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Reminder Notice Image Northwest High School is a test site for the November, December, March & June SAT (site 21-298).  When registering to test the Northwest CEEB code is 210-589.  Use this code for all high school college testing and college applications.

College Testing Information: 

 The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):

The TOEFL is an Internet-based Test (iBT) required by almost all U.S. colleges and universities for students whose principal or native language is not English. To confirm the TOEFL is required for your chosen college, students should contact the admissions office at that college. The test has four sections:  Reading, Listening, Speaking & Writing and takes approximately 4 1/2 hours to administer.  The TOEFL should be taken IN ADDITION to the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT. The registration forms and test preparation materials can be found online on the website www.ets.org/toefl.   Students may e-mail toefl@ets.org or call 1-877-863-3546 for more information.   To download the NWHS TOEFL Test Takers Guide, click here.  |web post July 2016|

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College Testing Fee Waiver Information:

Registration Fee Waivers for the ACT and SAT are available at NWHS for eligible students.  Reduced Voucher requests are available for eligible NW students interested in taking the TOEFL.

College testing fee waivers for the ACT, SAT and TOEFL (Test for non-native speakers of English) are available for students.  Application and Eligibility Requirements are available in the NWHS College/Career Information Center.  Download the NWHS College Testing Fee Waiver Application here.  Please note:  Acceptance of a college testing fee waiver is with the stipulation that the test taker will be present to take the test on test day. [Updated August 2015]

Students using Fee Waivers for the ACT and/or SAT should register before the regular registration deadline.  The Reduced Vouchers can reduce the cost of the TOEFL.  Registration fees are subject to change without notice.  Visit test web sites for current cost information.

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College Testing Prep Options:

 NWHS Paw Print College Test Prep offered as part of the MCPS High School Curriculum

This one-semester course (0.5 credit) is designed to improve student achievement on both the ACT and the SAT.  Students acquire knowledge related to the test formats and develop test-taking skills by taking practice tests.  This course is listed in the English and mathematics department sections in the course bulletin.  This course is free, but students must register for it during the normal course registration time.

NOTE: Registration for the SAT and/or the ACT exam is a separate process. College Test Prep courses do not include registration for official college tests. Although registration forms are available at high school College and Career Information Centers, students are strongly encouraged to register for the SAT online at www.collegeboard.com and for the ACT online at www.actstudent.org. Students with limited family incomes should see their College/Career Information Coordinator regarding eligibility for a standardized fee waiver.  See College Testing Registration Fee Waiver information above.

NWHS Paw PrintMontgomery College:    

The Montgomery College Workforce Development and Continuing Education Office offers SAT and ACT Prep courses which are conducted in various MCPS schools during the school year and at Montgomery College during the summer. The courses meet either after school, in the evening, or on Saturday mornings. These courses are designed to help students achieve scores that better reflect their knowledge and abilities by practicing with REAL college tests, teaching test formats, teaching test taking strategies, reviewing content and raising test taking confidence.

For Montgomery county residents, course cost, information on dates, locations and registration is available at www.montgomerycollege.edu/wdce/ce/satprep.html or a brochure can be obtained from any MCPS College and Career Center or the School Counseling Office.  Registration assistance and information can also be obtained by contacting 240-567-5188. Flyers advertising courses for the fall course offerings are mailed to the homes of rising juniors and seniors at the end of July. A second mailing advertising spring course offerings will occur in early December.   

NWHS Paw Print Additional college test prep resources:

  • Test prep is available for the SAT.  Hard copy SAT Prep Booklets are expected to be available in your College/Career Information Center mid-September of each school year.  Online SAT test prep includes:
    • Question of the Day
    • Sample Practice Questions (math, reading, writing, and the SAT subject tests)
    • A Free Practice Test
     
  • Test prep is available for the ACT that includes:
    • ACT question of the day
    • Preparing for the ACT prep booklet (PDF).  Includes test information, complete practice tests with scoring keys, and a writing prompt with sample essays.  The Preparing the the ACT booklet is expected to be available in your College/Career Information Center mid-September of each school year.
    • Practice questions
    • Test Tips
    • Test directions
     
  • Free PSAT test Prep is available on the College Board web site.   Click here.
  • March2Sucess.com offers prep for the ASVAB Career Exploration Test, the SAT and the ACT.

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