Most USA colleges/military programs require an entrance exam in order to gain admission. For military enlistment, the ASVAB will be your required test. For community colleges, the COMPASS, ACT or SAT is sufficient. For colleges and university, this requirement can be met by taking the ACT or the SAT. For many schools, there are scores that you must receive in order to gain admission, be admitted into a certain program, or earn scholarships. The higher the score, the more opportunities you have. For both tests, you will need to provide your high school CEEB code.

Chiang Mai International School's CEEB code is


The highest possible score you can earn on the SAT is 1600 points. To get this score, you have to get a perfect 800 on each of the two sections: Math, and Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW).

These scores are then totaled to give you a composite score of 1600. (Note that the SAT Essay is optional, so even if you take it, this score will not be factored into your final composite score. You could, therefore, technically get a very low essay score but still net a perfect 1600!)

A perfect SAT score is incredibly rare. According to the College Board's most recent total group report, approximately 1.7 million students took the SAT in 2017. Of these, just 5% (about 84,806 students) scored between 1400 and 1600. Clearly, very few people scored above 1400 alone!

To register for the SAT test, go online to http://sat.collegeboard.org/register .

ACT: This test is comprised of 4 possibly 5 subtests: English, Math, Reading, and Science. Writing is an optional subtest. Check with your colleges and/or unversities to determine if you need to take the writing portion of the test. The highest score you can receive is a 36 on the ACT. To register for the ACT test, go online to: www.actstudent.org/start

PSAT INFORMATION for 10th and 11th graders:

What is the PSAT and why is it important?

The PSAT won’t count towards your college admissions applications, but it is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. Some of the highest scoring students may win scholarship money, so while you shouldn’t stress out about the PSAT, you certainly shouldn’t ignore it either. Use the PSAT as practice for the SAT and ACT and an important guidepost on your college admissions journey.

The difference between the SAT and the PSAT?

The PSAT doesn't have an essay, and it's shorter – other than that, both tests are exactly the same. ... Functionally, they're different because the SAT can be used for college admissions, while the PSAT cannot, and the PSAT can be used to put you in the running for a National Merit scholarship, whereas the SAT cannot.

When is the PSAT?

The PSAT is offered nationally every year in October. Ask your school counselor about when your class is scheduled to take the PSAT. View upcoming PSAT test dates.

What does the PSAT test?

The PSAT has two sections: Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. You’ll encounter passage-based questions—sometimes accompanied by tables, graphs, and charts—and math problems drawing upon algebra, geometry, and a little trig.

Learn about the 2015 changes to the PSAT.

How is the PSAT scored?

Each section is scored on a scale of 160–760, making a “perfect” score 1520. There are also test scores, cross-test scores, and subscores. Find out more about PSAT scoring.

How do I register for the PSAT?

Check with a counselor at your school or at a school in your community to sign up.

How should I prepare for the PSAT?

The PSAT and SAT tests are almost identical: the PSAT is 15 minutes shorter, does not include an essay, and has a slightly different scoring scale. By prepping for the SAT, you are prepping for both tests! For a limited time, get our PSAT prep (a $299 value) for free when you enroll in a comprehensive SAT course or tutoring program. Learn more today.

PSAT/NMSQT is a registered trademark of the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

PSAT Quick Facts

Frequency - 1 time/year

Duration - 2 hours, 45 minutes

Sections - Math, Evidence-Based Reading & Writing

Cost - Fees are paid by schools

Max. Score - 1520