NOTE: NCPA Counselors strongly recommend that students take both the SAT and the ACT exams. Often times students will perform better on one or the other and they may submit either test scores to US universities.
Class of 2017
We encourage you to take the current SAT test in November 2015 and January 2016 and the new SAT in June 20. Typically we do not recommend students to sit for the November exam in junior year, however this will allow them to receive their scores back in time to prepare for the January exam.
NCPA's CEEB School Code is: 694567
Use this code to register for all standardized tests.
PSAT/MNSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)
PSAT is a test held once a year in every October, assessing the critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills students need for college and beyond. Only G11 students can qualify for scholarships and recognition, but younger students are also eligible to take the test and benefit from early feedback on their skills. PSAT provides excellent practice of taking SAT, because PSAT and SAT have the same format and evaluate the same skills with the similar difficulty and question types. We strongly recommend G10 students to take PSAT.
SAT(Scholastic Assessment Test)
SAT is the standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United State assessing the critical reading, writing and mathematics (arithmetic, algebra, geometry, statistics & probability) skills. University admissions in other countries and territories, e.g. Canada, Australia, Europe, Hong Kong also require student with America High School Diplomas provide SAT or ACT plus writing test scores.
SAT scores are just one of many factors that colleges consider when making their admission decisions. High school grades are also very important. In fact, the combination of high school grades and SAT scores is the best predictor of your academic success in college.
SAT Subject Tests (SAT II: Subject Tests)
SAT subject tests are multiple choice standardized tests on individual subjects, showing students' readiness to study specific majors or programs in college. Some colleges require SAT Subject Tests for admission or course placement. Students need to plan carefully and take the test in their early convenience if the colleges they've chosen require for one or more SAT Subject Test scores.
There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics and science.
ACT (American College Testing)
ACT is a college admission and placement test, consists of 4 required test: English, Reading, Science, Mathematics (algebra, geometry and trigonometry), and 1 optional test: Optional Writing. The main four tests are scored individually and a Composite score is provided which is the whole number average of the four scores.
The majority of colleges do not indicate a preference for the SAT or ACT exams and accept both, SAT and ACT exams are treated equally by most admissions officers. But some colleges still require students to take SAT Subjects Tests regardless of whether students take SAT or ACT.
AP (Advanced Placement)
AP Program is a global academic program offering college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. Currently the program is offered in over 100 countries and territories around the world and more than 600 universities in more than 60 countries and territories outside of the United States recognize AP Exam scores for admission, credit and placement. American colleges and universities often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations.
NCPA currently offers the following 6 authorized AP courses: AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Human Geography, AP Statistics and AP Studio Art: Drawing.
TOEFL / IELTS
The TOEFL/ IELTS test is the English language proficiency test for non-native English speakers for academic and other purpose.
Recommended test schedule:
January: SAT/ SAT Subject Tests
Spring: TOEFL / IELTS
April: ACT Tests
May: AP Exam
June: SAT/ SAT Subject Tests/ ACT Tests
September: ACT Tests
October: SAT/ SAT Subject Tests
May: AP Exam