• A standardized test score is a key part of a college application at most colleges and universities.  It is also important for many scholarships.  Every college and university in the United States accepts both the ACT and the SAT.  This wasn't always the case, so sometimes someone may be under the impression that you have to take a specific test based on the school you're applying.  However, since 2007 every college and university in the country has accepted both tests, so that is no longer a concern.  The student should choose the test that better fits their academic strengths.  Some students may choose to take both to see how they do on each exam.  If a student has questions about which test to take they should speak with Guidance Counselor Mrs. Riggs or College Admissions Specialist, Ms. Nickolai.  
     
    About the ACT:
    Students should have dedicated study time for the ACT before taking the official test.   Students should plan to take the ACT in their Junior year, if not earlier.
    Students must register for the ACT in advance.  They can register by visiting http://www.actstudent.org/
    Once a student has registered for the test, there is a fee if they want to change their exam date.
    It is important that students attend the test once they register.
    All juniors will take an ACT test in-school during the month of April. 
     
    About the SAT:
    Students should have dedicated study time for the SAT before taking the official test.  Students should plan to take the SAT in their Junior year, if not earlier.
    Students must register for the SAT in advance.  They can register by visiting https://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-us-dates 
    Once a student has registered for the test, there is a fee if they want to change their exam date.
    It is important that students attend the test once they register. 
     
    About the PSAT:
    The PSAT is the practice test for the SAT and provides an indication of predicted success on the SAT.  The PSAT is advised for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.  Juniors taking the PSAT are eligible for scholarship opportunities based on their PSAT score.  For more about PSAT scholarships and recognition for 11th graders visit: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scholarships-and-recognition
    Students interested in taking the PSAT should register and pay the test fee to Guidance Counselor Mrs. Riggs. 
    During the 2015-2016 school year all 10th graders at Collegiate will take the PSAT for free on Oct. 14th.  A limited number of tests are available for 11th and 9th graders who have spoken to Mrs. Riggs to indicate interest.
     
     
    Fee Waivers:
    Students who are eligible for fee waivers receive a maximum of 2 fee waivers per test during their high school career.  No matter if the fee waiver is received through high school or a community organization, the maximum is still 2 fee waivers.  That means a student who is eligible for a fee waiver may receive 2 for the ACT, 2 for the SAT, and 2 for the SAT Subject Tests.
    Information about ACT fee waiver eligibility: http://www.actstudent.org/faq/feewaiver.html 
    Information about the SAT & SAT subject test fee waiver: https://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-fee-waivers 
    Students who believe they are eligible for a fee waiver should speak with Guidance Counselor Mrs. Riggs.