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College Entrance Exams
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College Entrance Exams

PSAT/NMSQT:  (Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)

The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) is administered nationally in October to juniors and sophomores. Juniors who take the test can qualify with their scores for the National Merit Scholarship Program.  


SAT: (Scholastic Aptitude Test):

An admissions test is required by most 4-year colleges the SAT is one of the test students can take. This test, in particular, is 3 hours and 45 minutes. The test measures the material below:

  • Mathematical ability
  • Critical reading
  • Writing

2018 - 2019 SAT Administration Dates and Deadlines



SAT Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

August 25, 2018

July 27, 2018

August 15, 2018

October 6, 2018

September 7, 2018

September 26, 2018

November 3, 2018

October 5, 2018

October 24, 2018

December 1, 2018

November 2, 2018

November 20, 2018

March 9, 2019

February 8, 2019

February 27, 2019

May 4, 2019

April 5, 2019

April 24, 2019

June 1, 2019

May 3, 2019

May 22, 2019



SAT Subject Test:

There is 20 SAT Subject Test in 5 general areas:

  • English
  • History
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Science

The subject test will test the knowledge of a given area. The tests are given six times a year on the same day of the SAT.

To learn more about the SAT Subject test visit .


ACT (American College Test):

An admissions test is required by most 4-year colleges the ACT is one of the test students can take. This test, in particular, is 3 hours. The test measures the material below:

  • English
  • Mathematical ability
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Writing (optional) – CSU, UC and many private and out-of-state colleges require this (it’s important to see if the colleges you are applying to require the written portion of the test)

2018 ACT Test Dates (National)


Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 8, 2018** August 10, 2018 August 11-26, 2018
October 27, 2018 September 28, 2018 September 29-October 14, 2018
December 8, 2018 November 2, 2018 November 3-19, 2018
February 9, 2019* January 11, 2019 January 12-18, 2019
April 13, 2019 March 8, 2019 March 9-25, 2019
June 8, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 4-20, 2019
July 13, 2019* June 14, 2019 June 15-24, 2019




AP (Advanced Placement):

AP exams are given in May. Scoring a 3, 4 or 5 will often enable a student to receive college credit.

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