The PSAT test, is a practice test for the SAT exam. We encourage all 9th, 10th, and 11th graders to take this exam in preparation for the SAT. All eligible 11th grade students who have a qualifying PSAT score are automatically entered in the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSQT). For additional PSAT/NMSQT information, please pick up a student guide in the counseling office or the Clovis West Library.
The benefits of taking the PSAT Test are:
- A practice test for the SAT Reasoning Test;
- An avenue for connecting students to colleges and scholarship organizations;
- A comprehensive report with information about every question – including correct answers, student responses, and difficulty level, along with student’s own test booklet.
- It focuses on what your student has already learned in school and what they will need to succeed in college.
- It measures their reasoning and critical thinking skills which will be important to them through high school, college, and beyond.
All Clovis Unified 11th grade students will take the PSAT free of charge and are automatically registered.
9th/10th grade students may register for a fee of $19.00. 9th and 10th grade students register online here. Online registration closes on October 13, 2019.
The PSAT/NMSQT includes a Reading Test, a Writing and Language Test, and a Math Test. The score you receive on the PSAT is a baseline to how you would score if you took the SAT. CWHS Counselors distribute the student Test Booklet and scored answer documents in January.
As the nation's most widely used college admission test, the SAT is taken by more than two million students every year and is accepted by virtually all colleges and universities. The SAT tests the reading, writing and math skills that are critical for success in college and beyond. The SAT also provides the opportunity for you to connect to scholarship opportunities, place out of certain college courses,and learn more about your academic strengths.
Four year college-bound students should take the SAT during the spring of their junior year and again during the fall of their senior year. Most colleges require students to take the SAT no later than the December test date.
New! Official SAT test practice is available through Khan Academy. Practice anytime, anywhere, at no cost.
The ASPIRE is a practice test for the ACT. The cost of the test is $35.
The benefits of taking the Aspire Test are:
- A practice test for the ACT
- Measure of College and Career Readiness
- Addresses questions about the strengths and weaknesses of your student in four academic areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science
- Allows students to determine if they are on target for college readiness as they prepare to take the ACT test and engage in college planning.
The ACT is accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the United States. The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. The test questions on the ACT are directly related to what you have learned in your high school courses in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Every day you attend class you are preparing for the ACT. The harder you work in school, the more prepared you will be for the test.
Four year college-bound students should take the ACT during the spring of their junior year and again during the fall of their senior year. Most colleges require students to take the ACT or SAT no later than the December test date.
Advanced Placement Testing (AP)
AP exams are taken each year during the month of May. Exams are scored on a 5 point scale and most colleges and universities award college credit for scores of 3, 4, or 5. The amount and type of credit varies by institution. Students who are in need of special accommodations must notify their teacher and AP Coordinator upon enrollment in the course.