Academics

Standardized Testing Information

Standardized testing can be an essential part of the college application process, with many colleges and universities requiring at least one form of standardized testing. Students should talk with his or her college counselor about an individualized testing plan prior to registering for any test. As a general guideline, we recommend that students take the SAT or ACT in the winter and/or spring of their fifth form year. Sixth formers will have the opportunity to retest in the summer and fall of sixth form year based on their individual needs.
 
Click on the links below to learn more about the different standardized tests. You will also find a comprehensive list of all available test dates and testing reminders on this page. If you have additional questions or concerns regarding testing, please contact Assistant Director of College Counseling and Testing Coordinator Jade Johnson at 610-705-1037 or jjohnson@thehill.org. Mrs. Johnson's fax number is 610-705-1763.

1. PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)

  • This test is administered to all fourth and fifth form students and serves as preparation for the SAT Reasoning test; it can be an early indicator of potential results on standardized tests. The test is modeled after the SAT and includes three sections: Reading, Writing and Language, and Math.
     
  • In the fifth form, the test results identify those students who qualify for National Merit Scholarship consideration.
     
  • The PSAT/NMSQT test is given only in October, and every student is automatically registered by Mrs. Johnson to take it. A nominal fee is billed to a student's Hill School account. Paper scores are given to the students in late December; students also will receive an email from the College Board when their scores are available online.
     
  • PSAT/NMSQT test results can assist in designing a test preparation plan for the SAT test as they help students identify strengths as well as areas that need improvement.

2. SAT Reasoning Test with Essay

  • The SAT is a three-hour exam plus a 50-minute optional essay. The test is broken down into three sections: Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EBRW), Math, and an optional essay. We recommend students take the test with the optional essay to avoid having to retest based on college requirements; it is not possible to retest taking only the essay section.
     
  • The Hill School administers the SAT Reasoning Test six times each year. The test also is given at other locations throughout the country and abroad on additional dates. During the academic year we ask that students test at Hill unless there is an extenuating circumstance.
     
  • It is the student's responsibility to register online. Your college counselor is here to assist you, but does not register you for the test.

To learn more about the SAT and register for an exam visit:
www.collegeboard.com 
CEEB CODE: 394080
Test Center: 39594

3. ACT Plus Writing

  • The ACT contains five separate sections: English, Math, Reading, Science, and an optional essay.
     
  • The ACT is an alternative to the SAT and is accepted by all colleges and universities.
     
  • We recommend that students take the ACT plus Writing. Most colleges will require the writing section and it is not possible to retest taking only the essay section.
     
  • The Hill School administers the ACT three times each year. The test also is given at other locations throughout the country and abroad on additional dates. During the academic year we ask that students test at Hill unless there is an extenuating circumstance.
     
  • It is the student's responsibility to register online. Your college counselor is here to assist you, but does not register you for the test.

To learn more about the ACT and register for an exam visit:
www.actstudent.org 
CEEB CODE: 394080
Test Center: 185650

4. SAT Subject Tests

  • The SAT Subject Tests are one-hour long multiple-choice assessments available in multiple content areas. Students may take one, two, or three during one test administration and should choose based on a student's areas of strength. Subject tests are required at very few colleges and universities and recommended by some; requirements also may depend on specific programs.
     
  • It is best to take Subject Tests at the completion of the corresponding honors or AP course if you have earned a B+ or above.
     
  • More information regarding each subject test can be found on the College Board website referenced below. Students should speak with his or her college counselor regarding the appropriate timing of the test, as well as the teacher for advice on the student's potential results.
     
  • It is the student's responsibility to register online. Your college counselor is here to assist you, but does not register you for the test. 

To learn more about the SAT Subject Tests and register for any exams visit:
www.collegeboard.com 
CEEB CODE: 394080
Test Center: 39594

5. TOEFL Test

  • The TOEFL test measures the ability of non-native English speakers to use and understand English as it is read, written, heard, and spoken in the university classroom. Students may choose to test in their home country or here in the United States. If testing during the academic year, we ask that students choose a test site in the Philadelphia area. Students should speak with Mrs. Johnson ahead of time so she can help arrange transportation.
     
  • Score requirements are set by individual colleges and universities.
     
  • Students will receive a score from 0 to 30 for each section: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. The maximum score for the entire test is 120.
     
  • Scores are valid for two years after the test date. For the college process, this would mean scores from the summer before a student's fifth form year should be valid to submit to colleges.
     
  • It is the student's responsibility to register online. Your college counselor is here to assist you, but does not register you for the test.

To learn more about the TOEFL and register for the exam visit:
www.ets.org

Test Center: Your Home Country or Philadelphia

6. Advanced Placement (AP) Tests

  • Students considering taking any AP exams should talk with the individual teacher in his or her AP courses to determine if it is appropriate to take the exam.
     
  • Exam sign-ups and registration will be through the teacher and Mrs. Johnson before spring break.
     
  • Students' Hill School accounts will be billed for each AP test taken. The fee for each test is $94.
     
  • Please note that taking an AP exam without completion of the AP course is strongly discouraged.

