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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!


SAT Test

College Board Website

Test Dates

Registration Deadline

Late Registration

October 6, 2018

September 7, 2018

September 26, 2018

November 3, 2018

October 5, 2018

October 24, 2018

December 1, 2018

November 2, 2018

November 20, 2018

March 9, 2019* (no subject tests on this date)

February 8, 2019

February 27, 2019

May 4, 2019

April 5, 2019

April 24, 2019

June 1, 2019

May 3, 2019

May 22, 2019


Registration:  $46     With Essay:  $60

Up to three subjects:  add $26

Each additional subject:  add $22

Late registration fee:  $29

Change date or location fee:  $29


ACT  Test

ACT Website

Test Dates

Registration Deadline

Late Registration

September 8, 2018

August 10, 2018

August 26, 2018

October 27, 2018

September 28, 2018

October 14, 2018

December 8, 2018

November 2, 2018

November 19, 2018

February 9, 2019

January 11, 2019

January 18, 2019

April 13, 2019

March 8, 2019

March 25, 2019

June 8, 2019

May 3, 2019

May 20, 2019

 July 13, 2019  June 14, 2019  June 24, 2019

Registration:  $42.50     With Writing:  $58.50

Late registration fee:  $27.50

Change date or location fee:  $25 (if you change both it would be $50)


**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! Take full length SAT or ACT tests, complete practice problems, watch video lessons and get testing strategies. 

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.
  • 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 a certain number of 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)

          SAT: CSUMentor Code for SAT is 3594

You can list CSUMentor as an SAT score recipient; CSUMentor will then store your scores for ALL CSU campuses to utilize.


          ACT: Send to 1 CSU & use the Score Manager

If you have listed a CSU campus as an ACT score report recipient, you can use the ACT Scores Manager on CSU Mentor to release your score to additional campuses. Before you can use the ACT Scores Manager, you must first have arranged for your scores to be sent to a CSU campus. 


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.