Standardized testing is a component of planning for college. SAT and ACT tests are standardized exams that are sometimes used for college admissions and scholarship eligibility. AP tests are standardized exams designed to measure how well you've mastered the content and skills of a specific AP course.
In recent years, there has been a shift in the approach to standardized tests for the use of college admissions. Colleges are regularly updating and changing their procedures on whether or not they are using these tests, or will be in the future. Many colleges have gone "test optional", which means admissions tests are not required for application. Students should regularly visit college websites and attend college admissions rep visits during Junior and Senior year to receive updated information on the status of admissions tests at that particular college. Students can also consult with their counselor for updates and recommendations regarding testing.