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Most colleges require that you take an entrance exam. Check with the colleges you are interested in attending to find out which exams are necessary. A number of colleges do not require the SAT or ACT as a component of admission. Please refer to www.fairtest.org/university/optional to find these colleges.

Should you take the SAT, the ACT, or both? Take this quiz.


The best preparation for college entrance exams is exactly what you are already doing, being an attentive student. Enriching your vocabulary, reading widely, writing frequently, and practicing math concepts is your best approach. Although professional test preparation is available, research shows that taking a prep class does not guarantee that your score will increase significantly. We suggest you study on your own the first time you take the test, then reevaluate your studying options after receiving your first scores. Do not wait until a week before you take the exam.

Suggested NO or LOW COST ways to practice:

Suggested Books:

  • The Real ACT Prep Guide: The Only Guide to Include 3 Real ACT Tests, Author: ACT.org
  • The Official SAT Study Guide, Author: The College Board
  • The Official SAT Subject Tests (a separate book for each subject), Author: The College Board



Each SAT Subject Test covers a subject you may study in high school or are skilled in based on personal background (for example, if you are fluent in a language other than English). Only a limited number of colleges or majors require Subject Tests. While SAT Subject Tests are not required for UC admission, some campuses recommend that students vying for slots in competitive majors take the tests to demonstrate subject proficiency.

SAT Dates 2018-2019

March 9th Register by Feb 8
May 4th Register by Apr 5
June 1st  Register by May 3
August 24th Register by Jul 26

Register at www.collegeboard.org

ACT Dates 2018-2019

February 9th Register by Jan 11
April 13th Register by Mar 8
June 8th Register by May 3
July 13th Register by June 14
Sept 7th Register by August 2

Register at www.act.org