• College Admissions Testing Schedule at BHS 2016-17

    All students planning to begin at a four-year university should plan to take the SAT and/or ACT in the 11th or 12th grade.  Register online, pay online, but choose Belton High School as your testing center.
     
    ACT:  REGISTER AT WWW.ACT.ORG
      
    Click here for a printable schedule of test administrations at BHS, updated 9/14/17.
     
    Belton High School Test Code: 440580
    Choose Belton High School as your testing center!
     

    About State and National Testing

    PSAT

    The PSAT is a National Merit qualifying examination given to sophomore and juniors. It contains a reading, writing, and mathematics section, allowing a maximum of 2 hours and 45 minutes. The test is administered in October, with results returning in late December. This is a very comprehensive report and gives you a clear picture of your strengths and weaknesses on the test. Sophomores can take the test for practice; however, juniors are the only class included in the National Merit Competition.  Currently, BISD pays for each sophomore and junior at BHS to take the PSAT test.

    SAT & ACT

    Two of the most common and most important high school national exams are the SAT and the ACT. These standardized tests not only measure a student's academic capabilities, but also act as a major factor in college admissions.

    A question commonly asked is what is the difference between taking the SAT and ACT - and should you take both? Our general recommendation is you should take both tests, preferably during your junior year.  This allows time to retake one if needed.

    Here is a link to what Princeton Review has to say about each:
    The SAT vs. the ACT
     
    SAT Subject Tests
     
    SAT Subject tests are not required by all colleges, but may be required for certain majors such as engineering.  Check with the admissions office of the college to which you are applying to see if it is required.

    You have to register to take the SAT Subject tests. They are not a part of the standard three hour SAT Reasoning exam, but they are usually given on the same days and at the same place. Each test lasts one hour, and you can take up to three tests on a testing day.

    Students may receive a waiver to take each test twice for free if they are on free/reduced lunch.  See Mrs. Mayes in the Counseling Center to obtain a waiver.
     
     
     TSI Accuplacer
     
    The TSI Accuplacer exams (reading, writing, and math) are required at many two-year colleges and may be required at some four-year universities.  This includes students taking dual-credit classes through Temple College or the Texas Bioscience Institute.  Belton High School will be a testing site in 2016-17, testing in November and in the spring.  The Accuplacer website provides sample questions and information about situations where the exam may be required.  Ask your counselor for more information.  The Accuplacer at BHS costs $10.  The next exam administration will be March 21 and 23, 2017.
     
     
    ASVAB
     
    The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is used by the US military for recruitment purposes and identifying potential jobs within the military.  Taking the ASVAB does not commit a student to join the military, and it may be used by any student in order to identify career strengths and weaknesses.  The next exam administration will be in May 2017.  For more information ask your counselor or see the ASVAB website.  Practice tests can be found online on sites such as asvabpracticetestonline.com.