Standardized Assessment Tests
Tests are probably the last thing you want to spend more time thinking about. But, you are going to need to take some standardized tests, so you might as well be ready for them.
These tests are used for college admission, course placement, and for scholarships, so they are important. Your scores can help you decide which college might be a better fit in terms of academic expectations and opportunities.
Take practice tests beginning in 8th grade, and take the ACT and/or SAT more than once, if possible.
Both the ACT and SAT are accepted at Mississippi colleges, but the ACT is more widely requested. Because of this fact, you may hear people refer to Mississippi as an ACT state. Nevertheless, if you are thinking about going out of state to college, the SAT may be required.
Click the links below to learn more about test preparation resources that are available and to see test dates, locations, and fees:
Test Preparation Resources
- Explore (8th or 9th grade)
- PLAN (10th grade)
- PSAT/NMSQT (10th or 11th grade)
- LEARN-A-TEST (MISSISSIPPI LIBRARY COMMISSION)
Tests Required for College Admission
- Students who register for the February 2016 ACT test or any subsequent test date using a low-income fee waiver will automatically receive free access to ACT Online Prep for a year. To qualify for a fee waiver, students must be enrolled in 11th or 12th grade; be either a United States citizen or testing in the U.S., U.S. territories or Puerto Rico; and meet one or more selected indicators of economic need.
- SAT and SAT II
- The Official SAT Practice, an interactive online platform on Khan Academy’s website, is the result of a partnership between online education company Khan Academy and the College Board, which manages the SAT. The tool includes diagnostic quizzes to determine a student’s skill level, practice questions that include step-by-step hints if you feel stuck, and how-to videos. There are also study tips and full-length practice exams.