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College Admissions & Testing

College Entrance Requirements

Subject Required Recommended
a. Social Science 2 years  
b. English 4 years  
c. Math 3 years 4 years
d. Laboratory Science 2 years 3 years
e. World Language 2 years 3 years
f. Visual & Performing Arts (same discipline) 1 year  
g. College Prep Electives 1 year  

5 Things You Need to Know About College Admission

from BigFuture by the College Board

1) You can get in. Really!

College Admission isn't as competitive as you might think. Fewer than 100 colleges in the U.S. are highly selective, which means they accept less than 25 percent of applicants. Close to 55 four-year colleges accept more than 75 percent of applicants. And open-admission colleges accept all or most high school graduates.

2) You are more than test scores.

Colleges care most about the work you've done in high school. They look for students who have earned strong grades in challenging courses. They also try to learn bout your character by looking at what you do outside the classroom. Take advantage of opportunities like the application essay and college interview to show a more complete picture of who you are.

3) You are in charge.

This is your big future- you're in the driver's seat. Stay focused on what's important to you and what you want to get out of the college experience. College Planning can feel overwhelming at times, but if you take charge and stay focused on your goals, you can make it work for you.

4) You are unique.

You should base your choice on how well a college fits your needs. Don't worry about how it's ranked on a list or how famous it is. The effort you put in and the opportunities you take advantage of once you get there matter more than the colleges you go to. Once you graduate from college, your achievements and skills matter most.

5) You are not in this alone.

Family, your counselor, and teachers are a great resource. Discuss your plans to go to college with them and ask for help and advice. Make an appointment with your school counselor to talk about the application process, colleges that will suit you and options for financial aid.

What Now?

To learn more about applying to college, read Applying to College: FAQs from BigFuture by the College Board.

SAT or ACT

When to take the SAT or ACT.

The best time to take the SAT or ACT is during the spring of your junior year. Many students also decide to take the SAT/ACT again in the fall of their senior year. Register for the SAT, visit the College Board website HERE. To register for the ACT, visit the ACT website HERE

* If you cannot afford the test, see your counselor to see if you're eligible for a fee waiver.

SAT vs. ACT

Structure and Timing SAT ACT
Testing time 3 hours
+ 50-minute essay (optional)
2 hours 55 minutes
+ 40-minute essay (optional)
Structure 3 tests + optional essay 4 tests + optional writing test
Number of questions 154 215
Time per question 1 minute, 10 seconds 49 seconds
Score range

Composite 400–1600 (SAT Essay: reported in

3 dimensions, each 2–8)

Composite 1–36 (writing domain scores: 2–12)
Test length and timing

Reading Test
65 minutes
52 questions

 

Writing and Language Test
35 minutes
44 questions

 

Math Test
80 minutes
58 questions

Reading Test
35 minutes
40 questions

 

English Test
45 minutes
75 questions

 

Math Test
60 minutes
60 questions

 

Science Test
35 minutes
40 questions

Cost $46; $60 with essay $46; $62.50 with writing