College Entrance Exams

       College entrance exams play a very important part in the whole college entrance experience. There are two college entrance exams: the SAT and the ACT. Deciding which one to take is something that should be researched and discussed with your counselor. Both are accepted at almost all colleges. ACT is the most common test taken in the Midwest.



Changes to ACT and SAT are coming.


ACT will be making some changes to the records reported to you and to the high school starting in the Fall of 2015. There will be enhancements to the optional writing test which will include additional scores. New readiness scores and indicators will be reported which will include a STEM score, a progress toward career readiness indicator, and English Language Arts score and an understanding complex text indicator. ACT will also remove social security numbers and so will not be reporting them. For more information go to,


The redesigned SAT, beginning in March of 2016 will contain several changes. It has been redesigned to measure the most important skills, knowledge, and understandings; to be fair to all students; and to model what students are learning in the best high school classrooms. Because the SAT assesses the content that matters most for college and career readiness, SAT scores provide meaningful information about a student’s likelihood of succeeding in college. The redesigned SAT includes an optional essay that allows students to engage in and demonstrate the deep critical reading, analysis, and writing skills they’ve learned in high school.  When students open their SAT test books in March 2016, they’ll encounter tests that are more focused and useful than ever before. The redesign of the SAT Suite of Assessments is centered on key content changes. For more information on the new test go to,

How to Prepare


      The best preparation for doing well on these tests is taking a strong curriculum in school. The more you read, the better your vocabulary is,and so on. The best way to prepare for entrance exams is having a good solid foundation in school and working your hardest in class. 


      Aside from that, the best thing a student can do is to become familiar with the test.  Understand what it looks like and what the time constraints are. There are many aids available to help you prepare for the test. At the bottom of this page are links to pages that offer information on the tests, ways to practice before you actually take the test, and the ACT and SAT websites. There are also ACT and SAT prep books available at the book store that give hints on taking the tests and provide practice exams. The high school will also offer ACT Prep opportunities, one through our advisory period and one in the evenings; pay attention to the announcements for more information.



     In  October, sophomores and  juniors  have the opportunity to sign up and take the PSAT - the Preliminary SAT.  This test not only serves as a practice test, but is also used as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.


When to take the ACT/SAT


It is generally recommended that students BEGIN taking the ACT and SAT in the first semester of their junior year. Students wishing to take college classes while in high school will need qualifying test scores and may need to take the ACT earlier.


Upcoming ACT tests

2017-2018 Test Dates (National)

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 9, 2017 August 4, 2017 August 5-18, 2017
October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017 September 23-October 6, 2017
December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 4-17, 2017
February 10, 2018* January 12, 2018 January 13-19, 2018
April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018 March 10-23, 2018
June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 5-18, 2018
July 14, 2018* June 15, 2018 June 16-22, 2018


     For more information on these exams, click on the links below.


ACT Prep Class by Carolyn Devane