Standardized Testing

All 9th grade students will take the PSAT 8/9 in October. The PSAT 8/9 assesses skills in three testing areas--Reading, Writing and Language, and Math--and is designed specifically to measure reasoning and critical thinking skills.

All 11th grade students will take the PSAT/NMSQT in October as well.

Sample PSAT/NMSQT questions

The PSAT 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT measure students’ academic performance to ensure that they are meeting expected learning goals. Additionally, these tests are good practice for college-bound students planning to take the SAT.

College bound juniors are encouraged to take the SAT  &/or ACT in the spring of their junior year. The SAT is an aptitude test, whereas the ACT is an achievement test. Read about difference between the SAT and ACT here.

To see differences in testing format, visit the “SAT vs ACT” page below. As a general rule, students should plan to take the test at least twice. The benefit of this is colleges will typically either accept the highest score or will “superscore” meaning they will take the highest section scores from different test dates and combine them. LCCS is not a testing site so students will need to register using the links below and choose a testing location. Fall of senior year is when many students choose to take the SAT or ACT again, to try to boost their scores.

Summary of SAT vs. ACT

SAT Dates and Deadlines

SAT full length practice tests

Khan Academy


ACT Dates and Registration

ACT practice

ACT practice test - uniontestprep

For paid test prep: Princeton Review

SAT Subject Tests

This the collective name for 20 multiple choice standardized tests given on various topics. Students usually select the test(s) according to the entrance requirements of the major field of study set by the school(s) to which they are applying. There is an extra fee for subject tests.

Because of COVID-19, I wasn't able to take the SAT last year. Now what?

The National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) has created a useful tool for students who are planning to apply to college in the 2021-2022 school year. Their College Admissions Status Update page is a central resource of information about changes in college admission as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The page includes information provided to NACAC by colleges and universities worldwide. You’ll find information regarding each institution’s plans and policies for admissions events; consideration of high school transcripts and standardized test scores; decision and deposit dates; fall tuition and registration plans; and more. Please note the page update date and check with the individual colleges to which you plan to apply for the most recent information.

TOEFL (The Test of English as a Foreign Language)

TOEFL is a test colleges require for those who come from countries whose official language is not English in order to determine whether or not they can speak, write, understand, and study in standard American English. A high enough score on the SAT or ACT may exempt a student from having to take TOEFL.