College Entrance, Exams, & Prep

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Grade Levels Tested: 10th -12th grade

Required Test to Graduate: No

College Entrance Exam: Yes, score used for admissions and scholarships

Test Preparation:

  • See LNHS “Pre-testing Aids” below, to visit page links for practice tests
  • ACT Test Prep Booklet available in the LNHS Career Center  visit their website.  It is a free student preparation booklet and includes test information, complete practice tests with scoring keys, and a writing prompt. The booklet can be viewed and downloaded on The ACT Student Test Prep website.

Test Registration:

Lakeville North High School Code: #241 325

Test Results: Mailed to student by ACT (approx. 1 month, early results available online)

Description: The ACT college entrance test is available for all students in grades 10-12, but commonly taken the junior year in high school. It is considered the “universal college entrance exam” throughout the Midwest area and a curriculum-based test. Students may take this test several times and continue to improve their scores, typically up through the fall of their senior high school year. Students register for this test through the ACT web site. This test is taken at a designated high school, and it assesses students in reading, math, English and science reasoning. Testing Dates:


Test Date Deadline Late Deadline Score Release*
9-Sep-17 28-Jul-17 11-Aug-17 Sept 10; Oct 3, 2017
28-Oct-17 22-Sep-17 6-Oct-17 Nov 7; Nov 21, 2017
9-Dec-17 3-Nov-17 17-Nov-17 Dec 19; Jan 2, 2018
10-Feb-18 5-Jan-18 19-Jan-18 Feb 20; Mar 6, 2018
14-Apr-18 9-Mar-18 23-Mar-18 Apr 24; May 8, 2018
9-Jun-18 4-May-18 18-May-18 June 19; July 3, 2018
14-Jul-18 8-Jun-18 June 22, 2018 July 24; August 7, 2018


PSAT (Preliminary SAT/Nat’l Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)

Grade Levels Tested:  10th & 11th grade Required Test to Graduate: No College Entrance Exam: No Test Preparation:  Collegeboard.orgPSAT Practice Test Test Registration: Available in Sept/Oct at LNHS Test Results: Mailed to students from College Board mid summer Description:  The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States. Sophomore students may take the test as a pre-SAT test for testing experience taking the SAT their junior year. Junior students may take this test and their score is used to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program. Test Date:    October 11, 2017


SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test -SAT & SAT Subject Tests)

Grade Levels Tested: 10th- 12th grade Required Test to Graduate: No College Entrance Exam: Yes, score usually used for admission to coastal colleges and universities Test Preparations: See LNHS “Pre-testing Aids”, “Testing & Assessments” page links for practice tests, or  Prep Booklet in the LNHS Career Center Test Registration: Lakeville North High School Code: #241 325 Test Results: Mailed to students by College Board (approx. 2 months) Description: The SAT college entrance test is taken by students before entering a college or university that is typically located outside of the Midwest area. Students should check with their intended college for entrance exam testing requirements. This test measures critical thinking, analyzing problems in math, reading, and writing. Students sign up for this test through College Board. The SAT Subject tests measure a particular academic subject and how well the student can apply that knowledge. These tests consist of five subjects: English, history, math, sciences, and languages. They help colleges to compare the academic achievement of students from different schools where course preparation and academic backgrounds vary. Some colleges require 2 or more subject test scores to be submitted with applications. Students should check individual college admission requirements.

Test Dates & Times:

Test Date Normal Deadline Late Registration* Online Score Release
26-Aug-17 28-Jul-17 15-Aug-17 14-Sep-17
7-Oct-17 8-Sep-17 22-Sep-17 27-Oct-17
4-Nov-17 6-Oct-17 20-Oct-17 23-Nov-17
2-Dec-17 3-Nov-17 17-Nov-17 21-Dec-17
March 10, 2018** 9-Feb-18 23-Feb-18 29-Mar-18
5-May-18 6-Apr-18 20-Apr-18 24-May-18
2-Jun-18 4-May-18 18-May-18 21-Jun-18



PREP:   ACT/SAT College Exam Pre-Testing Aids


Minnesota Career Information Systems (MCIS)

MCIS establishes personal students’ portfolios. MCIS create students’ own personal high school career class plans, college search information, free practice college testing and prep assistance, scholarships available, and more!  If students have not established their own accounts, come to the LNHS Career Center for their account information.



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