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LCM School Code = 445240

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Testing for College



  • The PSAT (Preliminary SAT) test is offered every October at LCMHS and is typically taken by sophomores and juniors.
  • The SAT and ACT tests are typically taken by juniors for the first time in the spring and seniors, again if needed, in the fall. They are not given at LCMHS.
  • The TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessments help determine college-readiness by testing over reading, writing, and arithmetic. It is given at LCMHS.
  • AP (Advanced Placement) tests are usually given in May. Scores on these AP tests determine how many college credits a student may be eligible for. They are given at LCMHS.
  • ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Abilities Battery) test is usually given in November (this school year on February 1, 2018) and helps sophomores, juniors, and seniors determine their vocational interests, which could be helpful for career planning. 


The PSAT Test measures reading, writing and language, and math skills developed over many years, both in and out of school. The fee is $16. Fee waivers are available for juniors who meet income guidelines. Scores are received usually in December or January and show potential success in AP courses and helpful advice about when to take the SAT. Juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) and meet program requirements may qualify for recognition and scholarships.  More information can be found at

Reasons to take the PSAT

The PSAT will be administered at LCM High School on Wednesday, October 11. Interested 10th and 11th grade students register to take the PSAT in the LCM High School counseling office for $16. (11th grade students who qualify for the free or reduced meal program may register for free.) Cash or checks are acceptable. If paying by check, the driver license of the person who signed the check MUST be included; make the check payable to LCM High School.  The deadline for the 2017 PSAT registration is 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 21.

PSAT Website

Fall 2017 Official Student Guide

Sample PSAT Questions, 2 Practice Tests, Personalized Study with Khan Academy

PSAT Prep Live (Kaplan) – Register for Free; Lessons start  Saturday, September 23. Schedule of topics on website.

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, students who pre-registered should report to their testing room before 8 a.m. Test will BEGIN at 8 a.m. Testing room rosters will be posted on Tuesday, October 10, in the front office foyer. The PSAT is administered just like the real SAT! COME PREPARED! 

Students SHOULD bring
(a) two sharpened WOODEN #2 pencils (no mechanical pencils); (b) a scientific or graphing calculator (the kind used in your math classes).  Students may check out a calculator from a math teacher or from the library the day before the PSAT. (c) a sweater or light jacket in case the testing room is cold during testing. (All bags, backpacks, and other belongings will be placed along the wall.)

Students SHOULD NOT bring (a) Mechanical pencils; (b) Highlighters; (c) Food or drinks

Once you have taken the PSAT, you can link the results to Khan Academy to get FREE personalized practice for the SAT. 


SAT and ACT Tests

Register for the SAT:
Register for the ACT:

Students eligible for free/reduced meals may take two free SAT tests and two free ACT tests. See your guidance counselor for a fee waiver.

College-bound juniors and seniors who wish to take the SAT or ACT college entrance exams can pick up registration and practice materials in the Counseling Office. The LCM School Code needed for registration for the SAT and ACT is 445240.

Seniors who have not yet taken their SAT or ACT exam or who wish to take the exam again should plan to take them in the early fall of their senior year in order to meet college admission deadlines. Juniors are encouraged to take their SAT or ACT for the first time beginning the spring semester of their junior year (January-June).


The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) Reasoning Test measures the critical thinking skills you will need for academic success in college. It is given seven times during the school year.

Starting in March 2016, the new SAT is scored on a 1600-point scale (math = 800; reading and writing = 800) rather than a 2400-point scale (each section = 800). The SAT consists of three parts: Critical Reading--sentence completion and questions based on reading passages; Mathematics--based on the first three years of high school math for college-bound students; and Writing--multiple choice questions and a written essay. The SAT is 3 hours and 45 minutes long. For information about the “new” SAT, visit

In March 2016, students started being able to choose to take the SAT without the essay. To see if a college you are interested in requires or recommends the essay, go to SAT Essay Policies of Colleges and Scholarship Providers

SAT registration and practice materials are available in the Counselors' Office.

Students eligible for free/reduced meals may take two free SAT tests and two free ACT tests. See your guidance counselor for a fee waiver.

The ACT contains multiple-choice tests in four areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science, and an optional Writing portion on the ACT Plus Writing. Scoring is on a 36-point scale with the maximum score on each section being 36 points, then the four parts are averaged together to get one composite score. The ACT is 3 hours and 25 minutes long. The ACT writing is a 30-minute essay.

You can see which colleges require, recommend, or do not need you to take the ACT Writing Test.

ACT registration and practice materials are available in the Counselors' Office.

Students eligible for free/reduced meals may take two free SAT tests and two free ACT tests. See your guidance counselor for a fee waiver.

