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SAT and ACT Testing Info

Most four-year colleges/universities require students to submit scores from either the SAT Reasoning or the ACT. Both tests can be used in place of assessment tests for placement in math and English classes at a community college or a four-year college.  Preparation and practice will help you do your best on these tests.

 

★ All UCs require either SAT with essay or ACT with writing.

★ CSUs do not require either test as long as you have over a 3.0 GPA, but it is still highly recommended.  It may be required for impacted campuses or majors. 

★ Some colleges or majors may also require SAT subject tests. 

★ Private and out of state schools vary so make sure to check requirements!

★ Be sure to take the SAT/ACT at the earliest date possible - some colleges won’t accept scores after November of your senior year!

 

Which test should you take?

 

All US colleges and universities accept scores from either the SAT or ACT. They are viewed as equals, with no preference given to one test over the other, so deciding which you will take depends on which you think you will do better on. Here are some things to consider when deciding:

SAT vs ACT: Take a five minute quiz to help determine which test is right for you. View side-by-side comparisons of the test structure and content.

11 Key Differences: In-depth breakdown of the differences between the SAT and ACT.

 

SAT Test

College Board Website

Test Dates

Registration Deadline

Late Registration

August 24, 2019

July 26, 2019

August 13, 2019

October 5, 2019

September 6, 2019

September 24, 2019

November 2, 2019

October 3, 2019

October 22, 2019

December 7, 2019

November 8, 2019

November 26, 2019

March 14, 2020* (no subject tests available)

February 14, 2020

March 3, 2020

May 2, 2020

April 3, 2020

April 21, 2020

June 6, 2020 May 8, 2020

May 27, 2020

 

SAT Registration:  $49.50     

SAT with Essay:  $64.50

Up to three subjects:  add $26

Each additional subject:  add $22 per test

Late registration fee:  $30

Change date or location fee:  $30

 

ACT  Test

ACT Website

Test Dates

Registration Deadline

Late Registration

September 14, 2019

August 16, 2019

August 30, 2019

October 26, 2019

September 20, 2019

October 4, 2019

December 14, 2019

November 8, 2019

November 22, 2019

February 8, 2020

January 10, 2020

January 17, 2020

April 4, 2020

February 28, 2020

March 13, 2020

June 13, 2020

May 8, 2020

May 22, 2020

July 18, 2020

June 19, 2020

June 26, 2020

 

ACT Registration:  $52.00

ACT with Writing:  $68.00

Late registration fee:  $30

Change date or location fee:  $32

 

**If you demonstrate financial need you may qualify for a fee waiver, ask your counselor!

 

 

Preparing for the Test

 

The best way to prepare for the SAT or ACT is practice, practice, practice! Here are some FREE resources to help you study:

 

Khan Academy: Take full length SAT practice tests and receive thorough explanations of answers, get test tips and videos on how to solve problems.

  • Now you can link your Khan Academy account with College Board and they will tailor the practice tests according to how you performed on your PSAT or previous SAT attempts.
  • Khan Academy and College Board also came out with a new free app that asks you one question each day. This is a great way to squeeze studying into your busy schedule!

Chegg.com: Take full length SAT or ACT tests, complete practice problems, watch video lessons and get testing strategies. 

Princeton Review: Full practice tests are offered for free online or in-person in La Jolla. Register online.

ACT Preparation

  • ACT Academy is a free online program that allows you to take full-length ACT practice tests, with interactive questions, video lessons, and educational games.
  • ACT.org also offers free study guides with practice questions and a scoring key, daily questions and practice for each subject

 

California Colleges Website is the official source for college & career planning in California.  Go to California Colleges Website, click “College Planning”, then “Test Prep” to find Community Colleges Test Prep, SAT and ACT Test Prep and Vocabulary Test Prep.

 

The San Diego County Library offers a fantastic prep site for San Diego residents. You can download free online prep books, or take full-length practice tests.

  • On the ECHS homepage, click the Academics tab, then Library.  Choose Online Databases from the menu on the left and scroll down to the San Diego County Library section and click on the icon. Click on Careers & Education and then click on the Testing & Education Reference Center icon. Enter your San Diego County Library ID (If you don’t have one it’s free to sign up or you can check one out from the El Camino Library).

 

Sending Your Scores to Colleges

 

When you register for the SAT or ACT, you can have the scores sent to four schools free of charge.  If you need to add schools at a later date, you will be charged an additional fee. Be strategic about your free scores!  Here are some tips:

 

For California State Universities (CSU)

If you list one CSU campus as an SAT or ACT score recipient, your scores will automatically be sent to all campuses to which you've applied.

CSU's superscore. Superscoring is the process by which colleges consider your highest section scores across all the dates you took the SAT. Rather than confining your scores to one particular date, these schools will take your highest section scores, forming the highest possible composite score                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

For Universities of California (UC)

You can have your official scores from the SAT with Essay or ACT plus Writing sent to one UC campus, and all campuses you apply to will receive them.

UC's will focus on the highest total score in the College Board's Score Choice module, to ensure that all scores are sent to UC. They do not superscore.