Testing

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP Registration and Fee Payment

The process and deadline for AP exam registration has CHANGED for 2019-20!

Beginning this year, students must register and pay for AP exams no later than November 1st.

Any registrations after November 1st will incur a late fee. (See information below about an installment payment plan.)

Students may register for one or more tests. All tests will be administered in May 2020.  

Step 1:  Exam registration is now done through each student’s individual College Board MyAP account. 

  • Students first create a “MyAP” account 

  • Students create only one MyAP account, no matter how many AP classes they are taking.

  • Students join each subject AP Classroom with the code provided by their teacher. (If a student hasn’t joined their AP class yet, they must get the join code from their SME teacher.)

  • Students must mark “yes” in their MyAP account for each exam they wish to take. 

  • The deadline to register without a late fee is November 1st.

  • The date of each exam (in May) is displayed in individual accounts. See the complete schedule here.

Step 2:  Payment for exams is done online through Total Registration. 

  • The fee for each exam is $100.

  • The deadline to pay without a late fee is November 1st.

  • If you already have an account with Total Registration, do not create another.

  • Please follow all directions in Total Registration. You will receive a confirmation once you have paid. In addition to paying through Total Registration, students must log in to their College Board account and opt in to their test (see Step 1).

  • A late fee of $40 will be added to each exam, for a total of $140 for each late exam registration.

  • Total Registration offers families the option of making partial payments over time (until February 21st) without incurring the $40 late so long as an initial minimum payment of $25 per exam is made by November 1st. 

  • Click here for Total Registration.

Why take AP exams?

  • Students are encouraged to take exams, but it is not required. 

  • Students may be able to earn college credit or placement, depending on where they attend college and the score they earn on their exam. 

  • Use this online search tool to find AP credit policies at colleges and universities.

  • Students are encouraged to join each of their AP classes online even if they do not intend to take the test. There are additional resources and study tools available in MyAP.

  • See College Board for more information about the benefits of taking AP exams.

If you have additional questions, please contact AP Coordinator Susan Barr, susanbarr@smsd.org


Scores

Use the College Board website to view your AP scores and to send your AP scores to colleges.

SME does not include AP scores on transcripts and does not send score reports to colleges or universities, so students need to access their College Board account in order to view and send their AP scores.

SM East CEEB Code:  172473

Having trouble logging in or viewing your scores? See the AP Frequently Asked Questions and the account help and troubleshooting resources on the College Board website.

Earning college credit from AP tests

Use the College Board's credit policy search tool to find colleges and universities that offer credit or placement for AP scores.

Choosing which AP courses to take

See the College Board for more information about the benefits of taking AP courses and deciding which AP courses may be right for you.

9th grade PreACT

  • All freshmen are required to report to school by 7:40 am.  

  • All freshmen will take the PreACT

  • Why?

    • The PreACT 8-9 is a multiple-choice assessment that offers 9th graders early experience with ACT test items, provides a predicted ACT test score, and offers information to help students get the start they need to be college ready. Find more information here.

  • How do I register? Is there a fee?

    • Students are registered automatically and there is no fee.

  • Room assignments will be emailed and posted several days before the test.

10th gr PSAT

Sophomores

  • All sophomores are required to report to school by 7:40 am.  

  • All sophomores will take the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test).  

  • Why?

    • The PSAT aligns with the SAT (a college entrance exam).  Students will receive a personalized report detailing their academic strengths and the specific areas that need improvement.

    • The sophomore PSAT provides practice only. (The sophomore score does not enter students in the National Merit Scholarship competition; that requires taking the PSAT again in junior year).

    • Note: sophomores will be taking the PSAT, not the “PSAT 10,” which is a different test.
       
    • More information, including a practice test can be found on the College Board web site

  • How do I register? Is there a fee?

    • There is no fee or registration required for sophomores to take the PSAT/NMSQT.

