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College Entrance Exams

Be sure to check the individual colleges’ website for specific test requirements.

SLOHS School Code (CEEB & SAT)053145

Note: If you do not enter the School Code then we will not receive a copy of your test scores. See directions below for sending test scores to colleges. 


The ACT® test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.

*The writing test is not required for the California State University System but is required for the University of California. For more information regarding the ACT test and college requirements, please visit the ACT and the specific college website.



The SAT Reasoning Test measures what students have learned in school and how they apply that knowledge. The SAT is offered seven times a year. The SAT assesses critical thinking and problem solving skills in three areas: critical reading, mathematics, and writing. The College Board will no longer be providing SAT Subject Tests or SAT with Essay. Please visit for more information.

SATSending SAT Scores

What tests should a student be taking to prepare for college admissions to a 4 year university?

Junior year take the PSAT in October to prepare for the SAT.  Students will take the test at SLOHS

Spring of junior year students should be registering either for the SAT or ACT. A student may register for both or one type of test.

College Examination Requirements

UC = ACT or SAT + writing

CSU = ACT or SAT without writing

Private Universities = It is advised to refer to the university website to view testing requirements.

Preparing for College Admission Tests

How can one prepare for college admission tests?

SAT Test Preparation

ACT Test Preparation

Check to see what colleges do not require either the SAT or ACT for admission: No Test Required