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TESTING: ACT/SAT/PSAT Information
Do all colleges and universities require ACT or SAT scores?
Over 900 schools across the country DO NOT require ACT or SAT scores for admitting substantial numbers of students. A list of these schools can be found here. Be sure to check with each school's admissions office to learn more about specific admissions requirements.
*Note regarding Testing Accommodations:
Students who plan to request accommodations may need to begin the registration process much earlier in order to ensure documentation can be submitted by the deadline. Check the specific website for deadlines for accommodation requests.
- PSAT testing accommodation information
- ACT testing accommodation information
- SAT testing accommodation information
ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. The basic registration fee includes score reports for up to four college choices, if you list valid codes when you register.
The SAT is the most common college admissions test for four-year colleges on the East and West coasts.
SAT Subject Tests
Some schools require SAT subject tests. Check application requirements for schools you're interested in to see if these are necessary. Twenty different subject tests available. Best to take Subject tests right after you've finished that course.
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.
The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:
- Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
- See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
- Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
- Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.