  • Room assignments will be emailed and posted several days before the test

 

psat practice test

Oct. 16 Test Day

  • Freshmen:  all 9th graders will be taking the PreACT, which is a practice test that will help prepare students for the ACT and provide feedback on areas of strengths and weaknesses. No registration is necessary and the test is free.
  • Sophomores: all 10th graders will be taking the PSAT, which is a practice SAT test that will help prepare students for college admissions tests and provide feedback on areas of strengths and weaknesses. No registration is necessary and the test is free.
  • Juniors:  11th graders have two options: the junior PSAT or a practice ACT. If you are taking the PSAT, registration will be done online through Total Registration beginning in September, with a cost of $20. No registration is necessary for the practice ACT, which is free. More will be sent to juniors and their parents soon. Counselors will also be visiting junior advisory classes on Sept. 11 & 18 to answer questions.

School will be in session in the afternoon. Details of the schedule will be provided soon.

11th grade PSAT / ACT on Oct 16

Juniors

All juniors report to school by 7:40 am to take one of two tests:

 

Test Option A: 

The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test).

Test Option B:   

Practice ACT

How do I register? 

Juniors who choose to take the PSAT must register themselves online at Total Registration 

Any junior who doesn’t register for the PSAT will be automatically registered for the practice ACT. 

Is there a fee?

Cost is $20

There is no fee for the Practice ACT.

Is there a deadline?

Deadline to register for the PSAT is Friday,  Oct 4th at 3:00 p.m.

There is no deadline for the ACT, but if you register for the PSAT and then want to switch to the ACT, please see instructions below.

When will I get my scores?

Scores are released to students online on their College Board account in late November or early December. (If you already have an account, do not create another. Use the online tools to find your existing account.)

Score reports will be given to students at school in late November or early December.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What if I miss the registration deadline for the PSAT?

  • After Fri., Oct. 4 @ 3:00 p.m.:   email Susan Barr (susanbarr@smsd.org

    • Students will be allowed to test on a space available basis

What if I registered for the PSAT, but want to switch to the Practice ACT?

  • Before Fri., Oct 4 @ 3:00 p.m.:

    • Cancel registration on Total Registration

    • Refund will be issued by Total Registration

    • Students will be assigned a testing room for the Practice ACT

  • After Fri., Oct. 4 @ 3:00 p.m.:

    • Email Susan Barr (susanbarr@smsd.org

    • Students may take the Practice ACT on a space available basis; students will be notified if space is available and where to report for testing

    • No refund will be given for the PSAT

How do I know which junior test I should take?

  • Both tests will help students identify their readiness for college and for the college entrance exams they will take later in the year—either the ACT or the SAT.  

  • All colleges and universities in the US now accept both the SAT and the ACT and will almost always take whichever score is higher. Some students choose to take only the ACT, while others take only the SAT, and some students take both.

  • Why should I take the junior year PSAT?

    • Taking the PSAT in October of the junior year is the only way a student can be entered in the National Merit Scholarship Competition.  (The PSAT that students took as sophomores was for practice only. Sophomore year scores do not count for National Merit competition)

    • The PSAT provides practice, feedback, and preparation for the SAT.

    • Students who take the PSAT will receive a personalized report on their academic strengths and the specific areas that need improvement. 

  • Why should I take a practice ACT?

    • Students who take the practice ACT will receive a printout with their scores in the four subject areas. 

    • It provides practice for the real ACT and would provide a baseline score for comparison to the real test. The practice ACT score is not reported to any college or university and is not considered for admissions purposes.

    • We recommend that all juniors take the real ACT at SME on Tues., Feb. 25th (free!). Registration for that test will begin in late October. They can then re-take the ACT in April, June, July, or possibly in September, if they need to try to improve their score for college applications.

Need more help in deciding which test option is right for you?

