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Should I take the SAT or ACT?

Should I take the SAT or ACT?

This information is subject to change, but for the Class of 2022, the UC schools and CSU schools will be test blind. They will not consider your SAT/ACT scores even if you do submit them. Private and out-of-state public schools may require SAT/ACT scores or they might not. Check the admissions website of each college you are interested in.

Colleges have no preference of one test over the other, so you should take the exam that you can do better on. This is different for each student so it is recommended that you take both. Colleges will only consider your highest score.

What's the difference between the SAT and ACT?
(An article by Prep Scholar)

You need to study for at least 20 hours to improve your score.

Exam Costs:

SAT with essay $68.00*
ACT with essay $88.00*

*Fee waivers are available for some families with financial need. Print or pick up the eligibility form in the Career Center.

When should I take the SAT and/or ACT?

Sophomores: Take the PSAT to practice for the SAT

Juniors: In the fall, take the PSAT/NMSQT to practice for the SAT and potentially earn scholarship money.
In the spring, study and take the SAT and ACT and then retake the exam you prefer

Seniors: In the fall, if you want to improve your scores, study and retake the SAT or ACT

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