College Placement Tests (SAT/ACT)

The SAT and ACT are college entrance tests for students planning to enter 4-year colleges and universities.  Most colleges will accept either exam but check the college admissions requirement to verify.  These tests should be taken spring of the junior year and fall of the senior year. Registration materials, test dates, locations, test strategies and practice tests are available in the Career Center and online.

Differences between the SAT and ACT:
The SAT is a standardized test that colleges use to evaluate applicants. Over two million students take the SAT every year and it is used by nearly every college in America for evaluating a student’s college preparedness. It is designed to measure a student’s ability to understand and process elements in three subjects: reading, writing, and math. SAT scores are calculated based on a student’s performance relative to other test-takers, and have proven to be an indicator of collegiate success. The highest score possible is a 1600. (From
The ACT is curriculum based and is composed of four sections: English, Math, Reading and Science. The essay component is optional. The test is scored as 1-36 with 36 being the highest possible score. The test is approximately 3 hours long (add a half-hour if taking the optional essay component). Wrong answers are not penalized so fill in all answer questions.

For practice ACT and SAT tests, come to the Career Center for a list of websites!

The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) is offered once a year in October. Juniors should take it for possible scholarships in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sophomores can take it for practice. 
The PLAN program helps 9th and 10th graders build a solid foundation for future academic and career success and provides information to help better prepare for the ACT test.  

Test Registration & Cost Information

  • SAT: $45.00, $57 with essay (register at Late registration fee add $28.00. 
  • ACT: $42.50 without writing and $58.50 with writing (register at  Late registration fee add $25.00. 

2017-18 SAT Test Dates


2017-2018 ACT Test Dates