Frequently Asked Questions
Which test should I take?
Check the schools that interest you. If they have no preference, consider taking both the ACT and SAT to see which shows the higher score.
The formats are different, so you may find yourself more comfortable with one over the other and do better. See which works better for you.
When do I take the test?
The SAT and ACT are offered several times a year.
You can take the tests more than once. Take them the first time early in your junior year. This gives you time to take them again and try to improve your test scores.
How do I study for them?
The sooner you start preparing for the tests, the more prepared you will be when you take them.
There are many ways to prepare for the ACT or SAT, including books and study guides free online, practice tests and registration for emailed questions of the day.
FREE Prep for the SATs:
To start, visit http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/. You can register for a daily test question, review sample practice questions in math, reading, writing and SAT Subject Tests, or take a free practice test.
There is also https://www.khanacademy.org/ that provides extensive free SAT prep.
There are SAT study guides that can be purchased online or at your local bookstore. Before you buy any study guides, check with your school counselor, school library and local library to see if they have any copies you can borrow.
FREE prep for the ACT:
To start, visit http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/index.html. You can try some practice test questions, review the ACT question of the day and download or print a free student preparation booklet.
Do I have to pay for the SAT and ACT?
Yes, there is a registration fee. You can pay by credit card, check or money order. You will not get your money back if you don’t take the tests for whatever reason.
You may be eligible to receive a waiver that would allow you take the tests for free. If you feel you can’t afford the test fee, contact your College and Career Specialist.
How do I register?