Entrance Exam Information


  • Currently, we have our Sophomores take the PSAT as a "pre-test" for taking the SAT their Junior year. This test helps students see where they are sitting in the particular test they will be tested on their SAT: Critical Reading, Math, Writing.

    Considered to be a “preliminary SAT,” the PSAT test gives students a sense of the format, question types, content, and time limits that they will encounter on the SAT. Additionally, the PSAT test serves as a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program (only Juniors qualify for the Merit Scholarship so they have to retest at Declo during their Junior year WITH the Sophomores).

    As of the fall of 2015, all students will be tested using the new, redesigned PSAT. The new test format continues to test reasoning skills, but places a clearer, stronger focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings most important for success after high school. The new format places greater emphasis on a student’s ability to determine the meaning of words in extended contexts and how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact. The test measures a student’s skills in two core areas: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math and is composed of three sections—Reading, Writing, and Math. Total testing time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

    Students and parents can create a login and access those online. Click on the link below and select "Get PSAT/NMSQT Scores Now." This will take you to a page to begin the creating an account. It is very important when they send an access code to your email that you check the SPAM/Junk mail folder! If you delete or misplace your code you have to call the college board to be granted access. Here is that contact info: Phone: 866-433-7728 or Email psathelp@info.collegeboard.org

    It is very important to use the SCORE resources to help you and/or your student understand what their scores mean. Remember, this is just a "pre-test" for the SAT. If there are areas that you need to work on there are resources available to help improve your scores, several are on the DHS website in the Counseling Center under "Other Resources," but their are tons that are out there to help!

    PSAT 2019 TEST DATE:

    October 16, 2019

    All Sophomores are encouraged to participate.

    Juniors, if you wish to retake the PSAT the same day as Sophomores you must inform Ms. Kirkpatrick by September 1st. Cost will be $17.00, paid in advance to Mrs. Simkins


SAT Entrance Exam

  • How do I sign up for the SAT?

    Register at:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register

    Students have the opportunity to take this exam in the Spring of their Junior year at no cost to them. Participation in this helps to insure that every graduation Senior in the state of Idaho has taken a college entrance exam. Below is a basic cost breakdown if a student wants to retake their SAT. Also, I have included a link to the SAT College Board site to register for another test, fees, etc.

    SAT FEES (as of 8/2019):

    SAT (no essay) - $49.50
    SAT w/essay - $64.50
    $30.00 LATE Registration Fee
    $30.00 Change Fee (date/center/etc.)
    *** On Test Dates: Means it is the final testing that results will be returned in time to apply to Senior transcript.


2019 -2020 Test Dates

ACT Entrance Exam

  • How Do I Sign Up for the ACT?

    Online registration is the fastest method. You will know immediately if your preferred test center has space for you to test, and you also can print your admission ticket from the website.

    Testing Fees:

    • ACT Test (no writing), $52.00
    • ACT Test with writing, $68.00
    • Late Registration Fee, $30.00

    Late registration is only available online.

    *** On Test Dates: Means that is the final date a Senior can take test to have it apply to their transcript.

ACT 2019 - 2020 Testing Dates