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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 3 years 4 years
e. Foreign 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 vs. ACT

What are the main differences between the SAT and the ACT?

The SAT is a problem solving, critical thinking based test consisting of three 800 point sections. Students are tested on their math, verbal and writing abilities. The SAT tests vocabulary much more than the ACT and is not entirely multiple choice. The maximum score is 2400 with a quarter point deducted for each wrong answer.

The ACT is primarily a content and curriculum-based exam consisting of math, reading, science reasoning and an optional writing section. The ACT math section includes trigonometry; the SAT does not. The maximum score is 36 points, with no penalties for guessing.

SAT ACT
  • Critical Reading, Math, Writing
  • Accepted nationally
  • Penalty for wrong answers
  • Math grid-ins
  • Basic Fee: $50.00*
  • Writing Essay: mandatory
  • Writing Essay: 25 min.
  • Prefect Score: 2400
  • All scores reported to colleges
* fee waiver available, see your counselor.
  • Science, Math, Reading, English (optional writing)
  • Accepted nationally
  • Curriculum-based
  • No penalty for guessing
  • All multiple-choice
  • Basic Fee: $35*
  • Writing Essay: Optional (add $15.50)
  • Writing Essay: 30 min.
  • Perfect Score: 36
  • Students choose best score to report to colleges
* fee waiver available, see your counselor.

SAT

When to take the SAT.

The best time to take the SAT is during the spring of your junior year. Many students also decide to take the SAT again in the fall of their senior year. Register at http://www.sat.org/register.

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

Test Dates 2014-15 Oct. 11 2014 Nov. 8 2014 Dec. 6 2014 Jan. 24 2015 Mar. 14 2015 May. 2 2015 Jun. 6 2015
Registration Deadlines              
Regular Sept 12 Oct 9 Nov 6 Dec 29 Feb 13 Apr 6 May 8
Late (fee) Sept 30 Oct 28 Nov 24 Jan 13 Mar 3 Apr 21 May 27

ACT

Sign up today. http://www.actstudent.org/start

ACT No Writing: $38.00*

ACT plus Writing: $54.50*

*If you cannot afford the test fee, ask your counselor if you are eligible for a fee waiver.

Test Dates 2014-15 Sept. 13 2014 Oct.  25    2014 Dec. 13 2014 Feb. 7   2015 Apr. 18 2015 June. 13 2015
Registration Deadlines            
Regular Aug. 8 Sept. 19 Nov. 7 Jan. 9 Mar. 13 May 8
Late (fee) Aug. 9-22 Sept. 20 - Oct. 3 Nov. 8-21 Jan. 10-16 Mar. 14-27 May 9-22