card header iconCollege Admissions Testing Information and Recommended Sequence

Admission testing is generally required for those students that are applying to the university level directly out of high school. The minimum requirement is SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT.  There are many schools going "test optional" now.  We still encourage all of our students to take the SAT or ACT to be A-G eligible and keep educational options open to them.  

card header iconACT:

Recommended Testing Grades: Spring 11th grade - Fall 12th grade  

The ACT contains college readiness standards and personalized career information. Taking challenging courses in high school is the best way students can prepare for the ACT. ACT scores are accepted by all universities in the United States. Free on-line tests and tips are available at

The ACT is a flexible option because not all universities require a writing test for admission.  To find out which colleges require students to take the writing portion of the ACT visit:

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card header iconSAT Reasoning Test (College Board):

Recommended Testing Grades: 11-12 - Testing Time: 3 hours and 45 minutes

The SAT is a benchmark college entrance assessment designed to test what students are learning in high school and problems solving skills in critical reading, mathematics, and writing.  The most effective way for students to prepare for the test is to take challenging and rigorous courses.The test is one of the best predictors of college success.

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card header iconSAT Subject Tests:

SAT Subject Tests are hour-long, content based tests that allow students to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where they excel.  SAT Subject Tests allow students to differentiate themselves in the college admission process and send a strong messages regarding their readiness to study specific majors or programs.  The SAT Subject Tests are not required yet are highly recommeded.

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card header iconPSAT:

Recommended Test Grades: 11 and 10 - Testing Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes
Ghidotti Juniors take the PSAT in the fall and Ghidotti Sophomores take the PSAT in the winter. 

The PSAT is a comprehensive program that helps put students on the path to college. The PSAT measures the critical reading, mathematics and writing skills students need to succeed in college and beyond.  

When the results are released, students also receive free access to Khan Academy's test prep, an online personalized SAT study plan.           

Taken as a junior, the PSAT is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC). Learn more at:

Understanding PSAT results.

card header iconRecommended Sequence

9th Grade: No testing recommended
10th Grade:
  • PSAT - -March 3, 2017.  Fee will be $15. Students on free or reduced lunch are paid via a waiver.
11th Grade:
  • Fall: PSAT - November 2, 2016.  Fee will be $15.  Juniors on free or reduced lunch program will be granted a fee waiver.
  • NJUHSD SAT test prep class March 25,  2017
  • Spring: ACT, SAT Reasoning Test and/or SAT Subject Tests. This is the recommended time for taking the SAT Subject Test such as Math II. Colleges requiring subject tests vary; check your college list for requirements. 
12th Grade: Students planning to apply directly to a 4 year college need to test by December.