Dear Juniors–Here is a reminder about ACT and SAT tests. Note: Colleges don’t care which test you take/submit. We generally recommend you take each test once, and retake the one you liked best.
Planning to take the ACT on December 8?
Remember, you may want to pay an additional $20.00 for “Test Information Release.” This means you will receive a copy of your actual questions and answers with your test results. This would be particularly useful for students to prepare for the April or June ACT, which actually are normed for Juniors.
For the basic fee ($67.00, includes writing–$50.50 without writing) you can have your scores sent for “free” (no additional cost) to up to four (4) colleges, and up to two (2) more for $13.00 each. If you chose to wait to see your scores, you will have four days after taking the test to send the scores for “free;” otherwise you will end up paying $13.00 for each set of scores to each college, or more for priority delivery. It is then up to you to remember to send your scores to your colleges in time to arrive by the due dates.
Other ACT dates are February 9, 2019 (Register by January 11) April 13 (Register by March 8) June 8 (Register by May 3) and July 13 (Register by June 14). Remember, you don’t need to wait until the deadline to register!
We recommend that Juniors take their first SAT on March 9, 2019. The registration deadline for the March SAT is February 8. The cost is $64.50 for the entire test, which includes the Writing section—or $47.50 without writing. You can purchase “Questions and Answers” for this test for an additional $18.00. The $64.50/$47.50 fee includes 4 “free” score reports for 4 different colleges.
Other upcoming SAT dates are May 4 (Register by April 5) June 1 (Register by May 3) and August TBD.
We generally recommend taking 2 SAT II Subject Tests on the May or June test date (instead of the SAT on that date) when your subjects are fresh in your mind. You can take the same test subjects as your AP’s and you are preparing for final exams anyway. (Unless you are applying for Engineering, where generally colleges want Math 2 and either Chemistry or Physics) Not a lot of colleges require them but when they do, you can’t get around it. If you do well it can only help you, even when they are not required.
We strongly recommend that you go ahead and have your scores sent. Your colleges will always consider your highest score, but they MUST have one set of scores on record to have a complete application. It’s easy to forget and miss the early deadline (trust us, it has happened). Furthermore, once colleges get your scores, they will start a file for you and will note your interest in then.
A note about the writing portion: Several but not most colleges require the writing portion to be taken once. Since there is an additional fee for the writing portion (+$16.50 for the ACT; + $17.00 for the SAT) not to mention the extra time, etc. you probably will not want to take the writing portion more than once. It’s a good idea to take it once in case you want to apply to colleges that still require it (eg. all of the University of California colleges)
Don’t forget about the free Test Prep opportunities:
ACT Academy: https://academyact.org/ and
Finally, if you think you might qualify for a “FEE WAIVER” for these tests please stop by College Counseling and we can give you a guideline to see what the requirements are. If you do, you also have the ability to get a fee waiver for NCAA Clearinghouse, AP Exams, and college applications!
If you have questions about testing, just stop by College Counseling!
Patricia Bostwick, MA, LPC
Director of College Counseling