College Entrance Exam Information

PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) – measures skills that are important for success in college-verbal reasoning, critical reading, math problem solving, and writing. This is the qualifying test for entry to National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) competitions for college scholarships. Usually taken in the junior year, students will enter NMSC competitions for recognition and awards. Further information can be found at or The PSAT is an optional test for juniors and sophomores.

The PSAT will be given at FHS usually in October. A fee is charged and students must pre-register in the Counseling Office. Test results are available in January.

College Admission Tests

ACT ( American College Test) – measures student abilities in English, Mathematics, Reading , Science and Writing. The ACT is widely accepted in the U.S. It takes about 3-4 hours to complete and is administered seven times a year; in September, October, December, February, April, June and July.  Most School Counselors agree that the best time to take the ACT is in April or June of the junior year of high school. Some seniors re-take the ACT in October to try to increase their scores. The composite, which is the average of the four times sections, is the score used to determine admission to colleges. Additionally, colleges look at class rank and grade point average.

You may apply on-line at . Faribault High School is a testing site in October, December, and February. Results of the assessment are sent to the high school as well as to your home.

The code for Faribault High School is 240-805.

See Counseling Office for ACT Assessment Test Dates

Several colleges now require your test results be sent directly from ACT/SAT. Please check with the college that you are applying to for further instructions.  Note: There are also LATE registration postmark deadlines. A late fee applies.

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) – measures students’ reasoning ability in the areas of mathematics and reading. Some colleges require the SAT, but most will accept either the SAT or ACT. The subject tests (SATII) may be required as a follow up for selective college admission. You may apply on-line at or pick up a paper application in the Counseling Office.

The code for Faribault High School is 240-805.  See Counseling Office for SAT Assessment Test Dates.  Note: There are also LATE registration postmark deadlines. A late fee applies.

NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association)  FOR ATHLETES ONLY

The NCAA purpose is to help student athletes succeed on the field and in the classroom. Student athletes should register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse after the completion of the junior year in high school. Students who are planning on participating in Division I or Division II athletics need to submit a transcript of their grades and their ACT/SAT scores. These scores should be sent directly to the clearinghouse by entering code “9999” as a reporting selection when they register for the exam. There is a registration fee. NCAA forms and information are available at the NCAA Web site at  You may check our list of NCAA-approved core course at any time by linking to the clearinghouse page of the NCAA web site. Competing in College.
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