Standardized Testing


The state of North Carolina requires standardized testing for private schools. The Stanford Achievement Test (SAT10) will be administered to Halifax Academy students in grades one through eleven during the week of May 8-12, 2017.  Please do not schedule appointments during this week.

The SAT 10 is a multiple-choice assessment that evaluates students in the areas of reading, mathematics, language, spelling, science, social science, listening, and thinking skills.   The SAT 10 test will evaluate what students know and are able to do. This standardized test will evaluate student's progress and identify student's strengths and potential weaknesses. This assessment will help parents, teachers, and school administrators know what areas students need to improve upon so they can reach their potential.  Students in the eleventh grade must score at or above the fiftieth percentile on all subtests in order to graduate.

Please feel free to contact us if you should have any questions about the SAT 10.  We will be happy to speak with you. 


The PSAT is a test similar to the SAT Reasoning Test.Most sophomores and juniors take this test in the fall to prepare them for the SAT Reasoning Test.National Merit Scholarships are based on junior PSAT scores.Your PSAT score multiplied by 10 is indicative of your expected SAT Reasoning score, plus or minus 40 points.

SAT Reasoning Test

The SAT Reasoning Test is a test that colleges use to analyze students' aptitude in English and mathematics.Though SAT scores are a factor in college acceptance, they are not the most important factor.Colleges also look at a student's course load, class rank, and weighted and un-weighted GPA.It is recommended that students take the SAT Reasoning Test twice during their junior year and in October of their senior year if needed.Colleges accept a combination of your highest math score and highest verbal score (and beginning in March of 2005, the highest writing score). 

SAT preparation can highly improve a student's SAT scores. Test prep in the form of a class or taking on-line quizzes through or are excellent options. Books and computer software also offer good preparation for the SAT.

Sign up to take the SAT Reasoning Test online at . Our High School Code is 343308.

SAT Subject Tests

The SAT Subject Tests assess students in particular subjects (e.g. Writing, US History, Chemistry).Scoring, unlike the SAT's 2400 scale, is on an 800-point scale.While SAT Subject Test scores are not required for admission to colleges, many colleges require the SAT Subject Test for admission and/or class placement.It is recommended that student's take the SAT Subject Tests in the late spring of junior year or early fall of senior year.

The SAT Subject Test is offered in the following subjects:

Writing, English Literature, Mathematics Level IC & IIC, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, World History, American History & Social Studies, French, French (Listening), German, German (Listening), Italian, Latin, Spanish, Spanish (Listening), Japanese (Listening), Chinese (Listening), Modern Hebrew, and Korean (Listening).

C.A student can take up to three tests in one day, however no more than two are recommended at one time.Most people take the Math IC and one other test.If you have strength in a particular area you should take that test.

ACT with Writing

The ACT is similar to the SAT, but it has  reading and science sections.Most colleges do not require an ACT score if you have taken the SAT Reasoning Test, but most colleges accept the ACT.The ACT is scored from 1 to 36, 36 being the highest.This test is recommended if you are a stronger verbal student than math student.

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