Participating in Advanced Placement (AP) courses and taking the corresponding AP exams can help students stand out during the college admissions process, as well as, help them be well-prepared to succeed in college. The College Board maintains an AP Credit Policy database to help students research specific college and university AP Score for Credit and Placement Guidelines. The high schools in GCISD offer a variety of AP courses and in 2017 1,881 of our students took 4,975 AP Exams in 31 different subjects.The ACT is a college entrance exam that includes sections for four skill areas: English, Math, Reading, Science. A score of up to 36 is reported for each skill area, as well as, for an overall composite score. ACT and Kaplan offer free streaming events to help students prepare for the test; students can sign up to receive reminder emails about upcoming online events, as well as, learn more about registration dates, what to expect, and processes on the ACT website.
In March of 2016, the College Board debuted a newly updated SAT which is a college entrance exam. Along with changes to test content and structure, how scores are reported also changed. The new SAT scores are the sum of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Score and the Math Score for a maximum total of 1600. The College Board determines when and where the SAT will be given; please visit the SAT Website for registration dates, procedures, calculator policies, and score delivery dates. Preparing to take the SAT? The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy so that you can practice anytime, anywhere, and for free.
- ACT Registration Information and Test Date Schedule is linked here.
- Class of 2017 ACT Results for GCISD with a Multi-Year History
The PSAT/NMSQT is given each year in October. New in 2016, GCISD tests all 9th, 10th, and 11th graders with the PSAT at school. All 8th graders, as well as, 7th grade ASPIRE studens will take the PSAT 8/9. The PSAT/NMSQT score from a student's junior year is used for National Merit Scholarship Program consideration. Students can prepare for the PSAT by using the free, personalized assistance available through the College Board's partnership with Khan Academy.In October of 2015, the College Board debuted a revised PSAT that has greater alignment to the SAT which allows students and educators to more accurately monitor student progress towards college readiness from year to year. Taking the PSAT also provides students with AP Potential information to help them select Advanced Placement courses for the upcoming school year.
- The SAT Test Date Schedule is linked here.
- The Class of 2017 Average SAT Score was 1159 out of 1600.
- The average section score for Evidence Based Reading and Writing was 587.
- The average section score for Math was 572.
- Class of 2016 SAT Results for GCISD with a Multi-Year History with results reported in three sections that are each worth up to 800 for a total score maximum possible of 2400.
- The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 8/9 will be given on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017.
- Please check College Board PSAT Website for more information on when to expect your scores and how to access them, as well as, using your results to help map out a plan for college readiness.
Students should also visit the College Board website to create a student account. This account is for SAT, AP, and PSAT/NMSQT and allows students to access their AP and SAT scores online, as well as, send those scores to colleges. Students can also register for the SAT, print SAT Admission Tickets, and search for scholarships.