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Accuplacer

The Accuplacer test is a placement test used to determine skills and knowledge needed to start taking college-level courses. GCA is excited about the opportunity to offer this test to our students. The Accuplacer test is available to students in grades 9th-12th

Testing Dates:

  • September 20, 2019
  • November 15, 2019
  • February 21, 2020
  • April 17, 2020

Visit the Counseling Calendar for Accuplacer Testing Details

NOTE: The Accuplacer test will be given IN-PERSON only at the GCA District Office, 1745 Phoenix Blvd., Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30349

PSAT

(Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test)

The PSAT/NMSQT®is an excellent opportunity for students to understand and practice the requirements of the SAT®, which is a critical reasoning exam used as a criteria in college admissions.  Tenth grade students who participate in the October administration of the PSAT/NMSQT®receive a detailed, electronic Student Score Report in December.

The Student’s Score Report provides students with a comprehensive skills’ analysis of their performance and gives them a code to access Khan Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org/sat) for personalized practice plans.  Students may explore careers through Roadtrip Nation and BigFuture, features found under the Popular Tools tab. 

Each individual Student’s Score Report identifies specific Advanced Placement courses in which the student is likely to succeed.  In addition, each local school may identify students with potential to succeed in identified Advanced Placement courses thru AP Potential, a web-based program based on PSAT/NMSQT®data. 

PSAT Resources

SAT

(Scholastic Aptitude Test)

Students who plan to attend college need to take the SAT and/or the ACT. Most four-year colleges and some two-year college require an ACT and/or SAT score for admissions consideration. You should always research colleges you are interested in to see what they require for admissions. Although there is not a specific/required time period to take these tests, most students take the PSAT in 10th grade (to practice and prepare for the SAT), the SAT spring semester of their junior year, and another SAT fall semester of their senior year. Although we will provide information and assist with questions, GCA staff will not register you for these tests, therefore you must plan to do that on your own. Below are some links to assist you with this process and provide you further information regarding these exams. 

SAT website

Register for the SAT

ACT

(American College Testing)

Students who plan to attend college need to take the ACT and/or the SAT. Most four-year colleges and some two-year college require an ACT and/or SAT score for admissions consideration. You should always research colleges you are interested in to see what they require for admissions. Although there is not a specific/required time period to take these tests, most students take the ACT spring semester of their junior year, and another ACT fall semester of their senior year. Although we will provide information and assist with questions, GCA staff will not register you for these tests, therefore you must plan to do that on your own. Below are some links to assist you with this process and provide you further information regarding these exams. 

ACT website

Register for the ACT