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PSAT, SAT, and ACT

American Leadership Academy isn't just focused on creating college-ready students, but career-focused individuals. Our college and career prep services support our students in a variety of ways. If you have questions or concerns, visit student services at your school. 

Admission requirements

Preparing for the ACT/SAT

It is never too early to start utilizing the free online guides and tips for the ACT and SAT. These college entrance exams are very important in qualifying you for merit based scholarships and helping you secure a spot in your chosen college or university.

We recommend:

  1. Taking the ACT/SAT Prep Course offered at ALA your sophomore year
  2. Obtain FREE test-prep materials from your counselor
  3. Log on to the websites below, create an account, and have access to numerous ACT and SAT test helps. Including, mock tests, question of the day, and test day tips.

ACT from ACT Student

SAT from College Board

Tests from Student ServicesGeneral Concept review/mastery, ACT, SAT, and PSAT Study Guides/Practice are available at Khan Academy. Just create a free login.

www.examfocus.com and www.testpreppractice.net are also excellent test helps for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT. You can also pick up ACT, SAT, and PSAT Study Guides/Practice Tests from Student Services.

PSAT/NMSQT®

The PSAT is a test designed very similarly to the SAT. It gives you the best idea of what the questions are like and the timing of each section. It has also proven to increase your SAT test score. Not only is taking the PSAT beneficial for preparing for the SAT, it can also qualify you for national scholarships. ExamFocus.com will serve as a great test prep, especially if you are interested in qualifying for the scholarships.

Scholarships & Recognition

By taking the PSAT/NMSQT, you may qualify to enter the competitions for prestigious scholarships and participate in recognition programs.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC)

Students in the eleventh grade of high school enter NMSC competitions by taking the PSAT/NMSQT, which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and/or participation requirements. NMSC uses the Selection Index score (the sum of the critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills scores) on the PSAT/NMSQT as an initial screen of program entrants and to designate groups of students to be honored in the competitions it conducts.

For more information about NMSC, visit www.nationalmerit.org.

National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP)

Our National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) was initiated in 1983 to identify outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students and to share information about you with interested colleges and universities. In order to be eligible, you must be at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino as defined by the NHRP, meet the minimum PSAT/NMSQT cutoff score for your state, and achieve a minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement. (Note: This program is not conducted by NMSC.)

Learn more about qualifying for the NHRP and how it can help you get into college.

National Scholarship Service (NSSFNS)

The NSSFNS offers a free college advisory and referral service for students who plan to attend two-year or four-year colleges. Scores are sent for students in eleventh grade who indicate that they are African American. (Note: This program is not conducted by NMSC.)

For more information, write to:

National Scholarship Service
980 Martin Luther King Drive, SW, PO Box 11409,
Atlanta, GA 30310

The Telluride Association

The Telluride Association offers scholarships to gifted juniors for summer seminars in the humanities and social sciences. (This program is not conducted by NMSC.)

For more information, visit www.tellurideassociation.org or write to:

Telluride Association
217 West Avenue,
Ithaca, NY 14850

SAT testing dates

SAT Date Registration Deadline Testing Locations Register Link  
August 24, 2019 July 26, 2019 1, 2 & 3  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register  
October 5, 2019 September 6, 2019 1, 2 & 3 https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register  
November 2, 2019 October 3, 2019 1, 2 & 3 https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register  
December 7, 2019 November 9, 2019 1, 2 & 3 https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register  
March 14, 2020 February 14, 2020 1, 2 & 3 https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register  
May 2, 2019 April 3, 2020 1, 2 & 3 https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register  
June 6, 2020 May 8,2020 1, 2 & 3 https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register   

ACT testing dates

SAT Date Registration Deadline Testing Locations Register Link
September 14, 2019 August 16, 2019 1, 2 & 3  http://www.act.org
October 26, 2019 September 20, 2019 1, 2 & 3 http://www.act.org
December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019 1, 2 & 3 http://www.act.org
February 8, 2020 January 10, 2020 1, 2 & 3 http://www.act.org
April 4, 2020 February 28, 2020 1, 2 & 3 http://www.act.org
June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 1, 2 & 3 http://www.act.org
July 18, 2020 June 19, 2020 1, 2 & 3 http://www.act.org