Testing Information

PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)


  • SAT I – general college admission
  • SAT II – specific subject matters to highlight your areas of strength (check dates for specific exams offered)
  • On April 5, 2017 all Sycamore High School juniors will be taking the SATat Sycamore High School. Students do NOT need to register or pay for this exam.
  • For more information about the SAT, visit the CollegeBoard Website
  • Test Prep and Practice Tests available from Khan Academy
  • Doorway to College SAT Test Prep (Formerly ZAPS)
    • Sycamore High School auditorium, Saturday, February 25th, 2017 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    • Cost: $79.99
    • Register at www.doorwaytocollege.com or call (877) 927-8378


  • Although Sycamore High School no longer uses the ACT for all juniors, we are still a host for a National Test Date in February each year. In order to take the ACT on the February test date or any other date that it is offered, students should register and pay at actstudent.org
  • Test Prep: Various ACT prep classes are offered throughout DeKalb County each year. These programs have a fee and can be found in various formats.  Test prep booklets are available in the School Counseling Office.
  • Doorway to College ACT Test Prep (formerly ZAPS)
    • Sycamore High School auditorium
    • Saturday, January 21, 2017. 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    • Cost: $79.99
    • Register at www.doorwaytocollege.com or call (877) 927-8378


Advanced Placement (AP)

  • Students who are currently enrolled in our AP classes at Sycamore High School can choose to take the AP exam for that subject on the national test dates during first two weeks of May.
  • If your student is in an AP class, they will receive information about signing up for testing in February.
  • There is a fee for each AP test taken that must be paid on the Sycamore Webstore before exams are ordered.
  • College credit can be awarded by colleges when students achieve certain scores on an AP exam. For information about any college’s AP credit policy (what scores and classes that they give credit for), visit the CollegeBoard website.


  • This is a college placement test that is used for students taking college level classes (Kishwaukee College uses this test).
  • These tests are used to help make proper placements into math and English classes.
  • Student may be exempt from placement testing based on ACT/SAT scores, high school GPA, and/or AP scores. See you r school counselor for more details.
  • Students who enroll in Kish on Campus Dual Credit classes at the high school and some CTE classes at KEC must take part or all of the Accuplacer test. See you counselor for details.
  • For me information, visit Kishwaukee College’s placement website.