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College Testing Requirements

Many U.S. colleges require that undergraduate and graduate students submit standardized test scores as part of their application packages. Standardized tests provide a consistent way for a college to evaluate you and sometimes even help you choose the right courses.  


For information about which tests you should take, talk to your high school or college academic counselor, or to the admissions offices at the colleges you are interested in attending. 


The SAT measures your ability rather than knowledge. The 3 ¾-hour test contains three sections: writing, critical reading, and math. Most of the questions are multiple-choice.


Some colleges may also require you to take an SAT Subject Test. SAT Subject Tests measure your knowledge in specific subjects within five general categories: English, mathematics, history, science, and languages. Specific subjects range from English literature to biology to Modern Hebrew. SAT Subject Tests are primarily multiple-choice, and each lasts one hour.


Both the SAT and SAT Subject Tests are offered several times a year at locations across the country. The College Board provides detailed information about the SAT and SAT Subject Tests, including information about preparing to take the test, what to take with you on test day, and understanding your scores.


*Will take Junior Year

Like the SAT, the ACT is accepted by almost all colleges and universities. But instead of measuring how you think, the ACT measures what you’ve learned in school.


The ACT consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, reading, mathematics, and science. If your college requires a writing test, you can take the ACT Plus Writing, which includes a writing test in addition to the other four tests. These tests are offered several times a year at locations (usually high schools and colleges) across the country.

2018-2019 ACT Test Dates (National)

Test Date                     Registration Deadline        Late Fee Required

September 8, 2018          August 12, 2018                       August 13-26, 2018


October 27, 2018             September 28, 2018                Sep 29-Oct 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 14, 2019                            June 15-24, 2019

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