College Entrance Exams
Most colleges and universities will accept either Scholastic Aptitude Test or American College Test scores for entrance. Some colleges also require SAT II Subject Tests, and the ACT can be used as a replacement for the SAT II requirement at certain universities.
Students should consult college catalogs for specific test requirements. The Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test – PSAT / NMSQT – is a standardized test that gives students firsthand practice for the SAT, the nation’s most widely used college admission exam. The test is a required step for participation in the National Merit Scholar Competition. Students take the PSAT in the fall of their junior year of high school.
College and Career Centers
College and Career Centers are located at all district high schools. Support specialists are available before school, during lunch and after school and can help with topics such as:
- College majors
- Selecting the best school to match your interests and skills
- College application process
- Paying for college
- Scholarship opportunities
- Community college options
- Entering the workforce after high school
- Joining the military
- College entrance exam registration and details
- Study tools
- Information on playing sports in college
For more info, contact the college and career specialist at your school. Our College and Career Centers are supported by the PV Schools Education Foundation.
Family Connection is a comprehensive website that you and your student can use to make plans about colleges, and careers. Family Connection is linked with Naviance™, a service that we use in our guidance offices to track and analyze data about college and career plans, to meet Arizona's ECAP (Educational and Career Action Plan) requirements.
Family Connection allows your student to:
- Get involved in the planning and advising process – Build a resume, complete online surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers.
- Research colleges – Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from our school for students who have applied and been admitted in the past.
- Research careers – Research hundreds of careers and career clusters, and take career assessments.
- Create plans for the future – Create goals and to-dos, and complete tasks assigned by the school to better prepare your student for future college and career goals.
To visit your school’s Family Connection site, visit the Naviance site.
Enter your school's zip code (find your school's website/address), then use the following credentials to log in:
password: your "other" password
We hope that you will find this resource helpful. If you have questions about Family Connection, please contact your school counseling department.