Standardized testing is one factor in college admissions decisions, especially at most of the highly selective colleges and universities. Although many institutions are now offering test-optional admissions review, a test score can often enhance a scholarship or merit award outside of an admissions decision. The theory behind requesting standardized testing is offering a common criterion to use for application evaluation.

SM Testing Overview
SM provides an annual opportunity for all students to prepare for the college testing process. Each October, 9th-11th grades take one practice exam while at school. Tests are scored and a detailed assessment regarding predictive performance is given to each student. No outside registration or fee is required. 
  • 9th Grade:           PSAT 8/9
  • 10th Grade:          PreACT
  • 11th Grade:           PSAT
The timeline for taking an official SAT or ACT varies for each student from summer before junior year to the fall of senior year. Each student works individually with their counselor to create a testing calendar based on academic preparation and readiness. 
Colleges do not require both the ACT or SAT during the admissions process. Students may opt to take one or the other. Some colleges may "superscore" the SAT or the ACT, meaning they will only review the highest section scores from each test date. 

Class of 2022 - SAT Registration

The SAT is being offered on Wednesday, October 13 at 8 a.m. for SM seniors exclusively. There is space for all SM seniors who want to test, but you must register by October 1st.

If you have any questions about the school day SAT exam, please contact your counselor.

Please register here


SM and Test Prep Partnerships

Two local test prep companies are partnering with SM to offer our families a discount on their SAT, ACT, and tutoring services.


Collegewise believes in "a cohesive, targeted approach tailored to meet student goals. Great score improvements for less time and expense and making students better learners." They are offering SM families 10% off any Collegewise test prep or tutoring service. See the flyer for more details and for the number to call. Don't forget to mention the discount and that you're an SM student!

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Collegewise information

Future Focused

Future Focused gives "students the necessary tools and guidance to take their academic performance to the next level" and believes in student success. They are offering SM families 25% off their small group SAT or ACT courses. See the flyer for more details and for the number to call. Don't forget to mention the discount and that you're an SM student!

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Future Focused Information

Class of 2023 - PSAT Registration

The PSAT/NMSQT exam is being offered on Wednesday, October 13 at 8 a.m. All juniors will be required to take the PSAT at school on this date.

If you have any questions about the PSAT/NMSQT exam for the Class of 2023 please contact your counselor.

Other Test Prep Resources

SMCHS School Code: 052563


SAT Registration
SMCHS School Code: 052563

*Due to COVID-19, testing plans are changing daily*

Many colleges and universities will be test optional for the 2020-21 admissions cycle. Test Optional List

Please visit the following sites for the most updated information:


Test Descriptions