Students who are thinking about attending a 4-year college or university directly after high school should take the PSAT/NMSQT, the SAT and/or the ACT.


The PSAT is a practice test for the SAT and is also the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) for 11th grade students.

  • WHEN? The PSAT is given at Capital High School generally in October. Watch for the posters around the school.
  • WHO? 11th grade students are given first priority for the test. If there is space available then the test will be opened up to 10th grade students.
  • PAYMENT/REGISTRATION? Payment and registration for the PSAT can be done at the ASB office.
  • QUESTIONS? Contact Joel Komschlies at 596-8020 or at

View Powerpoint presentation here: Prepare for the PSAT



Registration for the SAT and the ACT is done through an on-line registration system.

Capital’s CEEB Code, is 480829.  It is important to use this code when registering for college tests so your scores will be sent to Capital.

  • ACT Test Dates
  • SAT Test Dates
    04-15-2020 Test Date Update: 
    As the College Board responds to the impact of the Coronavirus, our top priorities are the health and safety of students.

    Right now, public health officials have made it clear it's not safe to gather students in one place. Many states have closed their schools for the rest of the academic year, and globally there are widespread school closures across 192 countries. As such, we won't be able to administer the SAT® and SAT Subject Tests™ as planned on June 6, 2020.

    We'll ensure that students have opportunities to take the SAT to make up for this spring's lost administrations. If it's safe from a public health standpoint, we'll provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September, in addition to the previously scheduled tests.

    As a rising senior in the class of 2021 who hasn't yet taken the SAT, you will have early access to registration for the August, September, and October administrations. You'll be notified by email in May when registration opens. Eligible students will be able to take the exam with a fee waiver.

    In the unlikely event that schools don't reopen this fall, the College Board will provide a digital SAT for home use, much as we’re delivering digital exams for three million Advanced Placement® students this spring. As we're doing with at-home AP® Exams, we would ensure that at-home SAT testing is simple; secure and fair; accessible to all; and valid for use in college admissions.

    We're committed to giving students as many chances as we can to show their strengths to admissions officers. As we navigate this evolving situation, we're working closely with our partners in higher education to ensure students have what they need as they continue on the path to college.

    We'll regularly update our website with new information. Thank you for your understanding. Our thoughts are with you during this unprecedented time.


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Because students are likely to perform better on one of the two major college entrance tests, one strategy is to take both the SAT and the ACT in the spring of the junior year, and then take one of the tests again in the fall of the senior year. Look at the test schedule well ahead of time to avoid paying late fees. Students who meet eligibility guidelines may qualify for a fee waiver. (ACT fee waiver, SAT fee waiver.)  See your counselor to request a fee waiver.



Check out these websites for test-prep information. We also have test-prep books for you to borrow from the Career Center:


Local companies are also available for tutoring for a fee.