Testing in preparation for college

Most colleges and universities make admission and financial aid decisions based on several different factors including GPA, rigor of courses, student background, and standardized test scores like the ACT and SAT. If you already know which colleges you're interested in, visit their websites for information about which test scores are accepted, how scores are calculated, and how to make sure your scores are submitted to the correct college(s).

When you take a standardized test, we request that you also have scores submitted to IU High School for inclusion on your record and in your student transcript. 

For the PSAT, SAT, and ACT, the IU High School institutional code is 150219.


The PSAT is a preliminary "practice" test for the SAT. You can take it during your 10th grade year or your 11th grade year.

It is given during the month of October. When taken during your 11th grade year, it is also used as the qualifying test for the National merit Scholarship. Please check with your local high school counseling department to be put on their list for testing and to sign up for the PSAT. You will also get any materials from them that will help you prepare for the test.

To send your PSAT scores to IUHS, use institution code 150219.


The SAT is a standardized test used for college admissions. It is best taken for the first time in the spring of your junior year. The test is intended to assess a student's readiness for college and is not aligned to any high school curriculum. It has a Math section and a Language Arts/Reading section, with optional writing test.

The SAT is offered 7 times throughout the school year. The tests are given on the first Saturday of October, November, December, January, March, May and June. You must check the College Board website for further information about the centers nearest you, usually a local high school, and the dates for tests at your closest center. You will need to register at least one month prior to the test that you want to take.

To send your SAT scores to IUHS, use institution code 150219.


The ACT is a standardized assessment for college readiness. It is best taken for the first time in the spring of your junior year. This test is offered in September, October, December, February, April and June of each year. Each registration deadline is approximately 5-6 weeks prior to the test.

The test consists of an English, Math, Reading, and Science sections, with an optional writing test.

Students may register for the ACT at The same website will help you find the nearest testing center and the specific dates for upcoming tests.

To send your ACT scores to IUHS, use institution code 150219.