Students, if you are considering attending a four-year university directly out of high school, high test scores on the SAT and/or ACT may help win you admission into highly competitive schools, and/or academic scholarships in state universities. If you are a strong athlete who is interested in athletic scholarships, many schools who may be “looking at you” will also be looking at your SAT and ACT test scores, so start preparing early. Note that since COVID, some schools have gone “test-optional” and are no longer requiring the SAT or ACT, while others have resumed this requirement.
If you are planning to attend a community college (like Cochise College), you do NOT need to take the SAT or ACT.
Best time to test:
-Take the PSAT or ACT Prep as early as your sophomore year and then again in your junior year.
-Take the SAT and/or ACT in the Spring of your junior year, ideally, or in the second semester of Algebra II
- It is recommended to keep practicing and to test again in the summer of your junior year and in the fall of your senior year at least, though you may test earlier. Note that you may only qualify for a fee waiver in your junior or senior year
SAT General Info:
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SAT Subject Tests:
SAT Subject Tests were college admission exams on specific subjects. Highly competitive schools generally required 2 subject tests, but in-state universities do not. It was considered best to choose the tests that best showcased your strengths and interests. Subject tests are no longer offered, however, through College Board. See the link below for more info:
ACT General Info:
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