score = Total Score

The Essay section score on the SAT is a separate score and is not figured into the total score.

Here is the range of scores a student could get with each exam:

TestTotal Score RangesEBRW/Math Score RangesMore information
PSAT 8/9240-1440120-720Sample score report
PSAT 10320-1520160-760
Sample score report
PSAT/NMSQT320-1520160-760Sample score report
SAT400-1600200-800Page on SAT Scoring

Essay scores on the SAT: You'll receive three scores for the essay section on 1) reading, 2) analysis, and 3) writing. Each score will range from 2-8 points and are not added together for a total. Click to visit the page on SAT Essay scores.

Because College Board doesn't expect a freshman to perform at the same level as a junior, there are different benchmarks or "goals" that a student should strive for with each exam.

TestEBRW BenchmarkMath Benchmark
PSAT 8/9410450
PSAT 10430480
PSAT/NMSQT460510
SAT480530

Why are these benchmarks significant? "Students with an SAT Math section score that meets or exceeds the benchmark (530) have a 75 percent chance of earning at least a C in first-semester, credit-bearing college courses in algebra, statistics, pre-calculus, or calculus.

Students with an SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) section score that meets or exceeds the benchmark (480) have a 75 percent chance of earning at least a C in first-semester, credit-bearing college courses in history, literature, social sciences, or writing classes." (College Board page on benchmarks) In other words, these are the scores at which College Board would consider a student "college ready".

Community colleges will ask for your SAT scores to see if you can be automatically placed into college-level math and English (100-level courses or above). If you didn't meet their score, then you may be offered a placement test through that college to see if you can place higher. If you don't place into college level, you will be placed into "remedial" courses that have course codes below 100. Remedial courses are sometimes not accepted as college credit, but you still have to take them (and pay tuition) because they are prerequisites for higher courses. An adequate SAT score can automatically waive you from any remedial courses. Most community colleges use 480 for EBRW and 530 for Math, but that can depend on the math class the student needs for their major.

The Illinois State Board of Education has their own college & career readiness benchmarks, 540 for both EBRW and Math, and that score benchmark reflects the depth of mastery of the Illinois Learning Standards. ISBE's benchmark is used to evaluate the school as a whole, not individual students. ISBE's benchmarks will not affect an individual student in achieving their goals. Click for ISBE's State Performance Levels FAQs for Families.


Preparing for these tests

College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to offer FREE individualized SAT practice. The best way for a student to access this is to go through their College Board account, and send their scores to Khan Academy. This way, their practice activities and questions will be catered to their most recent PSAT or SAT results. Students can practice the skills that they specifically need to strengthen rather than just taking practice test after practice test. More information will be given to students regarding SAT practice at school.

The second page of this document explains more about SAT Practice through College Board and Khan Academy.

Click for downloadable study guides for each section of the SAT.

They also offer full-length SAT practice tests.

Here are some sample SAT questions.

There is also an app with SAT practice questions called Daily Practice for the New SAT.

Information on the PSAT/NMSQT

Taking tests on your own

The PSAT's and SAT offered at school on school days are free for AO students. 

If a student would like to pay to take the SAT another time on their own, they can sign up for one at an alternative location on a Saturday morning. Click to see other available test dates. When you click "Register" under a test date, it will prompt you to sign into your College Board account. If you qualify for free/reduced lunch at school, Mrs. Mendez can get you a fee waiver. Just ask!

The ACT is still around, although 2015 was the last year that it was the state test. If your student would like to pay to take the ACT on their own, on a Saturday, to the ACTstudent.org to register. If you qualify for free/reduced lunch at school, Mrs. Mendez can get you a fee waiver. Just ask!

^^For both of these Saturday test options, you have to sign up AT LEAST one month in advance. The registration deadlines are listed on the websites.


Sending scores to colleges

Each time you take the SAT, you can list up to four colleges to receive that score for free. If you qualify for free/reduced lunch, you can send that score to more colleges through your College Board account. 

AOHS will also list your SAT scores on your transcript. After you complete a college application, you should request your transcript to be sent. Most colleges/universities accept scores from high school transcripts, so you don't need to do anything extra. 

FALL 2020: If you've already requested a transcript to be sent to a college, but you want them to also get your SAT scores once we get them from the September test, please ask Mrs. Mendez to send your transcript again. Many universities have made test scores optional on their applications for this school year, so it's your decision whether they use your scores to consider you for admission.