Testing for College Admissions

Preparing for College Testing (Standardized Testing)

At Culver Academies, there are several opportunities for students to take the tests they need to gain admission to college. Our College Advising staff assists students with understanding and scheduling the tests they need to be successful in the college admissions process.

Every Culver student is provided access to an adaptive on-line test preparation program.  The PSAT is given to grades 9 - 11 in October.  Advisors hold class level meetings to preview, and review the PSAT and its role in preparing for the SAT and in future course selection.  In addition to an on-line adaptive program, Culver offers a SAT and ACT preparation class in Term 3 that is focused on the March SAT and April ACT.

Our advice on the SAT and ACT starts with planning to take two (2) SAT with Writing tests, and two (2) ACT with Writing tests in the junior year.  Students should always review their plan(s) with a college advisor.

Culver is a Test Center for the SAT, Subject Tests, and the ACT.

SAT and ACT Test Preparation @ Culver

What to Expect

Standardized testing includes PSAT, SAT, ACT, and TOEFL. Students enrolled at Culver will take the PSAT beginning in 9th grade and will continue to take the test each October through 11th grade. The PSAT provides students and advisors relevant information regarding academic progress and helps to determine AP potential.

Test Preparation

Naviance Test Preparation

All Culver students have access to Naviance Test Prep, an interactive online learning platform that allows students to use their phones, tablets and laptops to prepare for the ACT, PSAT, and SAT programs. Students are encouraged to incorporate 10-15 minutes of test prep into their homework load each night.

For login credentials, students may email Mrs. Dyess.

Test Preparation Class

Culver offers a Term 3 SAT and ACT preparation class in partnership with Goldstein Test Prep. ( For the flyer with more about the 2017-18 Culver SAT/ACT course, discount, registration and highlights, click here.) This course works within Culver's unique academic schedule and focuses on boosting preparation for the March SAT, and the April ACT.

This course is recommended for all Juniors and Second Classmen.  While there is a fee associated with this class, financial support is available (students should speak with their college advisor).

Registration information for the 2017-18 school year is available here.

PSAT

Students at Culver begin taking the PSAT in 9th grade and continue to take the test each October through 11th grade. The test gives students and academic advisors relevant information regarding progress in areas of the humanities and mathematics. The PSAT, when taken during the Junior year, places students for consideration for the National Merit scholarship Program, the National Achievement Program, and the National Hispanic Scholars Program.

Students at Culver take the PSAT in the 9th and 10th grades, and the PSAT/MNSQT in the 11th grade.

SAT & Subject Tests

The SAT Reasoning Test is the oldest college examination in the United States. Registration meetings are held in October with the entire Junior class so they understand the exam registration process.  we recommend students plan to take the SAT with Writing twice in their junior year.

TheSAT Subject Tests were designed to evaluate academic knowledge and achievement in a particular subject or skill. Students may choose tests in areas such as literature, history, mathematics, science, and foreign language. Culver recommends that students take this test in May or June of their Junior year.

Register for the SAT and/or SAT Subject Tests, here.

 

Testing Dates

 

Test Test Date Reg. Date Late Reg. Date
SAT August 26, 2017 August 15, 2017 September 14, 2017
ACT September 9, 2017 August 4, 2017 August 5-18, 2017
SAT October 7, 2017 September 8, 2017 September 27, 2017
ACT October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017 September 23-October 6, 2017
SAT November 4, 2017 October 5, 2017 October 25, 2017
SAT December 2, 2017 November 2, 2017 November 21, 2017
ACT December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 4-17, 2017
ACT February 10, 2018 January 12, 2018 January 13-19, 2018
SAT March 10, 2018 February 9, 2018 February 28, 2018
ACT April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018 March 10-23, 2018
SAT May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018 April 25, 2018
SAT June 2, 2018 May 3, 2018 May 23, 2018
ACT June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 5-18, 2018 

Test Day Requirements 

Please make sure you meet all admission requirements for the SAT, ACT and TOEFL exams.

Students are not allowed to bring their phone or any device with wifi or bluetooth capabilities to the testing location. All phones must be kept in the dorm or unit.

 

ACT

The ACT, while not as old as the SAT, may be more relevant to students for its alignment with school curriculum. Culver encourages students to take the ACT with Writing twice during their Junior year and at least once during the fall of the Senior year.

Register for ACT Testing, here.

 

Testing Dates

 

Test Test Date Reg. Date Late Reg. Date
SAT August 26, 2017 August 15, 2017 September 14, 2017
ACT September 9, 2017 August 4, 2017 August 5-18, 2017
SAT October 7, 2017 September 8, 2017 September 27, 2017
ACT October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017 September 23-October 6, 2017
SAT November 4, 2017 October 5, 2017 October 25, 2017
SAT December 2, 2017 November 2, 2017 November 21, 2017
ACT December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 4-17, 2017
ACT February 10, 2018 January 12, 2018 January 13-19, 2018
SAT March 10, 2018 February 9, 2018 February 28, 2018
ACT April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018 March 10-23, 2018
SAT May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018 April 25, 2018
SAT June 2, 2018 May 3, 2018 May 23, 2018
ACT June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 5-18, 2018 

Test Day Requirements 

Please make sure you meet all admission requirements for the SAT, ACT and TOEFL exams.

Students are not allowed to bring their phone or any device with wifi or bluetooth capabilities to the testing location. All phones must be kept in the dorm or unit. 

 

AP

Advanced Placement (AP) exams are taken in May of each year as the final requirement when taking an AP class at Culver.

Students taking AP Courses and Tests with corresponding SAT Subject Tests are recommended to also take the Subject Test.

Registration for AP tests is facilitated by Academic Affairs.  Register for SAT Subjet Tests, here.

TOEFL

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is given to all foreign students if English is not their native language. Most U.S. colleges require this test for admittance by foreign students.

Culver recommends students take the TOEFL in the final Term of grade 11, if not sooner.  Students should make sure College Advising has a copy of their scores on hand.  Students taking the TOEFL should review their TOEFL scores, and sub-scores, with their College Advisor.

Register for TOEFL Testing, here.