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SAT / ACT Testing

Colleges will accept either the SAT or ACT. So how do you decide which one to take? It’s all about the numbers. Some students end up scoring substantially higher on the SAT; others do better on the ACT. For more information on the differences between the SAT and ACT, visit the Princeton Review Website.

SAT/ACT Optional 4-Year Universities

Several schools, including some with big names, are making standardized tests optional for admission. These schools do not require either the SAT or ACT, and don’t necessarily consider standardized test scores to be good representations of a student’s ability. These schools will still accept test scores, especially good ones. For a list of test-optional schools, visit the link below.

Test-Optional Colleges & Universities


The SAT Reasoning Test is a measure of the critical thinking skills you’ll need for academic success in college. The SAT assesses how well you analyze and solve problems. The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors and is administered by the College Board. For details about the SAT, visit the College Board website.

SAT Subject Tests

Subject Tests (formerly SAT II: Subject Tests) are designed to measure your knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as your ability to apply that knowledge.

Many colleges use the Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Used in combination with other background information (your high school record, scores from other tests such as the SAT Reasoning Test, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a dependable measure of your academic achievement and are a good predictor of future performance.

Some colleges specify the Subject Tests they require for admission or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take.

For a complete list of Subject Tests, dates and deadlines, visit the College Board website.


The ACT is a standardized test that measures a student’s skills in five core areas: English, Math, Reading, Science and Writing (optional). The ACT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors and is administered by ACT. For details about the ACT, visit the ACT website.

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