PSAT/SAT/ACT

January SAT and ACT Practice Tests (brought to you by the LWHS PTSA)

Back by popular demand! LWHS PTSA is pleased to offer additional sessions for the SAT and ACT practice tests with Princeton Review. The practice tests will continue to be conducted online due to COVID restrictions. Students are given an access code that begins on the dates below – but the access code is good for 30 days.

The practice tests are created from original SAT/ACT tests from past years. They are a great way for your student to get comfortable with the format and style of the SAT or ACT. Students who take the test will also be invited to a Strategy Session that provides tips and tricks for better performance in the actual test. 

The online practice tests will occur: 

SAT: Saturday, Jan 15 with Strategy Session on Jan 18 at 6:30 pm

ACT: Saturday, Jan 22 with Strategy Sessionon Jan 25 at 6:30 pm

Note: If your student has taken an earlier practice test, they can take it again. However, please note that the set of questions will be the same.

Don’t let your student miss this opportunity! Sign up for free! Registration must be completed by January 10! 

Click here for registration instructions.

Questions? Email satactpractice@lwhsptsa.org 

Lake Washington High School Assessment Update & Registration

For students who took the PSAT/NMSQT on October 13th, 2021, scores should be available by December 7th.  Click here for more information on the College Board website.

What is the PSAT/NMSQT?
The PSAT/NMSQT is the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The purpose of the PSAT is to familiarize students with the kinds of questions, style of directions, and physical environment of an SAT exam, and provides students with a projected SAT score range, personalized feedback, and a study plan. Eleventh grade students who take the PSAT/NMSQT are also automatically screened for the National Merit®Scholarship Program; an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. 

What is the SAT?
The SAT is a test is used by many colleges and universities in the admissions process. The district is only allowed to offer the SAT without essay on October 13. Achieving a certain score on the SAT is one of the methods to meet the Graduation Pathway requirement in Washington State.

What is the SAT/ACT Test?

The SAT and ACT are both entrance exams used by most college and universities to make admission decisions.  The purpose is to measure a high school student's readiness for college.  Typically, the higher the score, the more options for attending and paying for college will be available to you.

Common Questions:

Should I take the SAT or the ACT?

SAT/ACT Useful Links

SAT & ACT Testing Is Now Optional at Many Colleges

Update: March 30, 2021

Most Washington colleges are not requiring high school seniors to take standardized tests like the SAT or ACT for fall 2021 admission. While COVID-19 has led to this increased flexibility, many colleges are making their test-optional policies permanent.

Some colleges require an alternative in place of test scores, such as a letter of recommendation, participation in dual credit courses, or success in certain high school classes. Requirements vary by campus but are generally similar by type:

  • None of Washington’s public four-year colleges will require SAT or ACT scores for fall 2021 freshman admission, and most will remain test-optional in future years.
  • Washington’s private, not-for-profit four-year colleges offer test-optional pathways, although a few require test scores for students who were home-schooled or received non-standard grades.
  • Public two-year community and technical colleges are open access, so anyone with a high school diploma or GED can apply and attend. Test scores are not considered.

So, should students still take the SAT or ACT? There are private scholarships that take test scores into account. And while some test-optional colleges won’t look at test scores, others will consider them if submitted. In that case, not testing won’t hurt, but good scores could help. Always check with each college directly for the latest admissions information.