SAT/ACT

Admissions Testing

Check each college carefully for their testing requirement; which tests to take and deadlines for submitting scores. Most colleges require either the SAT I or ACT. The SAT II is required or recommended by many of the more selective colleges. A trend seems to indicate that some colleges will require just the ACT in lieu of SAT I and SAT II. Check with each individual college for its requirements by calling, using its web site or when visiting. These tests may be taken junior year and/or fall of the senior year. Preparation is highly recommended; which method you choose is a personal decision. The options are online programs such as Khan Academy, test preparation centers, and personal tutors.

Registion takes place online at either act.org (ACT) or collegeboard.org (SAT) . These websites will help you keep track of registration dates, understanding the format of the test, and interpreting scores. Be sure to be consistent in the way you register your name. If you insert a middle initial one time, but fail to do it the second time around, the computer could view you as two different students. WHS code to be included on the registration form is 070-913.

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  • College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) is the organization which sponsors one of the widely accepted tests for college admission, the SAT I and SAT II. These tests cannot be taken on the same day. 
  • PSAT/NMSQT Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (CEEB) is given in October during the school day to all sophomores and juniors.  The format of this test is very similar to the SAT I and is useful as an indicator of SAT I scores. It is the basis for some Merit Scholarships for juniors. The results of this test, taken by any student, are not officially reported to the colleges. 
  • SAT I is a three-hour examination. SAT now consists of an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and a Math section. The Writing section is optional. This test is designed to measure your ability to understand the English language, to interpret mathematical problems, to evaluate your reasoning ability and to assess writing skills. The SAT I is administered seven times a year (4 of the 7 are at WHS).
  • ACT American College Testing Program. This test is just as widely accepted at colleges as the SAT I. It is administered six times nation-wide( 2 of the 6 are at WHS). This test is similar to the SAT II in that it measures actual knowledge in specific content areas. The test has four sections-English, Math, Social Studies and Natural Sciences. Many colleges are accepting the ACT in lieu of submitting the SAT I and SAT II, so be sure to check with each of the schools you are considering applying to for their testing requirements. 
  • SAT II Subject Achievement Tests (CEEB) measures actual knowledge in specific content areas. These tests are one hour in length and are given in fifteen different subjects. Up to three tests may be taken during one test session. It is not wise to take an achievement test until you have completed a subject, or have sufficiently advanced in it.  Consult with your subject teacher and/or counselor as to the advisability of taking the SAT II, which tests to take, and when to take them. Many schools do not require SAT II tests at all.  All the SAT II tests are part of one booklet, which you are given at the test center. When you actually sit down to take the test, you have the option of changing how many tests you take and in what subject areas. 
  • A.P. Advanced Placement Tests are three-hour examinations based on a full-year of college level study in high school. These tests are used for college credit and/or placement. You register and take these tests through WHS.

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PSAT

The PSAT is a Practice SAT test offered once a year during the month of October.  This year we will be administering the PSAT to all Sophomores and Juniors on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, during the school day.  

Students should receive their PSAT results in December.  Below is a link to My College Quick Start which can help you read and decipher your scores.  Please see your school counselor with any questions.   

Understanding Your PSAT Score Report

Free SAT Practice from Khan Academy

Tests

SAT Test Dates

2020 SAT Test Dates and Registrations

2019-20 SAT TEST DATE REGISTRATION DATE SCORES RELEASE DATE**
Saturday, August 24, 2019 July 26, 2019 September 6, 2019
Saturday, October 5, 2019 September 6, 2019 October 18, 2019
Saturday, November 2, 2019 October 3, 2019 November 15, 2019
Saturday, December 7, 2019 November 8, 2019 December 20, 2019
Saturday, March 14, 2020 February 14, 2020 March 27, 2020
Saturday, May 2, 2020 April 3, 2020 May 15, 2020
Saturday, June 6, 2020 May 8, 2020 July 15, 2020

 SAT Website

www.collegeboard.org

2019-20 SAT Administration Dates and Deadlines SAT Date SAT Subject Tests Available Registration Deadline Late Registration DeadlineDeadline for Changes August 24, 2019

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Register – February 14, 2020  
February 25, 2020 (for mailed registrations)
March 3, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone)

March 3, 2020 | May 2, 2020

Register – April 3, 2020
See SAT Subject Tests available on this date 
April 14, 2020 (for mailed registrations)
April 21, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone)

April 21, 2020June 6, 2020

Register – May 8, 2020
See SAT Subject Tests available on this date
 
May 19, 2020 (for mailed registrations)
May 27, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone)

May 27, 2020

Tests

ACT Test Dates

2020 ACT Test Dates and Registrations

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 14, 2019 August 16, 2019 August 17-30, 2019
October 26, 2019 September 20, 2019 September 21-October 4, 2019
December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 9-22, 2019
February 8, 2020 January 10, 2020 January 11-17, 2020
April 4, 2020 February 28, 2020 February 29-March 13, 2020
June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 9-22, 2020
July 18, 2020* June 19, 2020 June 20-26, 2020

ACT Website

www.act.org

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SAT School Day

March 25, 2020

Score reporting for SAT School Day!

Parents and students have control over the release of the score to colleges and universities. If students and parents want an SAT score exam to be sent to colleges or universities, they must explicitly request a “score send” from Collegeboard. SAT score reporting does not effect a student who will be sending ACT scores to colleges. Please see your school counselor with any questions regarding ACT.

Information on Score Reporting and Cancellation