7. Standardized Test Prep Options

Every year, the College Counseling Office is asked to recommend tutors for SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and ACT testing. Because preparing for standardized testing is a very individual decision based on many factors (learning style, costs, convenience, etc.) we do not recommend one tutoring service over another. However, given the residential nature of The Hill, it often is difficult for students to arrange for test prep on their own. To that end, we will continue our partnership with Kaplan Tutoring to provide classroom instruction on campus during the winter and spring terms as a fee based program. We also have partnered with Revolution Prep, a nationally known tutoring program which offers different online test prep options. 

In addition, Khan Academy offers free online tutorials for the SAT which students are strongly encouraged to use. 

Students should contact their college counselor by email or phone with any questions regarding test prep.

8. Accommodations and Fee Waivers

Accommodations: If a students believes he or she may qualify for accommodations for standardized testing (such as extended time, extra breaks, etc.), the student must see Mrs. Schlick at least two months prior to testing. Any accommodations a student receives must be in place in school prior to the test date. Please note that accommodations are granted by the testing agency (College Board or ACT) and not The Hill School. 

Fee Waivers: Students are to contact Mrs. Sue Rooney in the College Counseling Office to determine fee waiver eligibility. Mrs. Rooney can be reached at 610-705-1076 or srooney@thehill.org.

9. Test Options and Test Flexible Information

A number of colleges and universities have modified their standardized testing requirements to include the option of not reporting test scores (test optional) or to report a combination of test scores to satisfy the requirement (test flexible). FairTest is an organization which has compiled all of this information into one website for an easy reference for students and families. When students meet individually with their college counselor, we will discuss whether applying to a college or university under a test optional or test flexible policy makes sense for that individual student. Please visit www.fairtest.org for more information.

ACT and SAT Test Dates   

2018-19 ACT Test Dates & Registration Deadlines: Please note registration deadlines and score release dates may change at the discretion of the testing companies.  There is a 3-8 week window for ACT results.
 
Test Date Registration Deadline Late Reg. Deadline Online Score Release
September 8, 2018 August 10, 2018 August 26, 2018 September 18, 2018
October 27, 2018 September 28, 2018 October 14, 2018 November 6, 2018
December 8, 2018 November 2, 2018 November 19, 2018 December 18, 2018
February 9, 2019 January 11, 2019 January 18, 2019 February 19, 2019
April 13, 2019 March 8, 2019 March 20, 2019 April 23, 2019
June 8, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 20, 2019 June 18, 2019
2018-19 SAT & SAT Subject Test Dates & Registration Deadlines: Please note registration deadlines and score release dates may change at the discretion of the testing companies.
 
Test Date Registration Deadline Late Reg. Deadline Online Score Release
August 25, 2018 July 27, 2018 August 15, 2018 September 13, 2018
October 6, 2018 September 7, 2018 September 26, 2018 October 25, 2018
November 3, 2018 October 5, 2018 October 24, 2018 November 22, 2018
December 1, 2018 November 2, 2018 November 20, 2018 December 20, 2018
May 4, 2019 April 5, 2019 April 24, 2019 May 17, 2019
June 1, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 22, 2019 June 14, 2019

Third Form

  • Students, not parents, should be the ones to create and maintain their College Board account. Please do not establish multiple College Board accounts.
  • Keep your user name and password in a safe, secure place. You will need this information regularly throughout testing and your college process.
  • You will need a clear updated headshot photo for registration.
  • A valid credit card is necessary for payment.
  • Registration is complete when it is paid for and you have printed your admission ticket.
  • Please do not register for any off campus tests without speaking to Mrs. Schlick first.

It is very rare that a student would be prepared to take a subject test as a third former. The only testing a third form student should consider taking would be an SAT Subject test potentially in Calculus (if completed) or higher-level languages. Please check with the College Counseling Office and your classroom teacher of the specific subject to determine if the spring of third form year is an appropriate time for you to take SAT subject tests.

  • If appropriate, students should register for SAT Subject Tests in the spring or early summer following completion of the corresponding course.
  • It is your responsibility to register online. The College Counseling Office is here to assist you, but does not register you for the test.
  • To learn more about the SAT Subject Tests and register for any exams visit www.collegeboard.com | CEEB CODE: 394080 | Test Center: 39594

Fourth Form

  • Some fourth form students may already have a College Board account if they have previously taken SAT Subject tests.
  • Students, not parents, should be the ones to create and maintain their College Board account. Please do not establish multiple accounts.
  • Keep your username and password in a safe, secure place. You will need this information regularly throughout testing and your college process.
  • You will need a clear updated headshot photo for registration.
  • A valid credit card is necessary for payment.
  • Registration is complete when it is paid for and you have printed your admission ticket.
  • Please do not register for any off-campus tests without speaking to Mrs. Johnson first. 

1.  PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)

  • The PSAT/NMSQT test is given only in October, and every student is automatically registered by Mrs. Johnson to take it. 

2.  Advanced Placement tests (AP)

  • If you are taking an Advanced Placement course, sign-ups for the exam will be through your teacher and Mrs. Johnson before spring break.
  • Your Hill School account will be billed for each AP test taken. The fee for each test is $94.
  • Please note that taking an AP exam without completion of the AP course is strongly discouraged

3.  If appropriate, register for SAT Subject Tests in the spring or early summer following completion of the corresponding course. 

