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PSAT: All Sophomores will be given the PSAT 10 in the spring. This will prepare them to take the PSAT/NMSQT exam in the fall of their junior year when it will count for the National Merit Scholarship.

Juniors can take the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) on Saturday, October 13, 2018. This test is optional and is for juniors only. The test is used in the junior year as the qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship, and lets them see how they compare to other students in the same grade across the country. Scores will become available on or around December 10, 2018, and students will be notified via email from College Board. Follow the instructions to set up the College Board account, and submit the access code to acquire scores.


SAT: All juniors will take the SAT this Spring as part of state testing requirements. There is no need to sign up for this test, since it is provided by Clarkston High School and is given during school hours. Students wishing to re-take the SAT after the Spring test is administered for score improvement will need to register to take the test on one of the national test dates. Registration information can be found at


ACT: Students wishing to take the ACT can register to take the test on one of the national test dates at It is recommended for juniors to take both the ACT and the SAT. The tests are very different and students may score better on one vs. the other. Both tests are accepted by colleges for admission purposes.


ASVAB: The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test was originally designed to predict future academic and occupational success in military occupations. The ASVAB now incorporates a career exploration and planning program that uses your ASVAB results to help explore the world of work. The ASVAB test is open to 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. ASVAB testing takes place each year in March.


Advanced Placement (AP) Testing Advanced Placement offers students at Clarkston High School the opportunity to take college-level courses and exams. These courses allow students to potentially earn college credit, fulfill prerequisites for the first year in college, and give themselves an edge in the college admissions process.

Registration for the 2018-2019 AP Exams runs Thursday, February 1 through Sunday, February 25 (Late registration February 26-28- Late fee applies). Register at Exam fee is $98 per test.

Test Prep Resources

  • ACT: The only test preparation program designed exclusively by ACT test development professionals is now online. Practice tests with real ACT test questions. Practice essays for the optional ACT Writing Test, with real-time scoring. Comprehensive content review for each of the ACT's four required tests—English, Math, Reading, and Science. Diagnostic test and study path. Anywhere, anytime access via the Internet
  • College Board: The College Board is the official site of PSAT, SAT, and AP testing and offers free practice tests, tips, and video tutorials
  • Khan Academy: This free service has partnered with College Board to provide exclusive access to preparation materials for the re-designed SAT tests. Through Khan Academy you can upload your PSAT or SAT results, or take diagnostic testing, to develop a personalized road map for SAT test preparation.
  • Keller Clinic: Offers short and long term tutoring supporting the ACT/SAT/PSAT/GMAT/GRE/GED. Individualized approach focuses on those specific areas in which the student needs support and improvement, rather than applying a general preparation method.
  • College Quest: ACT/SAT prep- offers small class sizes (6 students), 12 or 7 session courses, one-on -one tutoring, and unlimited use of services without ever paying again.
  • Mally ACT: (Academic Tutoring, Confidence Building, Testing Strategies) Tutors provide subject-specific help in all subtests of the ACT and SAT.
  • Princeton Review: (ACT/SAT/GMAT/GRE/LSAT)
  • Tutor Doctor: One-on-one customized, in-home tutoring for SAT/ACT
  • Varsity Scholar: On-site and online tutoring for SAT/ACT