Planning to go to College? Now is the time to register for the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test), the ACT (American College Test) or the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test).

Admissions requirements vary from school to school, so check with your prospective school to find out which of the tests you should take. Here are some of the details of each test:

PSAT (Pre Scholastic Aptitude Test)

The test is split up into three different sections. You’ll have 60 minutes to answer 47 reading questions, 35 minutes to answer 44 writing questions/tasks and 70 minutes on 48 math questions. Like the new SAT, you will not penalized for wrong answers — or for guessing, essentially. Not used to determine college admissions; intended to help students prepare for the SAT. Same format as the SAT, but shorter – a test of verbal and mathematical reasoning. Register at your high school to take the test offered on October 11, 2017.

ACT (American College Test)

Three-hour exam; 215 questions; measures achievement in English, math, reading and science. The ACT Plus includes an optional 40-minute writing test. Scores on each section are averaged to create a composite score. Perfect score is 36. Students in the Midwest and South generally take the ACT. Most schools in Utah accept the ACT test scores. Register at act.org to take the test. Next test offered October 28, 2017, register by September 22, 2017.

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

The test is split up into three different sections. You’ll have 65 minutes to answer 52 reading questions, 35 minutes to answer 44 writing questions/tasks, 80 minutes on 58 math questions and 50 minutes for the essay. The SAT is scored between 400-1600. 1600 is a perfect score. Register at collegeboard.org. Next test offered November 4, 2017, register by October 5, 2017.

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