  • Please check with your college counselor and your classroom teacher of the specific subject to determine if it is appropriate for you to take any SAT subject tests.
  • It is your responsibility to register online. Your college counselor is here to assist you, but does not register you for the test. 
  • To learn more about the SAT Subject Tests and register for any exams visit www.collegeboard.com | CEEB CODE: 394080 | Test Center: 39594

Fifth Form

  • Students, not parents, should be the ones to create and maintain their College Board account. Some fifth formers will already have a College Board account. Please do not establish multiple accounts.
  • Keep your username and password in a safe, secure place. You will need this information regularly throughout testing and your college process.
  • You will need a clear updated headshot photo for registration.
  • A valid credit card is necessary for payment.
  • Registration is complete when it is paid for and you have printed your admission ticket.
  • Please do not register for any off-campus tests without speaking to Mrs. Schlick first. 

1.  PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)

  • The PSAT/NMSQT test is given only in October, and every fifth form student is automatically registered by Mrs. Johnson to take it. 

2.  Register for the SAT Reasoning Test and/or the ACT plus Writing beginning in the winter and/or spring of your fifth form year.

  • You will begin individual meetings with your college counselor in January. Testing needs vary from student to student and as we begin our individual meetings, we will discuss a testing schedule which makes the most sense for each student individually.
  • It is your responsibility to register online. It also is helpful to check your athletics schedule to avoid potential conflicts with any games. Your college counselor is here to assist you, but does not register you for the test.
  • To learn more about the SAT and register for an exam visit www.collegeboard.com | CEEB CODE: 394080 | Test Center: 39594
  • To learn more about the ACT and register for an exam visit www.actstudent.org | CEEB CODE: 394080Test Center: 185650

3.  If appropriate, register for SAT Subject Tests in the spring or early summer following completion of the corresponding course. 

  • Please check with your college counselor and your classroom teacher to determine whether you should take the subject tests which correspond to the appropriate classes.
  • It is your responsibility to register online. Your college counselor is here to assist you, but does not register you for the test.
  • To learn more about the SAT Subject Tests and register for any exams visit www.collegeboard.com CEEB CODE: 394080 | Test Center: 39594

4.  TOEFL Exam 

  •  All non-native English speakers are strongly encouraged to take the TOEFL exam in the summer prior to their fifth form year.
  •  Score requirements are set by individual colleges and universities.
  • It is your responsibility to register online and speak with Mrs. Johnson to arrange transportation to the test if you are taking it during the academic year.
  • To learn more about the TOEFL and register for an exam visit www.ets.org (test center:  your home country or Philadelphia) 

5. Advanced Placement test (AP)

  • If you are taking an Advanced Placement course, sign-ups for the exam will be through your teacher and Mrs. Johnson before spring break.
  • Your Hill School account will be billed for each AP test taken. The fee for each test is $94.
  • Please note that taking an AP exam without completion of the AP course is strongly discouraged.

Sixth Form

1. Register for the SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject tests or the ACT plus Writing in the fall term as needed.

  • As you discuss your potential college list with your college counselor, pay attention to deadlines as well as the last testing date from which an individual college will accept scores. When registering for tests, it is also helpful to check your athletics schedule to avoid potential conflicts with any games.
  • It is your responsibility to register online. Your college counselor is here to assist you, but does not register you for the test.
  • It is your responsibility to send your test scores directly from the testing agency to the colleges and universities to which you apply in order for them to be considered official scores. Your college counselor is here to assist you with this step of the process, but The Hill School does not send scores.
  • Registration is complete when it is paid for and you have printed your admission ticket.
  • Please do not register for any off-campus tests without speaking to Mrs. Johnson first.
  • The website for SAT and Subject Test registration is www.collegeboard.com CEEB CODE: 394080 | Test Center: 39594
  • The website for ACT registration is www.actstudent.org | CEEB CODE: 394080 | Test Center: 185650

2. TOEFL Test

  • All non-native English speakers are strongly encouraged to take the TOEFL exam in the summer prior to their fifth form year and at the very latest, fall of sixth form year.
  • Score requirements are set by individual colleges and universities.
  • It is your responsibility to send your test scores, directly from the testing agency to the colleges and universities to which you apply in order for them to be considered official scores. Your college counselor is here to assist you with this step of the process, but The Hill School does not send scores.
  • It is your responsibility to register online and talk with Mrs. Johnson to arrange transportation to the test if you are taking it during the academic year.
  • To learn more about the TOEFL and register for an exam visit: www.ets.org  (test center: your home country or Philadelphia)

3. Advanced Placement (AP) Test

  • If you are taking an Advanced Placement course, sign-ups for the exam will be through your teacher and Mrs. Johnson before spring break.
  •  Some colleges and universities may use AP exam results for placement in certain courses. Please talk with your college counselor when making the decision about which AP tests to take.
  • Your Hill School account will be billed for each AP test taken. The fee for each test is $94.
  • Please note that taking an AP exam without completion of the AP course is strongly discouraged