Register for the SAT  Register for the ACT

2017-2018 SAT Test Dates



(+$29 late fee)

Release Dates
July 28, 2017 August 8, 2017 August 26, 2017 September 18-20, 2017
September 8, 2017 September 27, 2017 October 7, 2017 October 20-31, 2017
October 5, 2017 October 25, 2017 November 4, 2017 November 17-28, 2017
November 2, 2017 November 21, 2017 December 2, 2017 December 15-21, 2017
February 9, 2018 February 28, 2018 March 10, 2018 March 23-April 3, 2018
April 6, 2018 April 25, 2018 May 5, 2018 May 18-29, 2018
May 3, 2018 May 23, 2018 June 2, 2018 July 11, 2018


2017-2018 ACT Test Dates


(+$29.50 late fee)

Release Dates

(without writing -
with writing)

August 4, 2017

August 18, 2017

September 9, 2017 September 19, 2017-
November 3, 2017

September 22, 2017

October 6, 2017

October 28, 2017 November 14, 2017-
January 2, 2018

November 3, 2017

November 17, 2017

December 9, 2017 December 19, 2017-
February 2, 2018

January 12, 2018

January 19, 2018

February 10, 2018 February 21, 2018-
April 6, 2018

March 9, 2018

March 23, 2018

April 14, 2018 April 24, 2018-
June 8, 2018

May 4, 2018

May 18, 2018

June 9, 2018 June 19, 2018-
August 3, 2018
June 15, 2018 June 22, 2018 July 14, 2018 July 24, 2018-
August 27, 2018


TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessment

The TSI Assessment (TSIA) is part of the Texas Success Initiative program designed to help a college or university determine if students are ready for college-level course work in the general areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. This program also will help determine what type of course or intervention will best meet each student's needs to help each become better prepared for college-level course work if not ready. Incoming college students in Texas are required to take the TSI Assessment — unless already exempt — to determine  readiness for college-level work. 

Review Exercises / Practice TSI Tests:


Scores on the TSI Assessment determine if a student is ready to take college-level courses. If college ready, a student may enroll in any related entry-level college course without having to take developmental courses or interventions.
Interpreting What Your TSI Scores Mean


TSI Scores

Students are EXEMPT from individual areas
of TSI testing
if any ONE of the following is met:


* SAT March 2016 or after: Reading & Writing (EBRW) of 480
* ACT:  Composite 23 with English 19
* College Course: Earn a C or better in a college course requiring Reading (through dual-enrollment)


* SAT March 2016 or after: Math 530
* ACT: Composite 23 with Math 19

* College Course: Earn a C or better in a college course requiring Math (through dual-enrollment)

A 4+ on the essay and a 340+ on the multiple-choice
if below a 340 on the multiple-choice,
a 5+ on the essay and 
a 4+ on ABE Diagnostic

* SAT March 2016 or after: Reading & Writing (EBRW) of 480
* ACT: Composite 23 with English 19
* College Course: Earn a C or better in a college course requiring Writing (through dual-enrollment)


AP (Advanced Placement) Tests - College Course Equivalents
LCMHS offers the following AP tests in the spring: Calculus AB, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Music Theory, Statistics, and U.S. Government and Politics. College Board AP Website

In 2015 the Texas Legislature passed a law (HB 1992) that affects the way that public colleges and universities award credit for AP tests.  The intent was to increase access to college credit and improve retention and graduation rates for students across the state by requiring credit for AP scores of 3 or higher. These changes began with credit claimed in Summer 2016.  If students petition to claim the credit after May 1, the new courses and score requirements will apply.

Find colleges and universities that offer credit or placement for AP scores. Check each college or university's website for their current AP credit policy.

Students should consult their college academic advisor for advice on the number of credits that can be used in their degree program to avoid excessive credit accumulation.

Registration for May AP tests runs from mid February to late March in the Counselors Office. For Spring 2018, students must pay $94 ($29 if on free/reduced lunch) for each test at the time of registration. Payment can be cash or check (must include the drivers license of the person who signed the check). 

2017-2018 Dates
Most tests will begin at 8 a.m. (other than Statistics)

May 9, 2018 AP English Literature and Composition (English 4)
May 10, 2018 AP U.S. Government & Politics
May 14, 2018 AP Music Theory
May 15, 2018 AP Calculus AB
May 16, 2018 AP English Language and Composition (English 3)
May 17, 2018 AP Statistics (starts at noon)




The Armed Services Vocational Abilities Battery, or ASVAB (paper/pencil version), will be offered at LCM High School on Thursday, February 1, 2018. The ASVAB is a FREE test for sophomores, juniors, and seniors to help students determine their vocational and career interests. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are interested in taking the ASVAB for military purposes may also do so on this date. 

Interested students must sign up in the Counseling Office by Friday, January 26, 2018. The results from the test can be imported into the ASVAB Career Exploration Program, which can help students find out how interests and skills relate to the demands of more than 400 occupations.


Participation in the ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP) is voluntary. Testers are under no obligation to speak with a recruiter or enlist in the Armed Forces.

The ASVAB CEP is made up of three components:

  • ASVAB: The aptitude test estimates your performance in academic and vocational endeavors.
  • FYI: The interest inventory measures your work-related interests.
  • OCCU-Find: A career catalog provides activities to help you put a plan together.

Once the school receives the student results, an ASVAB CEP representative will interpret the results and help students to understand how their skills, interests, and values will assist them as they plan for college and their future in the world of work.


Students gain access to exclusive career exploration tools after they receive their scores. Then, they can independently explore any careers that interest them, including those found in the Military.

ASVAB Career Exploration Program Fact Sheet

Try some sample online ASVAB Questions (Under Testing Resources at the bottom of the page)

ASVAB Practice Test Online


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