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Connecticut School Day SAT

The State of Connecticut requires all juniors to take the SAT Evidence Based Reading/Writing, and Mathematics test during the Spring. This test is administered during the school day. The score from this SAT may be used for college admissions purposes as well as serve as the measure of graduation proficiencies in reading, writing and mathematics.

Students and parents will be informed of the specific test date and daily schedule in advance. No separate registration is required for this assessment.

The Connecticut School Day SAT: Grade 11 will be administered on March 21, 2018.
Makeup testing will be administered on April 24/25, 2018.

PSAT

The PSAT provides students with practice for the SAT and provides benchmark data of student learning.

The test is administered to all freshmen and sophomores during the school day each October. Testing fees for the PSAT are paid for each student.

Juniors are encouraged to take the SAT duirng school in October, but must register register in the Main Office each September. Students and parents will be informed of fees and registration deadlines.

For additional information, please read the GHS Planning Guide on the Course Selection and Academic Planning page of the Guidance website.

Score Reporting and Next Steps

Freshmen

The College Board will release your PSAT 8/9 score reports on or about December 13th. The following week, your Sem Skills teacher will distribute your PSAT 8/9 test booklet and help you create a College Board account in order to view your score and link to Khan Academy for personalized test preparation.

After you review your scores with your Sem Skills teacher, and you need help or have questions about your scores, please speak with your School Counselor or the Guidance Assistant in your House.

Sophomores

A link to the October PSAT scores will be emailed to each student from the College Board on or about December 13th. The following week, Sem Skills teachers will distribute each students' PSAT test booklet and help students create a College Board account in order to link your score to Khan Academy for personalized test preparation. After students review scores with their Sem Skills teachers, any studenst who need help or have questions about their scores should make an appointment to see their School Counselor or the Guidance Assistant in their House.

Juniors

A link to October PSAT scores will be emailed to each student from the College Board on or about December 13th. Students should either stop by their counselor's office or make an appointment to meet with them to obtain their PSAT test booklet and discuss plans for college admissions testing. Helpful links to College Board resources and next steps are outlined below.

  1. Understanding your PSAT NMSQT/10 Scores
  2. Link to Khan Academy for personalized practice before the required Connecticut School Day SAT on March 21st.
  3. Register for a National (Saturday) SAT and/or ACT. When creating an account with the College Board or ACT, it is vital that you store your username and password so you don't create multiple accounts. The GHS high school code is 070-240.
  4. Attend one of the College Kick Off Meetings (for juniors & their parents) January 3rd or January 9th 7pm, GHS Performing Arts Center. You will receive your Planning Folder at this meeting.
  5. Make an appointment for your individual planning meeting (for you and your parents) with your counselor anytime after January 9th. Your House's Guidance Assistant will set up this meeting: Bella - Angela Carino 625.8089, Clark - Judy Massi 625.8079, Cantor - Giovanna Vernuccio 863.8846, Folsom - Danielle

College Admissions Testing: SAT & ACT

The SAT and ACT are national assessments used during the college admissions process. Colleges and universities do not prefer one test over the other. Students must register individually for SAT or ACT, directly on the College Board or ACT websites. The school counselors will help students make decisions related to college admissions testing. For additional information, please read the GHS Planning Guide on the Course Selection and Academic Planning page on the Guidance website.


A free practice ACT is offered to juniors on a Saturday at GHS in the fall. Students and parents will be informed of the date and registration process for this practice assessment.

STAR

STAR Assessments are short computer-adaptive tests in Reading and Math that provide teachers with data to improve student learning.

AP Testing

Advanced Placement Exams are administered at GHS each May. Students who take an AP course at GHS are expected to take the culminating AP exam(s) for that course. Students must register for exams through GHS in the month of January. Students and parents will be informed of fees and registration deadlines.

Calendar of 2018 AP Test dates

Visit the District’s Comprehensive Assessment System web page for more information on standardized, formative and benchmarking assessments