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 an aptitude test and is composed of ten-sections: three Critical Reading, three Math, three Writing, and one Experimental. The essay component is mandatory. The test is scored as 200-800 for each subject with 2400 being the highest possible score.  The test is 3 hours and 45 minutes long. A helpful online resource for SAT studying is https://www.khanacademy.org/sat 
 
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 www.collegeboard.com) Late registration fee add $28.00. 
  • ACT: $42.50 without writing and $58.50 with writing (register at www.actstudent.org)  Late registration fee add $25.00. 
 
 

2016-2017 SAT Test Dates

2016-17 Test Dates Test Registration Deadlines
Regular Late (a fee is applied)
October 1, 2016 SAT & Subject Tests September 1, 2016 September 20, 2016
November 5, 2016 SAT & Subject Tests October 7, 2016 October 25, 2016
December 3, 2016 SAT & Subject Tests November 3, 2016 November 22, 2016
January 21, 2017 SAT & Subject Tests December 21, 2016 January 10, 2017
March 11, 2017 SAT only February 10, 2017 February 28, 2017
May 6, 2017 SAT & Subject Tests April 7, 2017 April 28, 2017
June 3, 2017 SAT & Subject Tests May 9, 2017 May 24, 2017
 

2016-2017 ACT Test Dates

2016-17 Test Dates
 
 
September 10, 2016
Registration Deadlines
Regular
 
August 5, 2016    
Late (a fee is applied)
 
August 6-19, 2016
October 22, 2016                 September 16, 2016 September 17-30, 2016
December 10, 2016 November 4, 2016 November 5-18, 2016
February 11, 2017 January 13, 2017 January 14-20, 2017
April 8, 2017 March 3, 2017 March 4-17, 2017
June 10, 2017 May 5, 2017 May 6-19, 2017