2017/2018 ACT/SAT Test Dates
Standardized Testing Strategies
We try to help students get into the programs of their choice by offering testing strategies.
PSAT/NMSQT (Nat'l Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) – All Clark Sophomores and juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT FREE of charge here at Clark in the fall. For sophomores, it is simply practice testing; for juniors, the test not only gives them practice for the SAT but determines whether they qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program. We recommend practice PSAT tests for students who want to improve their chances of winning this scholarship (see Practice Testing, below).
Early SAT & ACT - Juniors planning to attend a 4-year college are encouraged to take an early ACT and SAT. This helps us evaluate the best test strategy for each student.
FREE ACT at Clark - Juniors also have the opportunity to take the state-wide ACT (free of charge) here at Clark in April.
Second SAT - Many students will take a second SAT at the end of their junior year, and we remind all students about the opportunity to do that.
SAT Subject Tests - Some colleges require SAT subject tests. We advise students who might attend one of these colleges to take the subject tests immediately after they have studied the related subject matter in school.
We encourage juniors to complete their college testing by the end of their junior year.
Note: Fee waivers are available for those with a need.
Should you test again? (for the ACT or SAT)
Consider retesting if one or more of the following applies to you:
- Did you have any problems during the tests, like misunderstanding the directions or feeling ill?
- Do you think your scores do not accurately represent your abilities?
- Are your ACT scores what you expected based on your high school grades?
- Have you taken more coursework or an intensive review in the areas covered?
- Do you want to apply to a college that requires or recommends the Writing Test?
If you decide to retake a test, take advantage of the practice testing options, below:
We recommend that students do practice testing in order to improve their chances of doing well on standardized tests. Several of the practice testing options below are free of charge.
- FREE, in-person practice tests
Go to the Princeton Review Test webpage, click the "Test Prep" tab at the top and then choose from the list which test you want to practice--PSAT, SAT, or ACT; then click "Free Practice Tests, Events & Seminars" at the top of the page, put your zip code in the box to the right, scroll to the bottom of the page to a green button that says "Find Sessions Near Me," and you'll come to a page where you can register to take free, in-person practice tests at locations in Cincinnati.
- Online Practice tests
- Private tutoring
Renowned Cincinnati tutor Martha Gellar offers some free ACT workshops as well as other testing courses that you pay for. To learn more about her practice test offerings or to register, go to Martha's Education for Testing webpage. If you'd like to learn about other private tutoring opportunities, talk to post-secondary advisors Amy, Jenny, or Dawn.