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  • College and Career Planning Guide

    Please see below for an important document from the KHS Guidance Teams!

    KHS College & Career Planning Guide 2023

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  • Information about the Excelsior Scholarship

    The Excelsior Scholarship applies to tuition only and does not cover the other costs of college. To learn more about other college expenses such as fees, room and board, textbooks, and more, visit our Tuition and Fees page. Recipients must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the NYS Student Aid Payment Application every year in order to receive award payments.

    Excelsior Scholarship Information


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Guidance Teams

  • College Planning Information

    Most 4-year colleges require a standardized test such as the SAT or ACT as part of the college admissions process. Our recommendations are as follows:

     9th Grade

    Take the PSAT (practice SAT) in October. It is only given once a year. It provides feedback to students regarding strengths and weaknesses in both Language Arts and Math. It also provides students with free services that they can use on the College Board website. Some 9th graders who are accelerated in Science might consider taking the SAT II Subject Test in June. Consult with your high school counselor regarding this decision.

     10th Grade

    Again, the PSAT in October is a great practice and preparatory test. Now students are compared to other 10th Graders across the country. The College Board website has many tools to interpret results and feedback regarding strengths and weaknesses. Some 10th graders might consider taking the SAT II Subject test in Science…again; consult with your high school counselor.

     11th Grade

    It is highly recommended that juniors take the PSAT in the fall of their 11th grade year…the test will now compare you to 11th Graders across the country…the students whom you will be compared in the college application process. Also, 11th graders are automatically put in the running for some national scholarship programs which include the National Merit Scholarship competition. In the spring of 11th grade, we recommend that students first try the actual SAT I Reasoning test. Based on the results, you can decide to take it again in the fall of your senior year.

     12th Grade

    Students have the opportunity to take the SAT in October, November, May and June if there is a need to improve scores. Scores will be reported to colleges on their transcripts as long as the Guidance Office gets a copy of their scores by coding in KHS when registering for the test.

  • KHS CEEB Code: 332705


    Exam Fee Waiver

    Any student eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch will be eligible to take the SAT/ACT for free (there are restrictions regarding the number of times they are allowed to take it for free).

    See your counselor for a fee waiver. Students should make every effort to apply by the first deadline…late fees will be charged after this date.


    Practice materials are available in the Guidance Office and collegeboard.org and act.org.

    Test Dates

    SAT Exams offered at KHS:    Tuesday April 23rd during the school day. Registration begins Monday March 11th and the deadline is Friday March 22nd. Students should sign up and remit payment in W102 office. Cost of exam is $60. Cash or checks may be made out to Kingston High School. For reduced fee forms, please speak with your counselor.

    PSAT Exam offered at KHS:  Thursday October 16th & Friday October 17th The cost of the exam is $18 or free for those who qualify for reduced test fees. Registration deadline is Tuesday October 10th. This is for Juniors only and they can sign up and get information in their Guidance office. 

    Please register in your guidance office. If you have any questions, please see your counselor.

    ACT Exam offered at KHS:   TBA. Students must register at act.org.      

    *There are other dates and locations available for these tests. Please visit the collegeboard link above*





    • Students will not be admitted to the test unless they have BOTH their registration ticket and picture ID.
    • Students will be required to download a picture of themselves when registering for the test.