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


ACT Student Website:

SAT Student Website:

Comparing the ACT & SAT



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

2018-2019 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 15, 2019 June 15-24, 2019

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. Below are links to pages that offer information on the tests and ways to practice before you actually take the test. 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.

ACT Prep Class by Carolyn Devane

PowerPrep ACT Prep Sessions—Students may register for any of the sessions offered below (ACHS or AHS)  

October 11, 2018 ACHS – 5:50pm-9:50pm Online Registration ($55) Paper Registration ($45)
December 5, 2018 AHS – 5:50pm-9:50pm Online Registration ($55)  Paper Registration ($45)
January 23, 2019 ACHS – 5:50pm-9:50pm Online Registration ($55)  
April 10, 2019 AHS – 5:50pm-9:50pm Online Registration ($55)  

Helpful Study Tools

ACT Sites SAT Sites PSAT Sites