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Testing: PSAT/ACT/SAT/Subject Tests

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Juniors:  Sign up for an ACT or SAT test as needed at the websites below.  Early registration is recommended to enable you to take the test at the closest available testing center.  Use your PSAT result to help you prepare!  To learn more, visit the College Board website.   Remember that due to COVID 19 issues, many colleges have altered their testing requirements for the Class of 2021 applicants.  See each college website to learn their current practice.  

Not a "test taker"?  Check the Fair Test website for some colleges who do not require ACT nor SAT testing.

PSAT - Offered on behalf of College Board at SRVHS once per year, typically in mid-October but for the 2020-21 school year will be offered at SRVHS on Jan. 26, 2021.  In 2019, SRVUSD offered the test to all 10th and 11th graders.  Watch for PSAT information from SRVHS.  The PSAT is also the National Merit Qualifying Test* for current juniors.  Test results may be viewed on line through a student's College Board account a month or so after the test.   (*Students who score in the top .5% of their state's test takers, typically enter into the National Merit Scholarship competition.  Google search 'NMSQT' for more information.)   

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 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 Test.org

 

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.

 

Preparing for the ACT or SAT tests
  • Preparing for the ACT or SAT tests:

  • The SRVHS College & Career Center has many different types of books that may be borrowed, to assist with preparation for these tests.  (Due to COVID 19, these books are not to borrow until further notice).  
  • SRVHS Academic Boosters offers some test prep options for interested students all year long. Pre-registration is required, so be sure to check the Academic Booster's Test Prep Calendar. These offerings are fundraisers for the AB organization.  Go to the Academic Boosters page on this website.  (go to home page, click on "Academics", "Academic Boosters", then "Test Prep".)
  • Khan Academy has partnered with College Board to offer free SAT test prep. Go to the College Board website to learn more. 
  • ACT offers free test prep on their website as well.  
  • There are many other free web based test prep tools to explore.  Find the one that supports you best!

VERY IMPORTANT:  Students must send scores from their ACT or SAT account directly to the colleges they are applying to during the college application process.  Test scores are not automatically sent (unless a student requested his/her score to be sent as one of the 4 free test reports when he/she registered for the ACT or SAT test).  See the testing website for more information on this process)