College Testing

    Spring 2016: The SAT will change- FAQ's

    An article about the changes to the SAT:


    The SAT & SAT II's U.S. Test Dates and Deadlines for 2015-16

    The ACT National Test Dates in the U.S., 2015–2016

    Bring these items on test day
     Your acceptable photo identification  * A school ID from a previous year or expired passport are not acceptable forms of ID .
     Your photo Admission Ticket
     No. 2 pencils and a soft eraser
     Acceptable equipment (calculator)

    You are responsible for understanding and following the identification (ID) requirements and policies.


    • The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is a preview of the SAT, which most students take before applying to colleges. The PSAT is given at BMHS annually in October. All sophomores and juniors are automatically registered for the PSAT. For juniors, the PSAT acts as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. For all students, the PSAT provides feedback on their strengths and weaknesses in elements of reading, writing and math in preparation for the SAT. For more details, go to the College Board website.
    • SAT and Subject Tests – a set of tests that assess a student’s academic readiness for college. The SAT is the most widely used college admission test. BMHS’s high school code for the SAT is 070698. Test dates and deadlines for registering for the SAT or Subject Tests can be found on the College Board website.  
    •  ACT - The ACT is a widely used college admissions test. The ACT is a subject-based achievement exam that measures skills and knowledge taught in school and deemed important for success in college. The ACT comprises tests in English, Science, Reading, Math and Writing. BMHS’s high school code for the ACT is 070698. Test dates and deadlines for registering for the ACT can be found on the ACT website:
    • AP – Advanced Placement tests are offered annually in May, as the culmination of academic preparation through various Advanced Placement courses available at Brien McMahon. Some colleges offer credit or advanced standing based upon strong performance on AP tests. More information can be found on the College Board website Registration begins in January through Guidance. Students may speak to their guidance counselor or AP teacher for additional information.
    •  The Science Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) is given tol sophomores in March. Teachers prepare students for the CAPT in their Science classes. Proficiency on the CAPT is one of the current graduation requirements.
    • The Smarter Balanced Assessment is given to all juniors in the spring.  The assessment includes reading, writing and mathematics standards.