SAT/ACT Testing Information

**Updated 8/31/16**
053343 is the SHS high school code for SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and ACT
Ways to Register for the SAT or the ACT:
Online Registration:
The ACT web address is: http://www.actstudent.org/
The SAT web address is: http://www.collegeboard.org/
SAT Information:
Who: Juniors are recommended to take the SAT (or ACT) for part of their college admissions. Juniors are recommend to take the SAT for the first time in the spring and a second time during the fall of the senior year. Seniors should take the test no later than December of the senior year. (Check with each campus, as acceptable test dates may vary).

What: The SAT is one tool designed to assess student academic readiness for college. The test has three parts: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing.

When & Where: The SAT and other College Board tests are offered several times a year at various local high school campuses. Registration is online and students can specify a designate campus to take the test.

The 2016-2017 test dates are:
Oct 1
Nov 5 (includes listening tests for world languages)
Dec 3
Jan 21
Mar 11 (no subject tests)
May 6
Jun 3

Why: CSU, UC, and many private and/or out of state schools will require one SAT OR ACT (with writing) score.
(source: College Board site)
SAT Subject Information (formerly known as the SAT II):
Who: Juniors and Seniors (some sophomores) taking AP/Honors or upper level courses, students planning to apply to private schools, students with a passion for subjects not covered on the SAT should consider taking Subject Tests. 

What: The SAT Subject Tests are one tool designed to assess student academic readiness for college. Tests are offered in several areas including math, history, science, literature, and languages. Certain college majors require subject tests. For example, many engineering programs require Math II and Chemistry and/or Physics.

When & Where: The SAT Subject Tests are offered several times a year at various local high school campuses.Students are encouraged to test in the Spring after completing the bulk of the course. Registration is online and students can specify a designate campus to take the test. Please note, languages with listening tests are only offered in November. Students can take up to three Subject Tests in one seating.

Why: Click here for more detailed information about why to take the tests. Many colleges use the SAT Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Some colleges specify the SAT Subject Tests that they require for admission or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take. Many private and/or out of state schools recommend taking two different subject area tests, depending on major. SAT Subject Tests for the UCs are OPTIONAL; however, certain campuses and majors recommend certain exams. Click here for more information.
(source: College Board site)
ACT Information:
Who: Juniors are recommended to take the ACT (or SAT) for part of their college admissions. Juniors are recommend to take the ACT for the first time in the spring and a second time during the fall of the senior year. Seniors should take the test no later than December of the senior year. (Check with each campus, as acceptable test dates may vary).

What: The ACT is one tool designed to assess student academic readiness for college. The test has four parts: English, Math, Science Reasoning, and Writing (optional but strongly recommended for UC, private, and out of state schools).

When & Where: The ACT tests are offered several times a year at various local high school campuses. Registration is online and students can specify a designate campus to take the test.

The 2016-2017 test dates are: 
Sep 10
Oct 22
Dec 10
Feb 11
Apr 8
Jun 10

Why: CSU, UC, and many private and/or out of state schools will require one SAT OR ACT (with writing) score.
(source: ACT site)
Test Prep Resources:
The Testing and Education Reference Center (TERC) is an online resource available free to all students and provides standardized test preparation for the PSAT, SAT, AP and many other tests. It provides up to date eBook versions of popular test prep books, test taking strategies, and online practice tests with detailed answer explanations for every question. To access TERC, go to the Digital Resources page of the library website.
http://www.testdatescentral.com/sat-test-dates.htm This website also lists info on test dates and has practice tests with answers and explanations available. 
Sending SAT/ACT Scores to Colleges
* You must submit your official SAT or ACT scores from your College Board or ACT account. 
* For more details on the SAT and score reporting, go to: sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-score-choice
Tips for sending scores to:
CSU: 
SAT-The school code 3594 allow you to send your scores to all CSU campuses in lieu of paying to send scores to each CSU.
ACT- If you send your scores to 1 campus, you can release your scores to all campuses in your csu mentor account.
UC: SAT & ACT- If you send your scores to 1 UC, they will share your info with all other UC campuses.