All eighth grade students seeking admission to St. Lucy’s take the HSPT, which measures ability and achievement in reading, language and mathematics. These test results are used in conjunction with elementary school achievement, teacher evaluations, and the student’s personal desire to attend St. Lucy’s in determining acceptance into St. Lucy’s as a freshman.
The PSAT/NMSQT is administered to all sophomores and juniors each October. This test is a variation of the College Board SAT Reasoning Skills, one of two aptitude tests required by most four-year colleges and universities. This test measures ability in critical reading, mathematics and writing skills. The PSAT helps students prepare for the SAT that is usually taken in the junior and/or senior year. The PSAT/NMSQT is required of all juniors who wish to seek recognition and financial awards through the scholarship program administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
The College Board administers the SAT Subject Tests, which are achievement tests in a variety of academic disciplines used by some highly selective colleges for admission purposes and/or placement. The University of California (UC) recommends, but does not require, the SAT Subject Tests. Subject tests may be taken in American history, world history, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics (level II), literature, French, Spanish, German, Modern Hebrew, Italian, and Latin. Information concerning these tests is available at www.collegeboard.com.
Most four-year colleges and universities require SAT Reasoning Skills, a college entrance examination administered by the College Entrance Examination Board. The test is used in conjunction with the high school record in determining admission. The SAT Reasoning Skills is administered at various local testing centers on Saturdays throughout the year. Information concerning times and locations of testing is available at www.collegeboard.com.
Most colleges and universities accept the ACT with Writing in lieu of the SAT Reasoning Skills as a partial fulfillment of their entrance requirements. This test measures ability in English, mathematics, social studies, natural sciences and writing. Information for the ACT is available at www.act.org.
College Rep Visits
Every year, St. Lucy’s host over 50 college rep visits in order for our students to become better acquainted with a variety of colleges and discover the wonderful opportunities those institutions have to offer. Students must sign up for those sessions through their Naviance account and must commit to attending. The representatives that hold information sessions are the admissions staff that will be evaluating the student’s applications, so it is a great way to make an impression.
Colleges and Universities wanting to schedule a virtual visit can go to https://counselorcommunity.com/
Room 200B serves as the guidance center and contains publications such as career brochures and college bulletins. It is used as a meeting room for student guidance groups and college speakers.
The school code for SAT Reasoning Skills, SAT Subject Tests and ACT is 051075. It is important to include the school code when registering for the tests.