College Admissions Testing
Most four-year colleges and universities will accept the ACT or SAT for their admissions testing, and do not have a preference of one over the other. SAT and ACT testing is also useful for some scholarships. Most two-year colleges do not require an ACT or SAT.
What's the difference?
The SAT and ACT differ slightly, and have different styles. Oftentimes students prefer or do better on one test over the other. There are many options for test dates, and taking both tests and/or practice tests may help students decide which they are more comfortable with. For more information on the difference between the tests, go to https://blog.prepscholar.com/act-vs-sat.
SAT: The SAT is run by CollgeBoard. You can find tons of information, SAT test prep resources, and more through their website.
The cost for the SAT is $47.50; if you take the SAT with essay, the cost is $64.50.
To register for the SAT, go here: https://account.collegeboard.org/login/login?idp=ECL&appId=115&DURL=https%3A//nsat.collegeboard.org/satweb/login.jsp, log into or register for an account, and complete the registration information. Make sure to bring your admission ticket on the day of your SAT!
The ACT is run by act.org. You can find tons of information, ACT test prep resources, and more through their website.
The cost for the ACT is $50.50; if you take the ACT with essay, the cost is $67.00.
To register for the ACT, go here: https://services.actstudent.org/OA_HTML/actibeCAcdLogin.jsp?adobe_mc=MCMID%3D60093358735831177680509005906168481930%7CMCORGID%3D06E7EB4D5537B6B80A4C98A5%2540AdobeOrg%7CTS%3D1538165506879#_ga=2.113562691.571937112.1538165363-170912406.1536170863, log into or register for an account, and complete the registration information. Make sure to bring your admission ticket on the day of your ACT!
Any student who would like help registering for the SAT or ACT is welcome to come to the Future Planning Center, and ask Miss Whiting for help registering!
There are many resources available for SAT and ACT Test Prep!
- SOU ($240 for 8 sessions) - Feb 11-27th. Register at http://inside.sou.edu/youth
- Kim Marie Murphey ($500 for 9 sessions, $250 for 3 sessions, or $65/hr for private sessions) - Email for more information or to enroll: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Eric Danson ($695 for 11 sessions). For more information or to regsiter visit: http://www.futurefocuseducation.com/group-classes/
Test Prep Books:
- The Library has many different styles of test prep books available for students to check out. See Miss Whiting or Brenda for information about them.
- To Purchase: http://www.bigwords.com/ has many resources to find affordable SAT or ACT Prep books to own.
- Khan Academy has full-length SAT practice tests, SAT Math practice, SAT Reading and Writing practice, and SAT Tips & Strategies. Find these resources here: https://www.khanacademy.org/
- CollegeBoard has full-length SAT practice tests, SAT prep resources, a Daily Practice App, and resources for starting an SAT Study Group. Find these resources here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice
- ACT Student has their Rapid Review (programs ranging from $40 - $99), or an online test prep for $39.95.
- Discover Business has many online resources for SAT (https://www.discoverbusiness.us/resources/sat/) and ACT (https://www.discoverbusiness.us/resources/act/)
- Chegg has many online resources for SAT (https://www.chegg.com/test-prep/free-resources/sat) and ACT (https://www.chegg.com/test-prep/free-resources/act)
When to test?
We encourage most Juniors to take the SAT and/or ACT during late Spring (April, May, June) of their Junior year. We also encourage Seniors to re-take the exam(s) Fall (October, November) of their Senior year. Allowing yourself enough time to take and re-take the exam will help you feel more prepared and will likely help you boost your test scores!
Students who meet the following criteria may be eligible for a Fee Waiver.
- Eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch
- Enrolled in a TRiO or College Dreams program
- Family receives public assistance
- Live in federally subsidized public housing, in a foster home, or is homeless
- A ward of the state or an orphan
These Fee Waivers are free and cover the entire cost of the SAT and/or ACT tests twice.
Phoenix High School offers the PSAT for all Sophomores for free Fall of their sophomore year. Juniors are also able to take the PSAT again in the fall.
Cost of the Junior exam is $16.00, which can be paid in smaller portions.
The PSAT is an excellent way to prepare for the SAT, get an idea of what the exam will look and feel like, and get a measure of your strengths and weaknesses in order to improve. Students who take the PSAT as Sophomores and Juniors generally feel more comfortable and may perform better on the SATs and even ACTs.
More information on the PSAT, visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10.
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB):
The ASVAB is a multiple-choice test used to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces. It contains 8-9 sections and may be used to measure liklihood for success in a variety of occupations. While often used prior to Military enlistment, it may also be used for career aptitude as well.
For more information on the ASVAB, go to http://official-asvab.com/index.htm.
The College Advisor schedules the ASVAB tests at Phoenix High School, so see Miss Whiting in the Future Planning Center for more information about upcoming tests.