See To Test or Not to Test? for an explanation of Test Optional policies and the latest from colleges. 1.2022
Please see the pages on each test (hyperlinked below) for detailed information about test content and resources.
College Admissions Tests for 4-year Colleges
PSAT All Shorewood Sophomores are automatically signed up. Also recommended for Juniors who intend to apply to 4-year colleges. Juniors must register at the Shorewood Business Office in the Fall.
SAT Offered by the College Board seven times a school year. Shorewood is usually a test site. Register through the CollegeBoard.org. Four year colleges that accept scores will take either the SAT or ACT.
ACT Offered by ACT seven times a school year. Shorewood is usually a test site. Register through ACT.org. Four year colleges will accept either the SAT or ACT and do not express a preference.
SAT Subject Tests Discontinued as of 1.19.2021. See the news release from the College Board.
Test-Optional or Test-Flexible Schools
See FairTest.org to view a searchable list of 1800+ colleges that do not require SAT or ACT scores. Before the 2020-2021 pandemic, only a few four-year colleges in Washington State were test-optional or test-flexible. As of early 2022, all public and private four-year colleges in Washington and Oregon and most in California are test-optional or test free. See To Test or Not to Test? for an explanation of Test Optional policies and the latest from colleges. January 2022
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB, is used by all branches of the United States Military. Potential recruits take the test--either on a computer or on paper-- at a local office. For details about the test, see the Official ASVAB Fact Sheet.
The ASVAB is a is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.
The ASVAB measures aptitudes in four domains: Verbal; Math; Science and Technical; Spatial. See ASVAB Subtests for details on the test structure and Preparing for the ASVAB for ways to prepare for the test and advice about test-taking strategy.
Community College Placement Tests
Colleges like Shoreline Community College have placement tests rather than admissions tests. The scores are used to figure out which level of course you should take.
Shoreline Community College has several options for placement. See SCC's Placement and Prerequisites page for full details. Students may be able to use the following for placement purposes.
ACT and/ or SAT for English or Math
Aleks, which can be taken at SCC
AP (Advanced Placement), which may be used to fulfill prerequisites or as college credit toward a degree.
High School Transcript for Shoreline School District and Edmonds School District students.
Smarter Balanced Assessment in Reading and/ or Math
Edmonds Community College generally uses the Accuplacer test, though some Alternative Assessments are also accepted. See EDCC Placement Testing and EDCC Alternative Assessments.
See To Test or Not to Test? for an up-to-date, click through explanation of Test Optional policies and the latest from colleges. 6.2022
Perspectives on Testing June 2020 to learn about testing trends and how to use test scores to your advantage.
Much Ado About Testing (video) College Guidance Network with Akil Bello and Adam Ingersoll
Navigating the New Normal of Optional Testing (video) with experts from admission and counseling.
Inflection Point: Is Test-Optional the Future? article from NACAC August 2022
Compass Guide to College Admissions Testing
From this Compass Education page, you can download the excellent annual Compass Guide for free.
Colleges That Allow Self-Reported Scores
More and more colleges allow self-reported scores. Consult this list to if the schools you are applying to
List of Test-Optional and Test-Flexible Colleges.
PSAT (College Board)
Official site of the PSAT.
SAT (College Board)
Official site of the SAT.