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SAT & ACT Testing

College Admission Tests

Any student applying to California State University (CSU), University of California (UC), an honors program at a community college, certain merit-based scholarships, or private universities and colleges should take either the SAT Reasoning Test which tests critical reading, math, and writing abilities or the ACT, which tests English, math, reading, and science.  The American School Counseling Association equally supports the SAT and ACT tests – two competing companies.  The overwhelming number of colleges and universities will recognize either test.  If you have the money and the time, we suggest that you take both.  Additionally, for the UCs and top private universities, applicants may need to take SAT Subject Tests in two different subject areas: history, literature, mathematics (level 2 only), laboratory science, or language other than English.


The basic fee for the ACT if you do not take the Writing Test is $52. The basic fee for the ACT plus Writing is $68. The fee for the SAT is $49.50 and $64.50 for SAT w/ Essay.  The registration fee for the Subject Tests is $26.00 plus $22.00 or $26.00 for each subject test.


Tests must be taken by December of senior year.  Private colleges have other deadlines and test dates. 

Stop by the College & Career Center, Room 701 to apply for a fee waiver.

ACT Assessment

ACT Registration Dates

SAT Reasoning and Subject Assessment

College Readiness Info - Registration