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Post-Secondary Preparatory Tests

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program of college-level courses offered at many high schools. Courses are available in many subject areas, including English, history, humanities, languages, math, psychology and science. The focus is not on memorizing facts and figures, but rather on engaging discussions, approaching and solving problems together and learning to write well. Contact your local high school to find AP courses.

AP Fee Reduction Grant for 2016

The State of Vermont anticipates receiving the AP Fee Reduction Grant from the U.S. Department of Education for 2016. The purpose of this grant is to pay for the advanced placement fees on behalf of eligible low-income students who are enrolled in an advanced placement course, and plan to take an advanced placement exam.


The SAT is a standardized test administered by the College Board. It is widely used for college admissions in the United States.

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States.

American College Test

The American College Test (ACT) is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science.