Bishop Kearney High School offers the PSAT to all juniors *free of charge* in October every year. The PSAT is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT and all juniors are strongly encouraged to be present on testing day.
The most common reasons for taking the PSAT are to:
- Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study.
- See how your performance on a standardized test might compare with other students in your age group applying to college.
- Enter the competition for scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
- Help prepare for the SAT! You will become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
Test results from the PSAT will be delivered to Bishop Kearney in December and each student will have an individual meeting with their counselor to go over their score results and learn about My College QuickStart.
My College QuickStart is an easy-to-use, online, personalized college and career planning kit for all students who take the PSAT/NMSQT.
Bishop Kearney recommends that students take their first SAT sometime in the spring of their Junior year. Typically juniors will sign up for the May or June test dates. See the calendar for upcoming dates and registration deadlines. It is highly recommended that each student take the test more than once. Students generally score higher the 2nd or even 3rd time they take the test.
Students sign up for the SAT online. Counselors cannot sign a student up for the test; they must register online themselves. Any student who needs help registering is welcome to see their counselor for assistance. There is a $51 fee associated with the test. If you feel you may qualify for a fee waiver, please see your counselor.
For SAT : Sign up at www.collegeboard.org
The ACT is very similar to the SAT in that it is a national standardized test that colleges use as one measure of a student’s college readiness. The major difference between the tests is that the ACT includes a science section and the SAT does not. If your student is strong in the sciences, the ACT might be a good test for them to take.
Students can sign up for the test online at actstudent.org. We recommend that student’s sign up for the “ACT Plus Writing” version of the test. There is a $52 fee associated with the ACT. If you feel you may qualify for a fee waiver, please see your counselor.
For ACT: Sign up at www.act.org
SAT/ACT Review Courses
Bishop Kearney High School Counseling Office receives many inquiries from parents and students for information about SAT and ACT review courses. Listed below are the names and contact information of various companies that offer their SAT and ACT programs to students throughout the Rochester area. Please keep in mind that this is a partial list and serves only as possible suggestions. None of the programs listed are affiliated with or endorsed by Bishop Kearney high School.
Bishop Kearney will hold a free SAT review course for juniors in the spring of Junior year. Please check back for sign up information.
|Academic Achievement Center (Win-Jeff Plaza)||315-6135|
|Chariot Learning (Pittsford)||466-4022|
|Educational Opportunity Center (Rochester)||232-2730 x235|
|Huntington Learning Center (3050 Monroe Ave.)||419-6856|
|Iglesia Services, Inc (Rochester)||Thurston Rd, 436-3173|
Dewey Ave, 254-2072
|Kaplan Education Center (Mt. Hope Ave.)||461-9320|
|Mathnasium (1802 Penfield Rd.)||203-1717|
|Monroe Community College (E. Henrietta Rd.)||262-1430|
|Professional Tutoring Service (Rochester)||244-9155|
|Sylvan Learning Center (Pittsford)||385-9480|
SAT & ACT Accommodation Request Procedures for Students with IEP / 504 Plans
To register for testing accommodations for the PSAT, SAT, AP, or ACT please contact your school counselor for the appropriate forms. College Board tests include the PSAT, SAT, and AP – they require one application for all. The ACT is a separate agency and requires a separate application.