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  • High schools vary from place to place, so colleges can't look at grades alone. Standardized tests provide a consistent way for colleges to evaluate students. Most colleges require you to take one of the most common tests, the SAT® or the ACT®. Check with the colleges you plan to apply to for their testing requirements

    The most common tests:

    • SAT Reasoning Test™. This test measures your ability to think and solve problems. Almost all colleges and universities accept the SAT as part of the admissions process. You can take the test in your junior and senior years.
    • ACT. 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 have learned in school.
    • SAT Subject Tests™. These tests measure your knowledge and skills in a variety of subjects. Some colleges use them for admissions and to help students choose the right courses. Some schools require them. At other schools, they are optional.
    • AP® Tests. Short for Advanced Placement, AP tests give you the chance to earn college credit while still in high school. Many students take them after completing AP classes.
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    • CLEP® Tests. Short for College Level Examination Programs, these tests can help you earn college credit in many different subjects. They are often taken by home-schooled students, or people who are returning to college after being in the workforce.
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    • International® Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. This is a two-year program designed for college-bound high school students. It is accepted by hundreds of colleges and universities in the U.S. The course can help you earn college credit. Ask your guidance counselor if your school offers it.

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