The ACT is meant to test specific instructional goals and is content oriented. It focuses on four areas:  English, math, reading and science reasoning.  The science reasoning is about how to reason inductively from given data to a general conclusion.  

The ACT also has an optional essay section. The average national score is 21. Free practice tests are below including the daily Question of the Day study assistance.


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Individual SAT score reports are not sent directly to the High School.  Students can log in to the collegeboard website to access their SAT scores from the April SAT Idaho Junior test day.  Also interpretation of scores will be done next fall.  Here are instructions:

Getting SAT Scores from your College Board Account:

  1. Go to collegeboard.org
  2. If you don’t have a collegeboard account you need to create one
  3. Click on Sign Up, then I am a Student
  4. Complete all personal information and submit
  5. Once your account is created, click on SAT
  6. It should take you to a page that says “For Students” in big black bold letters at the top, with “My Organizer” right underneath on the left hand side.
  7. Click on “My SAT” right under My Organizer
  8. It will ask you to log in again to verify your password
  9. Once you sign in again, it will take you to an SAT Registration page, which looks like it is asking you to register again.  You are really not registering again, you will be verifying your personal information. Click on “Continue” in the bottom right hand corner.
  10. The first question asks if you have previously taken the SAT.  Say “Yes”.  Then you will need to get your test registration number from your HS Counselor.
  11. Fill in the Test Registration Number, and complete and verify all other fields.
  12. Once you have verified all fields, click “Continue” in the bottom right corner.
  13. If you get an error message that your grade level and graduation date are inconsistent, scroll down to that field and check the box that says “No I do not wish to make changes” and click continue again.
  14. This will take you directly to your Organizer page; scroll down and you will see an arrow that says “Get Scores Now”.  Click on arrow.

The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.

The U.S. Armed Forces have high standards for enlistment. An important part of a recruiter’s job is to screen applicants to ensure they measure up. Even before a recruiter will send you to take the ASVAB, he/she will ask about your marital status, health, education, drug use, and arrest record. It’s very important that you answer these questions openly and honestly. Once the recruiter has determined that you are qualified for further processing, you will be scheduled to take the ASVAB. A physical exam may also be conducted at that time. For more information about military entrance processing, visit the Military Entrance Processing Command website at http://www.mepcom.army.mil/


The Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a program co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  Students can take the PSAT as a sophomore to practice for the SAT, or as a Junior to qualify for National Merit Scholarships.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation

The National Hispanic Recognition Program

National Scholarship Service

The Telluride Association


The Compass is a computer-adaptive, college placement test that lets educators evaluate a student's skill levels, place in appropriate courses, and be able to connect a student to the resources to achieve academic success.  The Compass test is required for community college placement (North Idaho College, Spokane Falls Community College), and also in order to enroll and participate in any Dual Credit courses at PRLHS or at the community colleges.

The average testing time is 1 to 1.5 hours. You will receive your test scores immediately after completing the test.

Call (208) 263-4594 to arrange your testing time at the Sandpoint Testing Center.


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If you are eligible for free or reduced lunches, you may also be eligible for a test fee waiver. Talk to your counselor about that today!


Standardized tests (SAT, ACT, etc) are taken by students who want entry into higher education. Standardized tests are meant to level the academic playing field, creating a fair baseline to compare all students. Some selective schools look for a strong and competitive score, while some schools have made these tests optional.

Unfortunately you won't ever know exactly how much each school uses standardized tests in their admission and scholarship decisions. Admissions also may want to know all about you: your GPA, course rigor, class rank, recommendations, work experience, community service, talents and extracurricular activities.

The bottom line is that these tests don't define a student. Do the best you can to study and prepare for the tests, but don't let it affect other parts of your life like your regular school work!


1. Prepare - don't obsess.

2. Don't neglect your schoolwork.

3. Take timed and untimed (FREE) practice tests.

4. Prepare the night before - admission ticket, #2 pencils, erasers and approved calculator.

5. Know how to get to the test location before you go.

6. Eat a good breakfast.

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