Standardized Testing - AP & PSAT


  • Take the first step on the road to college. Don’t miss the PSAT/NMSQT®. Each year in October, all tenth graders at Oak Grove will take the PSAT for FREE. All college bound juniors should also take the PSAT to be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.

  • An important first step on the road to college, the PSAT/NMSQT prepares you for the SAT® and is the perfect way to take the next step to college.

  • Four things the PSAT/NMSQT helps you do to get ready for college:

  • Access scholarships By taking the PSAT/NMSQT® and meeting other requirements, you may have the opportunity to compete for recognition and scholarships through the National Merit® Scholarship Program. ( Juniors Only )

  • It also connects you with other scholarship partners. Be sure to say “yes” to Student Search Service® on the day of the test to make it easy for them to find you.

  • Prep for the SAT® for free Taking the PSAT/NMSQT is great practice for the SAT and for college. Get familiar with the test format and access free, personalized SAT practice from Khan Academy®. ?

  • Connect to AP® courses Your score report will show AP® courses that are a great match for you. AP can give you an edge in the admission process, and an opportunity to earn college credit while in high school, allowing you to save money, study abroad, or take on a second major.

  • To access your PSAT scores, please go to the collegeboard's website https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/home, create your account, and login.

Stand Out in College Admissions

Deciding to take an AP course lets colleges and universities know that you have what it takes to succeed in an undergraduate environment. When admissions officers see “AP” on your transcript, they know that what you experienced in a particular class has prepared you well for the challenges of college. Taking AP is a sign that you’re up for the most rigorous classes your high school has to offer.

Earn College Credits

By taking an AP course and scoring successfully on the related AP Exam, you can save on college expenses: most colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement, or both, for qualifying AP Exam scores. These credits can allow students to save college tuition, study abroad, or secure a second major. AP can transform what once seemed unattainable into something within reach.

Check out specific colleges’ guidelines on accepting AP scores for credit and placement by searching our AP Credit Policy database.

Skip Introductory Classes

If you already know your preferred college major, taking a related AP course and earning a qualifying score on the AP Exam can help you advance and avoid required introductory courses – so you can move directly into upper-level classes and focus on the work that interests you most.

Even taking an AP Exam unrelated to your major – whether or not you know what you want to major in – can place you beyond your college’s general education requirements. This opens up additional time on your schedule, enabling you to do a second major or minor, take exciting electives, or pursue additional interests.

Build College Skills

Taking an AP course builds the skills you'll need throughout your college years. You give your mind a rigorous workout while polishing up your time management and study skills. You also get better at handling challenging issues and problems, with the support of your AP teachers. AP courses let you know what to expect during the next phase of your educational journey, and help you build the confidence to succeed.