To qualify for entrance to most universities students must complete a prescribed set of classes with an excellent GPA, as well as completing college admissions tests. A high GPA coupled with excellent testing results, will equal more competitive colleges sending you letters of acceptance. All colleges will accept either the SAT or ACT tests to meet the college entrance testing requirements. The best thing you can do is to familiarize yourself with the many features and tools that both the SAT and ACT websites have to offer, it’s never too early to start checking it out!
The College Board is responsible for administering all SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject & AP tests. On their website you can register for tests and release scores online. It also provides tools for nationwide college searches and study guides. The SAT is a test of the student’s problem solving ability. Most college-bound students should plan to take it beginning in the spring of their junior year. The SAT can be taken multiple times. Although schools see all of your scores, they will only use the highest combined critical reading & math scores from the “best sitting” of the test.
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SAT Subject Tests Overview: Subjects Tests are not required for admission to the UC system, however they may help with competitive admissions decisions and many private and independent universities may want Subject Test results…it is best practice to check individual school websites. Students may take up to 3 SAT Subject Tests in one sitting and should schedule these tests when they feel they have mastered the material to be tested. Some majors may prefer certain Subject Tests, be sure to check with individual colleges and with individual majors before planning your testing schedule. For a description of all the SAT Subject Tests go to www.collegeboard.com.
American College Testing, Inc. is the company that administers the ACT. On their website you can register for the ACT, schedule test dates, find online prep questions and send your scores. The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The ACT lets the student decide what set of scores they want to send, while the College Board’s policy is to send all scores. The ACT has an interest inventory that allows students to evaluate their interests in various career options. Often, students whose worst subject is Math will do better on this test because only 1/4 of the composite score is based on Mathematics. The ACT was designed to be taken by high school students towards the end of their junior year. Almost all colleges and universities accept the ACT.
For more information about the ACT go to the following page on ACT website.