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Standardized Testing Information

Test Dates & Information

Most U.S. colleges and universities will require that both undergraduate and graduate students applying for admission take one or more standardized admission tests. They are intended to provide a common measure for comparing the abilities of students who come from a variety of educational backgrounds and institutions. Scores from these tests will be sent with your application packets, along with your college applications, essays, references, transcripts, work experience and other information you prepare for consideration.


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Attention Sophomores and Juniors: you are already registered to take a practice standardized test! The fall test date for the PSAT is Wednesday, October 16, 2019


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PSAT Study Guide


Students who want to apply to 4-year colleges should take at least one of the nationally recognized standardized tests called the ACT or SAT? Taking the PSAT will give you an idea of how you will perform on the SAT or ACT. Plus, CollegeBoard provides a breakdown of a student's results so that you can better prepare for the SAT or ACT.





ACT or SAT-Reasoning


ACT plus Writing OR


SAT-Reasoning AND (RECOMMENDED but not required) 2 SAT Subject Tests in 2 different subject areas: (especially for engineering majors). Visit the UC SAT Subject Tests website for recommendations for Fall UC applicants.


SAT Reasoning/Subject Tests

Registration Priority Deadline

Aug. 24, 2019

July 26, 2019

Oct. 5, 2019

Sept. 6, 2019

Nov. 2, 2019

Oct. 3, 2019

Dec. 7, 2019

Nov. 7, 2019

Mar. 14,  2020

Feb. 2019 TBD

May 2, 2020

Apr. 2019 TBD

June 6, 2020

 May 2020 TBD

For SATs register online at



ACT Dates

Registration Priority Deadline

July 13, 2019
June 14, 2019

Sept. 7, 2019

Aug. 2, 2019

Oct. 26, 2019

Sept. 20, 2019

Dec. 14, 2019

Nov. 8, 2019

Feb. 8, 2020

Jan. 2020 TBD

Apr. 4, 2020

Mar. 2020 TBD

June 13, 2020
May 2020 TBD

July 18, 2020

June 2020 TBD

For ACTs register online at



  • All SAT/ACT: tests must be completed by December for UC, CSU, & most other college admissions. 
  • PSAT: for sophomores & juniors is October 16, 2019; 8am -12pm 
  • SAT II tests no longer required, but are recommended for college admissions.

Additional Information:

  • Still focus on academics! Grades do count in the senior year.

  • Pay attention to the deadlines for all applications (admissions, housing, financial aid, scholarships etc...)

  • Be sure to send your SAT, SAT Subject test and/or ACT scores to the colleges you're applying to:

  • Many schools allow you to self-report your test scores. Know which schools allow you to self-report will save you money. All schools will ask for test score upon admittance.