Cathedral Preparatory School
Villa Maria Academy

Standardized Tests

All students in Grade 9 take the PSAT 8/9. According to CollegeBoard this test is:  to establish a starting point in terms of college and career readiness as students transition to high school.The PSAT 8/9 is highly relevant to your future success and focuses on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. It measures:
-What you learn in school
-What you need to succeed in college

A Pre-ACT test is administered to all students in Grade 10. It measures basic academic development and helps identify career interests. Students meet with their counselor to receive a copy of the score report, review the scores, and discuss career information.

PSAT tests are administered to students in Grade 11. The skills tested on the PSAT/NMSQT are the skills needed in college. The PSAT compares academic skills with those of other college-bound students. Students meet with their counselor and review the PSAT score report.

Test preparation for students is provided through inclusion in curriculum as well a variety of online sources.


Students are encouraged to take the ACT and/or the SAT in the spring of their junior year. Students should meet with their school counselor if they have questions about the tests.

Information, study tips, sample test questions and test dates can be found a the following links: