Students in grades four through six take standardized testing every other spring. Middle School and Upper School students in grades seven through eleven take the PSAT 8/9 or PSAT 10/11. The Academy also monitors SAT/ACT scores of juniors and seniors as an indicator of overall student achievement.
College Admissions Testing
Juniors and seniors are encouraged to take the SAT and/or the ACT in preparation for applying to colleges and universities. These tests are administered on designated Saturdays in specific test sites not at Amelia Academy. The SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) is a multiple-choice test that measures knowledge and reasoning in math, verbal, and writing areas. The ACT (American College Test) measures knowledge in English, math, reading, and science reasoning. SAT II tests are subject tests in approximately twenty different areas required by some colleges and universities and are used as an additional evaluation tool. The most common subject tests are math and writing, but tests also exist for histories, sciences, and languages. Students need to check with the college or university to which an application is being made to determine if SAT II tests are required or recommended.
College Application Timeline (Juniors)
Take the SAT in May or June
It is recommended that juniors take the SAT in May or June. Test dates for Spring 2021 are — May 8 and June 5. The deadlines to register are April 8 for May Test and May 6 for the June Test. To register, go to the College Board website.
Find your College match
Students should plan to visit colleges and universities in the Spring. Many colleges have Open Houses during this time that are created for juniors. Others offer day and weekend visits for students.
College Applicationn Timeline (Seniors)
Take the SAT in the Fall
Seniors are encouraged to take the SAT in October or November. Most colleges & universities super-score the SAT, which means the top scores in Verbal and Math will be included in the application.
Fill out the FAFSA
All students should complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This form is used by colleges to create a scholarship/loan package for accepted students. Many students at public universities, and almost all students at private colleges and universities receive some level of financial aid.
College Visits and Open Houses
Open House days are scheduled throughout the Fall for seniors and their families. Students should also consider taking a College Day during the week to visit the colleges to which they are applying.
Students should obtain information about early decision and early action application deadlines, which are usually in November and December. It is recommended that all applications be completed by mid-December.
May 1 Decision Day
All seniors must pay their deposit for the college they plan to attend by May 1. After that date, the spaces will be given to students on the waiting list.