Alternative college prep tests offered

PJ Tubaugh, Geyser Staff

All juniors at Park High are required to take the ACTs. What many don’t know, however, is that there are also other supplemental tests that you can take. Although there aren’t many options, the few that are offered are great opportunities for students who are college bound.

One of the main options is the SAT. This is a standardized test that has three core areas. The areas are critical reading, math, and writing. This test is meant to show schools how prepared you are for college. At some colleges your SAT score can count for as much as 50% of the admission decision. Although it isn’t required at PHS, some colleges require it. It is recommended that you take this test the winter of your junior year but Park has many available test times. The upcoming test times include May 2nd and June 6th. To register go to www.collegeboard.org

Another option that is not offered here at Park this year is the ASVAB or the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. This test determines your qualification for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces. The counselors hope to be able to resume this test next year. It tests your basic knowledge in many different areas such as science and math, as well as electronics and auto/ shop. If you are interested in taking it this year try to get in touch with one of the recruiting offices in Bozeman. 

One test that has already happened here this year is the PSAT/NMSQT. This is also not a required test, but is highly recommended. It is a really great opportunity to practice for a college entrance exam. Another great reason to take it is because it is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Park High has many options of tests to help you get to where you want to go. Many people just need to take the opportunity. To get more information talk to the counselors and to Academic Dean Julie Lentz. 

As far as changes in tests due to the recent closure of schools, the ACT has been moved to this upcoming fall for Park High juniors. Other test dates have not been determined yet.