Student & Parent Handbook

Academic Procedures

Standardized Testing

Testing Program

At the high school, the testing program is coordinated by the Counseling Department and school administration. In addition to the tests listed, students will be exposed to career interest surveys and value inventories during their freshman and sophomore years as counselors meet with small groups to focus on career development and decision-making.

Test Dates by Grade

  • Grade 9:
    • Departmental Midterm Exams - January
    • Advanced Placement Exams (AP) - May
    • SAT Subject Tests - May/June
    • New York State Regents Exams - June
    • Departmental Final Exams - June
  • Grade 10:
    • Preliminary SAT (PSAT) - October
    • Departmental Midterm Exams - January
    • Advanced Placement Exams (AP) - May
    • Pre-ACT - May
    • SAT Subject Tests - May/June
    • New York State Regents Exams - June
    • Departmental Final Exams - June
  • Grade 11:
    • Preliminary SAT (PSAT) - October
    • Departmental Midterm Exams - January
    • SAT - March/May/June
    • ACT - April/June
    • Advanced Placement Exams (AP) - May
    • SAT Subject Tests - May/June
    • New York State Regents Exams - June
    • Departmental Final Exams - June
  • Grade 12:
    • SAT - October/November/December
    • SAT Subject Tests - October/November/December
    • ACT - October/December
    • Departmental Midterm Exams - January
    • Advanced Placement Exams (AP) - May

Test Descriptions

New York State Regents Exams: These are mandated comprehensive examinations in various subject areas prepared by a statewide committee of educators and administered to students in Regents courses.

AP Exams: Advanced Placement Exams are offered and graded by the College Board and are designed to evaluate a student’s level of achievement in course work designed by the College Board and college professors. EHS offers 18 Advanced Placement courses. Each May, a student is required to take the AP exam in each AP course in which he or she is enrolled. There is a fee for each exam.

College Admission Tests:

Most colleges require a standardized test for admission. Two options are available: the ACT and the SAT. Colleges view them equally and typically allow students to submit their preferred test scores. Please check with your Counselor to determine the best testing plan for you.

ACT: The ACT is a 3-hour test with 4 sections: English, mathematics, science reasoning, and reading. There is an optional Writing test, which students are encouraged to take.

SAT: The SAT is a 3-hour exam with 2 sections: Evidenced-Based Reading & Writing and Math (with both a calculator-permitted and a no-calculator section). Similar to the ACT, students are encouraged to take the optional Writing portion of the test.

SAT Subject Test: These 1-hour exams are available in 19 specific subject areas. Many of the more competitive colleges and universities require two or three subject tests for admission.

Pre-ACT: The Pre-ACT is a practice test that is a predictor of success on the ACT and predicts an estimated ACT score range. Only you, your parents, and your Counselor will see your scores, which will not be recorded on your transcript or sent to colleges. The Pre-ACT can help you become familiar with the kinds of questions and directions that will be on the ACT, identify strengths and weaknesses, and help you to decide the best method to prepare for the ACT.

PSAT: Similar to the Pre-ACT, the PSAT is a practice exam for the SAT. It covers the same subjects as the SAT and predicts your SAT score range. Only you, your parents, and your Counselor will see your scores, which will not be recorded on your transcript or sent to colleges. The PSAT can help you identify strengths and weaknesses, and help you to decide the best method to prepare for the SAT. The PSAT is also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship for juniors. If scores are high enough (typically within the top 2%), students may be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.

Registration for the PSAT and Pre-ACT is handled through the Counseling Office and tests are administered at EHS. Student must register online for the ACT, SAT, and Subject Tests. All test dates are listed on the district calendar. Not all ACT, SAT and Subject Tests are offered on all dates at Eastchester High School. Please check with your Counselor for the most current information.

Regents Examination Retakes

Eastchester High School believes students should strive for mastery. When a student retakes a Regents exam, the higher grade will be reflected on the student’s transcript. There will be no recalculation of a final course grade nor will there be any change in the student’s GPA. In the event a retake results in a lower grade, no notation will be made on the student’s record.