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College Entrance Tests

As you prepare for college, you'll take at least one or more of the following college entrance exams. Admission requirements vary from school to school. Seek advice from your prospective school when deciding which test to take. (YOU MUST TEST BY DECEMBER) If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, go to the College Counseling Office for a fee waiver.


PSAT/NMSQT

PSAT/NMSQT - usually taken during your junior year, though you may wish to take it sooner for practice.

    The test is split up into three different sections. You’ll have 60 minutes to answer 47 reading questions, 35 minutes to answer 44 writing questions/tasks and 70 minutes on 48 math questions. Like the new SAT, you will not penalized for wrong answers — or for guessing, essentially. Not used to determine college admissions; intended to help students prepare for the SAT. Same format as the SAT, but shorter – a test of verbal and mathematical reasoning.

SAT Reasoning Test

SAT Reasoning Test - usually taken spring of your junior year and fall of your senior year. 2017-2018 Test Dates and Deadlines.

    Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; 200 to 800 for Math; 2 to 8 on each of three dimensions for essay. Essay results reported separately. The test is split up into three different sections. You’ll have 65 minutes to answer 52 reading questions, 35 minutes to answer 44 writing questions/tasks, 80 minutes on 58 math questions and 50 minutes for the essay.

    SAT Subject Tests - Entrance requirements vary from college to college. Consult your guidance counselor or college admissions representative to determine which tests you should take. For more information and to register go to Collegeboard.

    Practice test available on Collegeboard website, links on this website or you can pickup a workbook from any College & Scholarship office.

YOU MUST REQUEST SCORES TO BE SENT TO THE COLLEGES WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR THE TEST. This can save you money!

Send your scores to colleges you will be applying to

SAT: Collegeboard.org
Send to ONE CSU For example, CSU Stanislaus (4713) and all CSU campuses will share scores
Send to ONE UC For example, UC Merced (4129) and all UCs will share scores

ACT Test

ACT Test - usually taken spring of your junior year and fall of your senior year.

    Three-hour exam; 215 questions; measures achievement in English, math, reading and science. The ACT Plus includes an optional 40-minute writing test. Scores on each section are averaged to create a composite score. Perfect score is 36. Students in the Midwest and South generally take the ACT.

    YOU MUST REQUEST SCORES TO BE SENT TO THE COLLEGES WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR THE TEST. This can save you money!

    ACT: actstudent.org

    Send your scores to colleges you will be applying to.

    Send to ONE CSU and ONE UC.
    For example, CSU Stanislaus (0435) and all 23 CSU campuses will share scores.
    UC Merced (0450) and all UCs will share scores.

    Comparing ACT Scores for Admission to University of CA

    COMPARING SAT SCORES FOR ADMISSION TO UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS

    ACT vs SAT