PREPARATORY FOR EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL
COLLEGE & CAREER
COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS
What Are College Entrance Exams?
College entrance exams are standardized tests used to evaluate students for college admission purposes. The first thing you do is begin looking at the admissions requirement of the college/university you are interested in attending. This will allow you to identify which exams and test scores are needed by the higher education institution of your interest.
The SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) is one of the most commonly required college entrance exams. The majority of higher education institutions require a score from the SAT. This test has three sections: Reading, Writing and Language, Math and an optional essay section. Registration is done on the College Board Website.
The ACT (American College Test) is a standardized aptitude test similar in content to the SAT. Both tests are accepted by higher education institutions. This test consists of four sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science. Registration is done on the ACT.org Website.
Why Take the SAT and/or ACT?
Your university admission application is not complete until you submit an official SAT or ACT Test Score Report. You may take the test as many times as you wish, but be warned, your score is expected to improve with every retake. Do not take these exams lightly.
Testing Fee Waivers
Students who participate in the National School Lunch Program (free or reduced lunch) are eligible for free SAT test and ACT test fee waivers (limit is two per school year). Use your fee waivers wisely. You can stop by your College & Career Advisor’s office to pick up a waiver or fill out the ACT/SAT Request for Waiver Form.
When you register for the SAT and/or ACT, you will be asked to select the schools that will receive your scores. (Normally, you get 4 choices.) These score reports are FREE! After you do this, you will have to pay approximately $12 to send your ACT or SAT scores to each additional school. There are no fee waivers available for sending additional SAT or ACT score reports. Choose your schools wisely!