College-Prep Tests
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COLLEGE BOARD EXAMS

Test Type                                              Hours    Cost                 Purpose

PSAT/NMSQT: Preliminary SAT/            2.5        $15                  practice for SAT;
National Merit Scholarship Quali-                                                 qualification for merit  
fying Test; 3 subject areas; Math;                                                scholarships
Verbal; Essay; 125 questions

SAT: Scholastic Aptitude Test;               4          $45                   college admission         
“SAT Reasoning;” 3 sections:
Math; Verbal; Essay; 2400 points

SAT II: SAT Subject Tests; 5                  1          $20                   college admission or     
subject areas: English; History;                                                   placement
Science; Math; Languages; 20
tests total; 200-800 total points
possible on each test

AP: Advanced Placement Tests;             3          $85                   college credit and/or
22 subject areas; 37 tests total;                                                  advanced placement
60 min.-   Multiple Choice;                                                          for High School students
2 hours -  Essay Questions

CLEP: College Level Exam-                    1.5        $70                   college credit for students
ination Program; 34 exams                                                         of all ages
 
OTHER EXAMS

ACT: American College Test;                  2-3.5     $29-43              college admission
reasoning; problem-solving; some
scientific knowledge; optional
essay; 215 questions; 36 points