College Admission Tests

  • You have options! All U.S. colleges accept the SAT and the ACT.

    The SAT and ACT are offered several times a year. At least half of all students take the SAT and/or ACT twice — in the spring of their junior year and in the fall of their senior year. Most students improve their score the second time they take it.

    Fee Waivers are available to students that demonstrate financial need (free and reduced lunch) for both tests. Visit your counseling office for testing schedules, test centers, and fee waivers. 

    What is the difference between the ACT and SAT?


    • Multiple choice tests that measure what a student has learned in English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test.
    • Score is based on the number of correct answers with no penalty for wrong answers.
    • Perfect score 36

    2015-2016 ACT Test Dates & Deadlines:
    ACT Test DateRegistration Deadline
    September 12, 2015
    August 7, 2015
    October 24, 2015
    September 18, 2015
    December 12, 2015
    November 6, 2015
    February 6, 2016   
    January 8, 2016   
    April 9, 2016March 4, 2016
    June 11, 2016May 6, 2016
    Register for the ACT


    • Critical thinking/reasoning test with 3 components—critical reading, writing, and mathematics.
    • Score is based on the numbers of correct answers with a correction (deduction) for wrong answers.
    •  Perfect score 2400.
    • For the SAT Subject Tests™, most students take them toward the end of their junior year or at the beginning of their senior year. In general, you should take tests such as World History, Biology E/M, Chemistry or Physics as soon as possible after completing the course in the subject. Students tend to do better on other tests like languages after at least two years of study. Check with your college to see if a subject test is required.
    FREE SAT & PSAT at Highline Public Schools 
     Test Date Grade(s)
     PSATOctober 14, 2015 10 and 11
     SATMarch 2, 2016 11


    2015-2016 SAT Test Dates & Deadlines:                                                                                                                                                       
    SAT Test Date Registration Deadline
    October 3, 2015 September 3, 2015
    November 7, 2015 October 9, 2015
    December 5, 2015 November 5, 2015
    January 23, 2016 December 28, 2015
    March 5, 2016 February 5, 2016
    May 7, 2016 April 8, 2016
    June 4, 2016  May 5, 2016
    Register for the SAT

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