Guidance Department


Through a planned program of testing throughout the four years, a student is guided through the educational process. Each student participates in tests of achievement, aptitude, interest and intelligence throughout the four years. Information regarding all tests required for college admittance is also available. Most of these tests are administered by various national organizations and different tests are required by different colleges. The student must begin early to plan which tests should be taken and make the necessary application for these tests. A fee is usually charged. Many of these tests are given locally and the proper dates are listed below the test descriptions

Students who qualify for academic scholarships should apply as early as possible to the college of their choice. The deadlines for Presidential Scholarships and other academic scholarships can be as early as October 1. See Cara Joens for further information.

PSAT/NMSQT Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a test designed to identify students for academic recognition during their junior year and to give practice for SAT testing. It is open to all junior students for practice but juniors only for scholarship recognition. This is held in October each year.

Your Next Steps: Using PSAT/NMSQT Results

PSAT 10 – This is a precursor to the PSAT for sophomore students to get them ready for the PSAT/NMSQT as a junior. This is offered to all sophomores. This is held in the spring of each year.

ACT and SAT American College Test and Scholastic Aptitude Test are college entrance examinations open to all students, but recommended during the 2nd semester of their junior year. Practice tests are available for students in the Guidance office. Information on many local prep courses can also be found under below.  Xavier hosts ACT exams here in October & April only.

ACT Accommodations & Waiver Information

ACT Dates & Deadlines

SAT Dates & Deadlines

Test Prep Opportunities