Standardized Testing


College Board (SAT) & ACT are introducing some important changes to SAT  & ACT Testing Policies and Procedures. 
Students must present an acceptable ID and admission ticket to be admitted for testing and Standby test takers will not be admitted.  For more information regarding these changes please see the guidance bulletin board outside of the cafeteria or visit the  College Board (SAT) or ACT Websites.
SAT website  –
ACT website  –

Suggested Standardized Testing Timeline for 11th and 12th Grade

SAT / ACT Test Prep Resources:

PSAT (practice SAT test taken during junior year) results and practice booklet
PLAN (practice ACT test taken during sophomore year) results and practice booklet
AT Prep course at GMHS – .5 credit course typically offered during terms 2 and 4
Sylvan Learning Center & Gannon – SAT prep classes for a fee
SAT registration and test prep materials
Free online test prep
Classes and online programs for a fee
New York Times online SAT question of the day

SAT Reasoning Test

The SAT Reasoning Test is a college entrance exam that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities. It is required by many colleges in the eastern part of the United States and is used along with high school records in predicting a student’s ability to be successful at the college level.

SAT Subject Tests/SAT II

The SAT Subject exams are achievement tests that measure specific areas of study. The more compettive colleges require SAT II tests. The specific tests to be taken should be selected on the basis of scholastic achievement, the anticipated college major, and the requirements of the college to which the student plans to apply. The SAT Subject application packet is included in the SAT Reasoning test application packet available in the guidance office. A student cannot take the SAT II test on the same date he/she is scheduled to take the SAT I test.

For more information on the SAT please ask your Guidance Counselor or visit  Juniors should take the SAT or ACT at least one time 2nd semester of their junior year during any of the months in which it is offered.


The ACT is also a college entrance exam used instead of the SAT The ACT measures math, reading, English, and science. *Registration booklets and information for college board tests are available in the Guidance Department. Test information can also be found at and 

Juniors should take the SAT or ACT at least one time 2nd semester of their junior year during any of the months in which it is offered.


The PSSA is a standardized test that is administered to all PA public schools. The test covers reading, math, and writing content and helps schools to determine how well students are learning at certain grade levels. Students are identified as Advanced, Proficient, Basic, or Below Basic in each of the three content areas. From there, we can then identify where the student may need additional help. The state requires that students demonstrate proficiency in both reading and math on order to graduate.