List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the PSAT/NMSQT?

    The PSAT is the Preliminary SAT, a standardized test that provides first-hand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test.  This test measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills.  Sophomores and juniors at Peddie take this test in October (see school calendar).  During the junior year, the PSAT/NMSQT (the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) serves as consideration for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship program.   Sophomores are NOT NMSQT eligible.  Click here to learn more about the PSAT/NMSQT.
  • Should I take the SAT or the ACT?

    The College Office recommends that each student take both.   Many colleges/universities accept the ACT in lieu of SAT and SAT Subject Test scores (but not all do, so you need to do your research). Some students find they perform significantly better on one test.  If the ACT is your stronger exam and you are not applying to schools that require SAT Subject Tests, then you should submit your ACT scores.  If the SAT is your stronger exam, then you need not ever report your ACT!  For more information on the differences between the tests, please consult our Standardized Testing Guide.
  • Should I take SAT Subject Tests?  If so, when and which ones?

    Who should take SAT Subject Tests is determined by a student’s curriculum, year in school, and his or her colleges/universities of interest.  Approximately 32 of the most selective colleges/universities require SAT Subject Tests for admission or placement.  Many others recommend them.   Our Standardized Testing Guide provides an in-depth discussion of the Subject Test options and who is recommended to take which test(s) and when.  Specific questions regarding these tests should be directed to the College Office.
  • What are the most important factors in college admissions decisions?

    Colleges tell us that the four most important parts of a student’s application are (in order of importance): the transcript, standardized test scores, the personal statement or college essay, and extracurricular activities.
  • When do colleges visit Peddie and how are we notified of these visits?

    Each April representatives from more than 100 colleges/universities visit Peddie during our two-day College Fair for juniors.  In addition, from September to November college representatives provide information sessions and interviews at Peddie for seniors.  The College Office also hosts three College Fair Evenings in October for juniors, seniors and their parents.  Students and parents are informed of these events via email and postings in the AM.
  • What is the difference between Early Decision, Early Action and Rolling Admission?

    An Early Decision (ED) acceptance is a binding agreement.  The student who applies ED to a college/university is agreeing to attend that school if (s)he is accepted. ED applications are usually due November 1st or 15th, and decisions are rendered before the Christmas holiday; however, ED deadlines do vary and some schools offer a second round of ED in early January, so read application deadlines carefully.  If admitted ED, any other submitted applications must be immediately withdrawn.
    Like ED, an Early Action (EA) application allows a student to apply early (usually in November or December) and receive a decision from a college/university in December or January.  Unlike ED, however, an EA acceptance is not binding.  A student may choose to attend another college and has until the National Reply Date (May 1st) to make that decision.
    Rolling Admission is a process employed mainly by large state universities during which applications are read and decisions rendered on a continuing basis.  Applications to schools with rolling admissions should be submitted in August or September.
  • What is the NCAA Eligibility Center (formerly known as the NCAA Clearinghouse)?

    The NCAA Eligibility Center is a center created to maintain academic standards of college athletes.  All student-athletes who plan on competing at the Division I or II level in college must register on-line with the Eligibility Center.  Potential student-athletes will talk with their college counselor about registration.  

    Please know that there are strict guidelines about high school completion and courses required. We encourage all potential student-athletes to familiarize themselves with these requirements early in the college process.  If a student attended another high school before coming to Peddie, (s)he should consult the College Office before registering with the Eligibility Center.
  • What is the National Candidate’s Reply Date?

    This is the date (traditionally May 1st) by which you must send an enrollment deposit to the college/university of your choice.   While we hope you will have made your decision before this date, please let your college counselor know if a college/university presses you to commit before May 1st.

Quick Reference Guide

Peddie School Code: 310-535

College Office 
phone: 609-944-7515
fax: 609-944-7906
email: Contact Carole Tatar at
201 South Main Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520-3349
Phone Number: 609-944-7500
Fax Number: 609-944-7901