PSAT: The PSAT (Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a co-sponsored program by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.

The PSAT is offered at Gunn once each fall for juniors. In past years, sophomores were also encouraged to take the test if they wanted to have a practice test-taking experience. Starting in 2009, Gunn offered the test only to juniors, and held alternate programs for other grades.

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SAT: The SAT Reasoning Test is widely used by colleges and universities admissions. It tests students' knowledge of subjects that are necessary for college success: reading, writing, and mathematics. The SAT assesses the critical thinking skills students need for academic success in college—skills that students learned in high school. The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. It is offered at Gunn and other places in the bay area several times each year. For more information visit


SAT Subject Tests (formerly known as SAT II Tests): Many colleges use the Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Some colleges specify the Subject Tests that they require for admission or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take. The UCs currently require two SAT Subject Tests of a student's choice; starting with the high school graduating class of 2012, SAT Subject Tests will no longer be required for the UCs.

Subject Tests are offered at Gunn several times each year. They are usually taken by juniors and seniors after they have completed the appropriate courses. Sophomores also may want to take a Subject Test if they have completed an advanced course. For more information visit


The ACT: The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in:
English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 30-minute Writing Test. ACT results are accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S.

The ACT multiple-choice tests are curriculum based. The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. Instead, the questions on the ACT are directly related to what you have learned in your high school courses in the four subject areas. Because the ACT tests are based on what is taught in the high school curriculum, some students are more comfortable with the ACT than they are with traditional aptitude tests or tests with narrower content.

The ACT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. It is offered at Gunn and other places in the bay area several times each year. For more information visit


AP Tests: Through AP's college-level courses and exams, students can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admissions process, and learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated, and inspiring teachers in the world. AP Tests are offered at Gunn every May and are typically taken by juniors and seniors at the end of the AP class. For more information visit