Testing: College Entrance/Preparation
Our CEEB Code is 320038. You will be asked for this code when registering for the ACT, SAT, and other standardized tests, and on some college or scholarship applications.
ACT vs SAT
While many colleges/universities will post either the minimum ACT or SAT scores that students need to have for admissions, the majority of these schools will accept either score.
Students can opt to have their scores sent automatically to the college(s) of their choice when they sign up to take the ACT or SAT or they can wait to get the scores and then send them to the college(s). Keep in mind if you wait and send them after the scores are released, there is a fee associated with sending them.
We recommend that students plan to take their ACT or SAT in the spring of their junior year. All schools across the nation accept either the ACT or SAT so it is your choice which one you want to take. You will need to sign up on your own. If you are on Free or Reduced Price Lunch you can get a fee waiver from the Counseling Office.
Practice ACT (Administered by PTA)
Each fall and spring, the LCHS PTA offers a Practice SAT and Teachback. This exam is normed for 10th and 11th grade students and is a great practice for taking a standardized exam. The PTA will send out more information before each event.
PSAT/NMSQT (Practice exam for SAT and National Merit Semi-Finalist Qualifying Exam)
The PSAT/NMSQT exam is offered every fall. Juniors who take the exam and score in the top 1% of the students in New Mexico will earn the designation of National Merit Semi-Finalist. This designation is used to award scholarships at many universities throughout the United States. Semi-Finalists then have the opportunity during their Senior year to compete for Finalist designation which can mean even more scholarship opportunities.
AP Exams are given at the end of each academic year. Students enrolled in an AP class can take the AP Exam and if they pass with a score of 3, 4 or 5 many colleges/universities will grant college credit for that subject.
Registration for AP Exams will take place each fall.
Accuplacer (English and Math Placement Exam for CNM)
A placement test used by Central New Mexico Community College for new college freshmen and dual credit high school students. CLICK here for more information.
ASVAB (Career Exploration Exam & Military Qualifying Exam)
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) The ASVAB Career Exploration Program includes eight individual tests covering verbal and math skills, mechanical knowledge, electronics, etc. It also provides three Career Exploration Scores for Verbal Skills, Math Skills, and Science and Technical Skills. These three scores serve as one of several pieces of information about your teen that can aid in the exploration of a wide variety of educational and career options. The ASVAB is offered at no cost and no obligation to high school students.