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ACT
The ACT is a standardized college entrance exam consisting of four sections (English, Reading, Math, and Science) and an optional Writing section.  Students who take the ACT will receive a score from 1-36 on each of the four main sections, as well as a Composite score, which is an average of the English, Reading, Math, and Science sections.
 
How to Register: All high school students in North Carolina take the ACT for free during the Spring of their Junior year.  Students who wish to test before this date, or re-test after this date must register at www.act.org.
 
Cost: All juniors have the opportunity to take the ACT for free in the spring semester.  
Otherwise, the ACT costs $39.50 without writing and $56.50 with writing.
(Fee waivers are available for eligible students; see Mrs. Henson for more details.)
 
How to Prepare: ACT Prep books are available in the Guidance Office.  Test prep sessions also take place during Bear Lunch. There are several online prep tools available including, but not limited to:
 
Check out the e-book below that provides some practical information on what to expect before, during, and after the ACT...
SAT
The SAT is a standardized college entrance exam, and was redesigned in 2016. It now includes a Math section, an Evidence-Based Reading & Writing section, and an optional Essay section. Students who take the SAT will receive 200-800 points for each of the required sections (Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing), and an overall score from 400-1600.
 
How to Register: Students must register for the SAT online through the College Board.
 
Cost: The SAT costs $43.00 without the optional essay and $54.50 with the essay.
(Fee waivers are available for eligible students; see Mrs. Henson for more details.)
 
How to Prepare: SAT Prep books are available in the Guidance Office.  There are also several online prep tools available including, but not limited to: 
PreACT
The PreACT replaced the ACT PLAN in 2016, and serves as a way to prepare students for the ACT.  Students will take the PreACT in the fall of their sophomore year, and will receive indicators for areas of improvement as well as a predictor score for the ACT.
 
How to Register: Sophomores will be registered by MAHS staff to take the PreACT.  No additional action is required.
 
Cost: The PreACT is offered at no cost to students.
 
How to Prepare: Classroom learning is the basis for test questions, so the best way students can prepare is by taking challenging courses and becoming familiar with the test and its format.
PSAT
The PSAT is a test offered to students in the fall of their sophomore and/or junior year.  It helps students prepare for the SAT, provides access to unique test practice and college planning resources, and serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT).  Students may take the PSAT in their sophomore and/or junior year, but it is not required.  Only scores from a student's junior year will be considered for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
 
How to Register: Students should sign up with Mrs. Henson and keep an eye out for deadlines that are usually publicized in early fall.
 
Cost: The PSAT costs $16 and must be paid to Mrs. Henson before the deadline.  Fee waivers are available to eligible juniors; see Mrs. Henson for more details.
 
How to Prepare: Classroom learning is the basis for test questions, so the best way students can prepare is by taking challenging courses and becoming familiar with the test and its format.  Students should review the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide that is made available to them when they sign up for the test, and they can also visit collegeboard.org/psatpractice for more test prep materials.