The University of California (UC) system is no longer requiring or considering SAT/ACT exams for admission purposes or scholarship consideration. They may, however, consider test scores as an alternative method of fulfilling minimum requirements for eligibility or for course placement after university enrollment.
The California State University (CSU) system is also no longer requiring or considering SAT/ACT exams for admission purposes.
Manyout of state and private colleges will remain "test optional."
Check Test Optional Colleges here: Fair Test
1. When should I take an ACT/SAT?
You should take the ACT and/or SAT at least once during your junior year of high school. Most students take their choice of test once or twice their junior year and once in the fall of their senior year. You have until December of your senior year to test. Exception: Early Action and Early Decision Programs
2. Which test should I take?
You should try to take the PSAT and PreACT to gain practice and to get a feel for both tests. If you are unable to take these practice tests, you can find free practice tests online at the College Board and ACT websites. These practice tests will help you to determine which test is right for you. See chart below to see the main structural differences.
ALL COLLEGES WILL ACCEPT EITHER TEST!
3. Do I have to take an ACT/SAT?
No. Many colleges have eliminated the requirement entirely or gone "test optional."
4. How many times can I take the SAT/ACT? Will the colleges see all my scores?
You can take these tests as many times as you would like, however it is the best strategy to prep well and test 2-3 times.
You get to decide what scores you send colleges.
5. Do I have to pay to take the ACT/SAT?
Yes, there is a registration fee. However, if you cannot afford to take the test come see us to check if you qualify for a fee waiver.
6. How long does it take to get my scores back?
7. How do I register for the ACT/SAT?
Register online at:
11. How do I prepare for the SAT/ACT?
Free Online SAT/ACT Prep
Naviance Online Test Prep Course - FREE (log in to your Naviance account and get started at any time)
Local Test Prep Companies
SVHS will be hosting the PSAT on Saturday, October 15, 2022 !
Due to a limited supply, sign-ups will begin for...
11th graders only : Monday, September 12th through Friday, September 16th.
10th graders can sign up on a first come, first served basis beginning on Monday, September 19th.
Sign-ups will end Monday, October 10th.
SVHS hosted the PreACT on Saturday, Jan 28th.
To sign-up, bring $25.00 cash or check (made out to SVHS) to Leigh Jones/Neelu Sangha in the front office between 8:00am and 3:15pm. Sorry, no refunds given in the case of cancellation.
What the PSAT/PreACT can offer you:
Measurement of reading, math reasoning, and writing skills critical for success in college
Less expensive practice for the SAT
Participation in Student Search service for information from colleges
Qualification for National Merit Scholarship program for Juniors
A detailed score report as a learning tool for improvement.
Begin preparation early and get diagnostic feedback on your skills by taking the PSAT.
PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test that students are encouraged to take in their Junior year. Some students take the exam in the Sophomore year. The PSAT is used to qualify 11th grade students for National Merit Scholarship program of recognition and college scholarships. The PSAT provides practice for the SAT, the college entrance qualifying exam.
See your Counselor if you have any further questions.