Preparing for College: ACT/SAT Testing

Oct 23, 2022

The final dates for ACT/SAT Testing are just around the corner! Are you prepared? Revisit our college checklist to make sure!

Step 4: The ACT/SAT 

The majority of colleges will, in some capacity, require either an ACT or SAT score upon applying. While a student can take both tests, many students usually opt for one over the other, and most colleges accept either test score. The decision of which test to take comes down to your child and their learning style. Many students choose to take the ACT, especially if they struggle with standardized testing. Both tests can be taken as many times as wanted or needed, and only your highest score will be submitted to your colleges. Discuss which testing option is best for you with your college counselor. 

The ACT measures what a student already knows. It covers material that the student should have learned during high school.

The SAT is used more as a predictor of what a student is capable of learning. It deals with material that the student may NOT have learned in high school.

Both the SAT and ACT offer fee waiver eligibility applications which will allow your child to take the test for free up to four times. Check with your counselor to see if you are eligible to apply. Provided below is more information on ACT/SAT fee waivers.

ACT Fee Waiver

SAT Fee Waiver

ACT/SAT Registration

The final deadline to register for the ACT/SAT depends on when you want to take the test. You can still register after any one deadline, however, a late registration fee will apply. Below is the schedule of ACT/SAT test dates as well as each date's registration deadline. 

Provided below is a link to the ACT official website on what is required for registration, including a test center locator, and information on accommodations.

ACT Registration

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