Students are encouraged to take standardized tests as part of postsecondary planning. To prepare, we encourage students to become familiar with the options for tests that create opportunities after high school.
PSAT: The PSAT is administered during the school day to 10th grade students. We encourage students to link their results into the free online SAT preparation courses. Students are also encouraged to register to repeat the PSAT during 11th grade so they may participate in National Merit and other recognition programs. See also: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10
SAT: The SAT is recommended for students during 11th grade during the spring semester. This assessment is considered a college entrance exam and may be requested as part of college admissions. For more information, visit: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat
ACT: Students are encouraged to take the ACT during 11th grade during the spring semester. This assessment is considered a college entrance exam and may be requested as part of college admissions. The ACT is different in structure and timing from the PSAT/SAT. For more information, visit: http://www.act.org/
AP: AP gives students the chance to tackle college-level work while they're still in high school and earn college credit and placement. Visit AP's sites to learn more and find the tools you need: exam practice for AP students, resources for AP teachers, tips for AP coordinators, and more. Visit: https://ap.collegeboard.org/.
ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery): The Department of Defense sponsors this free aptitude assessment and career interest inventory. The ASVAB is available for students in 10th -12th grade. This assessment is administered during the school day once a year. See also: https://www.asvabprogram.com/
The Texas Success Initiative program is designed to help your Texas public colleges determine the appropriate placement for students that enroll in college level coursework. For more information, visit: www.thecb.state.tx.us/TSI
If your child receives routine instructional accommodations due to a disability, please contact your campus to discuss the process for applying to receive instructional accommodations on standardized tests.
FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
Students who meet the SISD curriculum requirements for graduation are eligible to apply for financial aid for postsecondary education. To apply for federal and state financial aid, complete the FAFSA available online at https://fafsa.ed.gov. It is important to apply for financial aid early in the senior year. The FAFSA opens October 1st. Students that are not eligible to fill out the FAFSA may still apply for state aid through the TAFSA application. For additional information about Texas financial aid, visit: http://www.collegeforalltexans.com.