College Admissions Testing
CRMS is an ACT and SAT testing center. Sophomores are required to take the PSAT on the national test date each fall. All juniors take the PSAT, SAT, ACT and a set of Subject Tests if needed during the course of that year. Seniors are strongly encouraged to retake the SAT or the ACT and Subject Tests during fall testing dates.
The PSAT is given annually to all CRMS freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Students are automatically registered for this exam, which will be given on a Wednesday in early November. Score reports and test booklets will be returned to students in January. For juniors, it is the mechanism for entry into the National Merit Scholarship program.
SAT REASONING TEST (formerly known as the SAT I)
While high school grades are a very useful indicator of how students will perform in college, there is great variation in grading standards and course rigor within and across high schools. More than 80 years ago the College Board created the first standardized college entrance test to help colleges and universities identify students who could succeed at their institutions and to connect students with educational opportunities beyond high school.
Today, the SAT Reasoning Test is the benchmark standardized assessment of the critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills students have developed over time and that they need to be successful in college. Each year, more than two million students take the SAT. Nearly every college in America uses the test as a common and objective scale for evaluating a student's college readiness.
SAT SUBJECT TESTS (formerly known as the SAT II's)
These are 60-minute multiple-choice exams designed to measure knowledge and skills in particular subject areas. Students take the Subject Tests to demonstrate to colleges their mastery of specific subjects like English, history, mathematics, science, and language. The tests are independent of any particular textbook or method of instruction.
Many selective colleges use the Subject Tests. In combination with other background information (the student’s high school record, scores from other tests like the SAT Reasoning Test, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a measure of academic achievement and are a predictor of future performance. Some colleges specify the Subject Tests they require for admission (e.g., University of California requires Math Level II and one other); others allow students to choose which tests to take.
If Subject Tests are required (and at most schools they are not!), students should take them at the conclusion of a related course (e.g., US History). They are only 60 minutes long and you can take up to three on the same day. You cannot take the SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Tests on the same SAT date. To access additional SAT information, please go to the College Board website
The ACT Assessment is a standardized college admissions test battery that is accepted at colleges and universities as an alternative to the SAT. The ACT has recently overtaken the SAT as the most popular college admissions exam by a margin of a few thousand students. The ACT test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. To access additional ACT information, please go to their website
The Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) is for students whose native language is not English. It is often submitted in addition to the SAT or ACT. Katie Hyman, Director of the International Program, facilitates the registration and transportation of CRMS students for these tests.
SAT Test Prep Options
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CRMS provides to all juniors 6 sessions with a Princeton Review certified instructor in the spring.
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This organization keeps a complete list of all schools that do not require standardized tests for admission to college.