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The College Board (SAT I, SAT II)
We recommend registering early to increase the likelihood of being assigned to your first choice center.
609-771-7137 Students with disabilities
609-882-4118 Deaf or hearing impaired
319-337-1000 General Information
319-337-1332 Special Testing
319-337-1313 Score Reports
AP (Advanced Placement) Coursework and Exams
ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam)
The exam is published by the Educational Records Bureau, and is often referred to as the ERB. You can obtain a student guide from your school or by visiting the ERB website below. You can register online or by phone, fax, or mail.
800-446-0320 Registration by phone
919-682-5775 Registration by fax
SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test)
Phone registration is not available for the SSAT. You can register for the test online, pick up a registration form at your school, or obtain a form from the SSAT website and either mail it or fax it by the registration deadline.
HSPT (High School Placement Test)
For information regarding the HSPT, primarily used by Catholic Schools and for entrance into high schools with grades 9-12, please click the following link. Schools request the HSPT exam from Scholastic Testing Service and coordinate all registration and testing.
AP Practice Questions https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/takingtheexam/preparing-for-exams
SAT Practice Questions https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice
SAT II Practice Questions https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-subject-tests/subjects
ACT Practice Questions http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-preparation.html
Word Game www.freerice.com
For each correct answer, Free Rice donates 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Programme. This game is a great, fun way to increase your vocabulary while feeding the hungry: a true win-win in our books.
Alternate Nostril Breathing
We have found this technique to work wonders with the kids and teens with whom we work (many of whom have taught it to their parents, who then reap the benefits both in their work and in their family lives). Alternate nostril breathing is easy to learn and to practice. It reduces stress, improves concentration, and increases analytic and creative brain function. We frequently receive feedback from students that they feel much calmer and more focused during test-taking situations, more relaxed and composed while giving presentations, and better able to wind down after a stressful day and sleep more peacefully at night.
To practice: Block the right nostril with the thumb. Press just hard enough to close the nostril. Keep the rest of the fingers straight up. Inhale deeply through the left nostril. When the breath is full, bend the right hand into a “U”, extending the little fingertip over to press on the left nostril. Close the left nostril and let the right nostril open by releasing the thumb pressure. (You can also use the thumb and index finger). Exhale smoothly and completely through the right nostril. When the breath is completely exhaled, begin the cycle again with the inhale though the right nostril. Continue for 3 minutes with long, deep, regular breaths. Inhale at the end and hold the breath for 10-30 seconds. Exhale and relax.
(Note: this breath pattern is most effective when practiced in a seated position, with the spine relaxed and straight and with the eyes closed and focused up and in between the brows).
For a video demonstration of this breath technique, please see:
Test Information and Registration
Relaxation and Focus
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