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AP Testing Information

Schools across the country will receive more detailed information about the new Advanced Placement resources and streamlined processes launching in the 2019-20 school year. These changes - which include tools to boost student practice and moving the exam registration date to the fall - are designed to give every student the best chance to earn college credit.

Educators and parents can download handouts about the changes at collegeboard.org/ap2019.

NFA is one of 800 schools chosen by College Board to begin its new online student registration.

Student Registration

  • Students will now register in the Fall for their AP Exam(s). To register for AP exams and resources students must create a www.myCollegeboardAP.org account.
  • In their AP classes, students will be provided a join code from their AP teacher(s).
  • If students would like to sit for the AP exam in the Spring they will register on their Collegeboard AP account.
  • During the first week of November, their registration will be verified by NECSD PPS Director/AP Coordinator.
  • Students will not have to pay for the AP Exam until the Spring of 2019.
    • Cost for AP Exams- $94 per exam
    • This exam fee is non-refundable.  Check or money order must be written payable to “Newburgh Enlarged City School District.” Please be sure the student’s full name appears on the memo line of the check or money order along with his or her ID# and the name of each exam being ordered.
    • If you are a student that qualifies for reduced exam fee based on your parent’s income, please see your counselor.
  • Late orders or cancellations due to second-semester courses and students who transfer in or out of the school will not incur penalties.

The final ordering deadline for registration is November 15, 2018. After this date, you can add or cancel exams through the final ordering deadline of March 1, 2019. An additional late order fee of $40 per exam or a cancellation fee of $40 per exam will apply.


Standardized Exams

Most colleges require student to take a college entrance test. These tests are predictors of how well a student will do academically in college their freshman year. Most four year colleges require them, most two years college do not require them. It is recommended that students take a standardized exams once in the Spring of their Junior year and then again in the Fall of their Senior year

Getting Prepared

PSAT:  The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is taken in October of junior year and is a practice test in preparation for the SAT. It is the same format as the SAT and is useful as an indicator of SAT scores.  PSAT scores are not usually used by colleges as admissions criteria, but one’s score on the test does determine qualification for participation in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Plan to take the PSAT in the fall of your junior year.

Information about October 2022 Exam

Information on understanding PSAT scores from collegeboard.org

Standardized Exams (Information provided by studentaid.ed.gov)


The SAT measures your ability rather than knowledge. The 3 ¾-hour test contains three sections: writing, critical reading, and math. Most of the questions are multiple-choice.

Some colleges may also require you to take an SAT Subject Test. SAT Subject Tests measure your knowledge in specific subjects within five general categories: English, mathematics, history, science, and languages. Specific subjects range from English literature to biology to Modern Hebrew. SAT Subject Tests are primarily multiple-choice, and each lasts one hour.

Both the SAT and SAT Subject Tests are offered several times a year at locations across the country. The College Board provides detailed information about the SAT and SAT Subject Tests, including information about preparing to take the test, what to take with you on test day, and understanding your scores.

Juniors will take the SAT and ACT sometime during the spring semester, usually in March, May, or June.

In addition, both sophomores and juniors should consider taking one or more SAT Subject Tests in June.  Speak with your counselor regarding your specific situation.

School Code = 333-310, Test Center Code = 33-698

To register online and for dates and costs visit: SAT: Collegeboard


SAT Subject Tests  (Information provided via Collegeboard.com)  

SAT Subject Tests are college admission exams on specific subjects. These are the only national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your strengths and interests.

When, Where, and How

  • SAT Subject Tests are generally given six times in any given school year, on the same days and in the same test centers as the SAT — but not all 20 tests are offered on every SAT date. Find out when specific tests will be given.
  • The Language with Listening tests are only offered in November.
  • You can take one, two, or three Subject Tests on any test date.
  • You can’t take the SAT and an SAT Subject Test on the same day.
  • Some SAT Subject Tests require you to bring special equipment — for example, CD players for Language with Listening tests.
  • You choose what tests to take when you register, but on test day, you can add, subtract, or switch tests — with some limitations. Learn more.




Like the SAT, the ACT is accepted by almost all colleges and universities. But instead of measuring how you think, the ACT measures what you’ve learned in school. The ACT consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, reading, mathematics, and science. If your college requires a writing test, you can take the ACT Plus Writing, which includes a writing test in addition to the other four tests. These tests are offered several times a year at locations (usually high schools and colleges) across the country.

Check out detailed information about the ACT, including preparing to take the test, what to take with you on test day, and understanding your scores.


ACT Exam Information

(Colleges require students who take the ACT to take it WITH the writing section)

School Code = 333-310, Test Center = 165140

To Register Online and for dates and costs visit: http://www.actstudent.org


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