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College Entrance Exams

Currently, there exists two major standardized tests that many colleges use to determine applicant admissions: the SAT (Scholastic Achievement Test) and the ACT (originally known as the American College Test). Students generally take one or the other. There are many websites and books that talk about the tests and how to prepare for them. Students should research the colleges they are interested to understand which test and test score is needed.

Keep in mind that these college entrance exams are used by many but not all colleges.  Some colleges are “test-optional” which means you can submit test scores but you will not be penalized if you do not submit test scores.

 

What are subject tests?  

Subject tests are extra tests for specific subjects (for example calculus, language, English, science, etc.). Many colleges either no longer require them or require them for certain majors like engineering, math, etc.   Before you sign up for subject tests, check the requirements for the major you are applying for with your colleges.

 

When should I take the test?

Spring of your Junior year in high school. To improve your ability to take the test, consider the following strategy. Take one test in March/April.  Study the areas you want to improve and take the test again in June when you have been studying for finals.  If you really want to take it again, take it in late August or September. Always send colleges all of your scores. They may like to see that you tried to improve.

 

How do I register for the SAT or ACT?

School Code: 052-492     (code verified as of Feb 2020)

You will need to know our school code when registering for the SAT or the ACT. Click on the links below to begin.