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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 Test Date and Deadlines


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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 Options

PowerPrep ACT Prep Sessions with Carolyn Devane
October 17, 2019 at ACHS Library
8:30 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.
Online Registration ($55)


WSU ACT Prep Workshops

Put on by the WSU Counseling and Testing Center.

Register for ACT Prep or Math Only ACT Prep Workshops
All workshop dates are on Saturdays
*ACT Prep: 8 a.m. to noon
ACT Math: 9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $32 for ACT Prep / $25 for ACT Math

Click here for dates and registration information

Helpful Study Tools

ACT Sites SAT Sites PSAT Sites