Some common skills assessment tests include the SAT, ACT and GRE. The SAT and ACT are typically taken by high school students hoping to attend college, while the GRE is taken by college students hoping to achieve a level of education higher than a bachelor's degree.
The SAT and PSAT are tests typically taken at the end of a high school career that assess reading, writing and math skills. The individual parts get a specific numerical score, which are then added together to find the full final score that is submitted to colleges and universities. College Board is the head of the national SAT system.
The ACT is similar to the SAT, but it uses a different grading scale and also tests science in addition to English and math skills. The ACT website features a chart that compares SAT and ACT scores, so students can easily figure out the equivalent scores for college applications.
The GRE has a general test that examines broad skills, such as verbal reasoning and analytical writing. There are also specific GRE exams geared toward students who focused their education on an individual topic. Some specific tests include biology, chemistry, English, math and psychology.
All three exams require certain fees and are only available on specific dates.