Standardized Testing



The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a practice version of the SAT exam. The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests your skills in reading, writing, and math. You can only take the PSAT once per school year. During your junior year, you could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship based on your score.

DHHS sophomores and juniors had the opportunity to take the PSAT on Saturday, October 15, 2022.  An informational flyer was mailed home and is available in the School Counseling Office. Scores are now available on Naviance or the student’s CollegeBoard account.

For more information please see your school counselor and/or visit the links below:



The SAT is a globally recognized standardized test used by many colleges and universities for admission. The test is intended to measure a high school student’s preparedness for college.  The SAT is a 3-3.5 hour exam (approximate), consisting of: Reading, Writing, Math (with calculator), and Math (no calculator).

The College Board administers the SAT seven times a year in August, October, November, December, March, May, and June. Please visit for testing dates and locations. The deadline to register for the SAT is typically about a month before the test date, so it's important you plan ahead. Early registration ensures you get the SAT date you want and the testing center that's most convenient for you.

As a participant of the SAT School Day program, DHHS administers the exam to all juniors on a designated weekday during the school year.
This year the in-school SATs will be administered over two days: 

Wednesday March 22, 2023: Students with last names A - Mi

Wednesday, March 29, 2023:  Students with last names Mo - Z

For more information about the SAT and SAT School Day, please see your school counselor and/or visit the links below:

CT SAT School Day - Learn more here

Linking College Board AND Khan Academy

The College Board and Khan Academy have partnered to offer all students no-cost personalized practice towards their SAT® when students link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts. 



The ACT (American College Testing) is a standardized test used for college admissions in the US. The test covers four academic skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and scientific reasoning. The ACT is administered seven times a year: February, April, June, July, August, September, and October. The duration of the ACT exam is approximately 3 hours.

For more information about ACT, please see your school counselor and/or visit the links below: