Standardized Testing

High School Codes for ACT and SAT

Covington High School 190575
Fontainebleau High School 191659
Lakeshore High School 191657
Mandeville High School 191660
Northshore High School 192747
Pearl River High School 192327
Salmen High School 192748
Slidell High School 162750

**For special testing arrangements (i.e. extended time), review this chart of information from ACT regarding what is available and to whom. Ask your child's Guidance Counselor who coordinates the special testing at the high school.

What do I take? When should I take it?

Most colleges or universities to which you apply will require that you submit scores from one of two standardized tests, the ACT or the SAT. Most often the tests are taken during your junior year and may be retaken through February of your senior year. They are given at national test centers (high schools/colleges in your area) on Saturday test dates. To assure that you can take the test on your preferred date(s), you must register by the registration deadline. When completing the registration form either online (ACT or College Board) or on paper, be sure to enter your high school's code number**. This way your high school will receive your test results. Make certain the you enter your correct social security number, as well, thus fulfilling one requirement for TOPS. Also on the registration form you have the option to send your test results directly to several colleges. Remember to make the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance one of your selections, they are the administrators of TOPS.

LOSFA’s ACT Code is 1595 LOSFA’s SAT Code is 9019

Once your registration has been processed, you will receive an admission ticket in the mail, which you must take with you on the day of the test. You must also bring proper photo identification (driver's license or school id). If, after the late registration deadline, you decide that you want to take the ACT, SAT, and/or Subject Tests, you may be a "walk in" for the test. You must bring with you a completed registration form, the regular fee for the tests PLUS a stand by fee, and acceptable identification.

Many colleges require that your ACT and SAT scores be sent directly from the testing agency, ACT or College Board (SAT). If you do not want your scores sent to a particular college or scholarship program prior to knowing you results, an "additional score report" form must be sent. Send additional scores by going to the ACT or College Board web site.

We recommend that you take both the ACT and the SAT at least once to see which of the two assessments is most suited to your testing style. We also recommend that you retake the test on which you scored the highest. In most cases, the higher score will be accepted, and sometimes colleges will split your subtest scores, taking the highest of each individual score.

PSAT

It is recommended that ALL college bound students take this test in their sophomore year as a practice and in their junior year for consideration in the National Merit Scholarship Program.The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) is a shortened version of the SAT and is taken in October. Taking the PSAT is a way to see what the SAT is like and also, it is the WAY TO QUALIFY FOR RECOGNITION IN THE National Merit Scholarship Program, the National Achievement Scholarship Program and the National Hispanic Scholar Program.

 

ACT with optional Writing Test

The ACT is a three hour examination consisting of four sections: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. Each section is scored on a scale of 1 to 36. Your composite score is the average of the four section scores. The test is administered on National Test dates.

ACT has a 30-minute Writing Test as an optional component to the ACT Assessment. Not every college and/or university will require this component to the ACT, so students should decide whether to take the Writing Test based on the requirements of the institutions they are considering.

SAT

The SAT will have three sections, a writing section, a critical reading section, and a math section. The writing section will include multiple-choice questions (grammar and usage) and a student-written essay. The critical reading section will include short reading passages added to existing long reading passages. The math section includes topics from third-year college preparatory math.

Subject Tests

Subject Tests, also administered by the College Board (on the same test dates as the SAT), are one-hour subject area tests and if they are part of a particular college's admission process, normally three are required. Colleges that do not require the Subject Tests will often use the scores as a placement tool. If you are a junior or senior and are required to take Subject Tests, check with the college or university that requires the tests to see which specific tests are recommended/required. Some colleges require specific tests for certain majors (natural science for a prospective engineering major, foreign language for a prospective language major).

Advanced Placement Exams

AP exams are given at your high school in early May. These subject area tests are designed to test your knowledge of what you learned in the corresponding Advanced Placement Class at your high school. The results are used by many colleges and universities to determine the student's placement in freshman year course work. Many colleges will award students transcript credit for their AP scores, others will simply offer students placement into higher level course work. Traditionally, scores of 4 and 5 may earn students college credit and/or placement. For specific award information, check with the college.