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PreACT is designed to predict student performance on the full ACT test for English, mathematics, reading and science, and can be taken in grades 9th through 12th but highly recommended in 10th grade.  The PreACT scores are reported using common scales as the ACT with the maximum score on each subject being 35.  Reports include career suggestions based on student goals and interests.


ACT is a test directly related to what students learn in most of their high school courses.  The test is made up of four curriculum-based, multiple-choice test in English, math, reading, and science and an optional 40-minute writing tests that measures essay composition skills.   This is a college admission test taken in the spring of the junior year or the fall of the senior year.

PSAT 8/9

The PSAT 8/9 establishes a baseline measurement of college and career readiness for students as they enter high school.  The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, in a way that makes sense for eighth and ninth graders.  It measures what they’re already learning, whether they’re on track for college, and where they need the most improvement. The PSAT 8/9 is administered once a year in October and is offered to all eighth and ninth grade students in Fresno Unified School district free of charge.


The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). When taken in the junior year, the PSAT is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship competition.  The PSAT/NMSQT is highly relevant for future success because they focus on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education: what you learned in high school and what you need to succeed in college.  Is serves as a check-in on student progress and pinpoints areas for development. The test is administered once a year in October and offered to all tenth grade students free of charge. A fee waiver is offered to all eligible 11th grade students to cover the cost of the test.


The new SAT covers core content areas deemed essential for success in college-reading, mathematics, and writing and language. Fresno Unified School District offers the SAT during the school day once a year in the spring to all eligible eleventh grade students.  The college admission test is also administered on Saturdays 7 times a year for juniors and seniors at designated testing centers.

SAT Subject Tests 

SAT Subject Tests are college admissions exams on specific subjects. There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics and science. Check college catalogs to determine if subject tests are required. Up to three tests may be taken on one date, but the SAT Subject tests cannot be taken on the same day that a student takes the SAT I. The test is best taken upon completion of the related course.

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