Contact your counselor:

A – Fo:  Traci Ybarra, traciybarra@smsd.org 

Fr – L:  Michele Burns, micheleburns@smsd.org

M – R:  Susan Barr, susanbarr@smsd.org

S – Z:  Brenda Tretbar, brendatretbar@smsd.org

Additional information about what to bring on test day, along with room assignments, will be emailed several days before the test.

psat practice test

SAT

Register online at College Board

Tests are administered at SME and other local schools. You can view available locations during the registration process.

SM East CEEB Code:  172473

2018-19 SAT Administration Dates and Deadlines

SAT Date Registration Deadline     Late Registration Deadline      Deadline for Changes
Aug. 25, 2018       July 27, 2018


August 15, 2018 

August 15, 2018
Oct. 6, 2018 September 7, 2018


September 26, 2018

September 26, 2018
Nov. 3, 2018 October 5, 2018


October 24, 2018

October 24, 2018
Dec. 1, 2018 November 2, 2018


November 20, 2018

November 20, 2018
March 9, 2019 February 8, 2019


February 27, 2019

February 27, 2019
May 4, 2019 April 5, 2019


April 24, 2019

April 24, 2019
June 1, 2019 May 3, 2019


May 22, 2019

May 22, 2019

ACT

FREE February 25th ACT  

  • This is a real ACT and will be given at SME on the morning of Feb. 25th
  • Registration begins on Mon., Oct. 21st and closes on Fri., Nov. 8th
  • To register, students must log in to their Skyward account and click on "Custom Forms"
    (Parents may not register their child through the parent skyward page.)
  • Eligible students:   Any high school junior enrolled in a Shawnee Mission high school.

For Saturday testing, register online at ACT.

Saturday tests are administered at other local high schools (not SME). You can view available locations during the registration process.

SM East CEEB Code:  172473

Registration Dates & Deadlines

2019-2020 Test Dates (National)

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 14, 2019**      August 16, 2019                        August 17-30, 2019
October 26, 2019 September 20, 2019 September 21-October 4, 2019
December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 9-22, 2019
February 8, 2020* January 10, 2020 January 11-17, 2020
April 4, 2020 February 28, 2020 February 29 - March 13, 2020
June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 9-22, 2020
July 18, 2020 June 19, 2020 June 20-26, 2020

 

Test Prep

Free SME Online, Self-paced ACT Test Prep Course in Google Classroom!

  • Free to all SME students and families. 
  • Students typically begin taking the ACT in their junior year, however, all students may use this prep course.
  • Course is now open for students preparing for the Oct 27th ACT. 
  • Students can become students by entering the code qxadcsf.  This will guide them through a process of learning about the test, taking practice assessments, and completing 3 full length ACT tests
  • If you have any questions, please let Mr. Barikmo (Instructional Coach) know by emailing him at Kristofferbarikmo@smsd.org.

Additional resources:

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Doorway to College / ZAPS
In-person instruction for ACT and SAT at SME, SMNW and other local sites  

The ACT
Registration site for the ACT. Also includes test prep resources and test-taking tips. 
On Twitter: @actstudent

The Princeton Review
Test prep and tutoring assistance, along with information and advice about college admission. 

Kaplan Test Prep and ACT/Kaplan Online Prep Live
Highly rated and longstanding test prep company whose motto is "the right tools, personalized learning, and guaranteed results." Lots of options.

Peterson's
Comprehensive site that includes college search and financial aid tools, along with test prep for the ACT, SAT, and PSAT.

PowerScore
Highly reviewed and one of the fastest-growing test prep companies in the U.S. 

Revolution Prep
Highly rated professional tutoring.

4 Tests
Founded by two recent college graduates who had difficulty finding the test prep resources they wanted.

Method Test Prep
Online teacher-led prep courses, with a variety of options (mini "cram" classes, as well as more thorough, lengthier courses).

The College Board
Official site of the PSAT and SAT. Includes free practice tests and links to free Khan Academy test prep, along with options for fee-based study guides and online courses. Also provides tips and study strategies and info on college search.