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Most students take the PSAT at their high school in the fall of their sophomore or junior year. The PSAT won't count towards your college admissions applications, but it is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship . ... Use the PSAT as practice for the SAT and ACT and an important guidepost on your college admissions journey.

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Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program created by the  College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. Colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. 

About SAT and ACT

SAT & ACT (& SUBJECT) TESTS:  Most 4-year colleges require that students submit scores for an official ACT or SAT test as part of their application requirements. (But remember that for class of 2021, many colleges have altered their test requirements - see their websites!) 

  • Typically, most 4 year college bound juniors will begin taking the SAT or ACT in winter or spring of their junior year. We recommend that students consider taking the essay portion during each sitting as some colleges require it.   (UC's do, CSU's don't).   

Subject Tests:  Cancelled along with the optional Essay.

While juniors typically take these tests in the spring of their junior year, many seniors will test in the early fall of their senior year as well, to attempt to improve their scores. See each of the websites below for a list of testing dates and to register for the tests. Test sites do fill up so register early for closer location options. 

To register for the ACT, SAT/Subject tests or get more testing information, go to:

Some schools do not require pre-college testing. To learn more go to Fair


In addition, there is a growing trend in college admissions to offer "test optional" admissions and this is especially true for the Class of 2021!  Thoroughly read each website's admissions policies so you are informed of what is necessary to be considered for admission to each school.

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