What tests do I need to take to get into college?
Visit the website for the Universities/Colleges that you will be applying to in order to make sure you meet each university's/college's testing deadlines. Community Colleges do not require any entrance exams. However, you will be required to take math and English placement tests when you apply to determine your Math and English levels for course enrollment.
California State Universities (CSU's) require the SAT Reasoning with writing OR ACT with writing.
University of California schools (UC's) require the SAT Reasoning with writing OR ACT with writing. Also, two SAT Subject Tests are recommended or, in some programs, required. See the individual university websites for more detailed information. Some campuses prefer certain subject tests depending on campus and major.
Private Colleges and Universities: Most require the SAT Reasoning OR ACT; and most require the essay. See the individual website for each school's admission requirements. It is best to take the writing portion in case it is required. If it is not, it will not be considered and/or may count against you.
Highly Selective Private Colleges and Universities often also require at least one SAT Subject Tests. See individual school website for admission requirements. Some campuses prefer certain subject tests depending on major, etc.
If you are enrolled in an Advanced Placement (AP) course you it is strongly recommended that you take the AP test for that course in the spring. Advanced Placement tests are given here at SDSCPA and you will need to sign up during the registration period. For more information see your AP teacher and counselor.
The PSAT is the practice test for the SAT (Scholastic Achievement Test). It is offered one time a year in the fall. The test is given school-wide for all sophomores. Juniors may sign up during the registration window. Students will receive their test booklets back as well as a score report with information about ways to improve scores.
See the links below for information about the ACT test.
Which should I take? ACT and/or SAT? See handout from Noodle Pros: SAT-ACT Handout-NP.pdf
See the links below for information about the SAT tests.
Which should I take? ACT and/or SAT?
See handout from Noodle Pros: SAT-ACT Handout-NP.pdf
Here is an article that lists colleges using SAT Subject Tests in the admission process.
Test Prep Websites
Guide to Grammar and Writing
Test Prep Services
Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat
Wells Academic Solutions
University of San Diego
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Please note: California State University no longer requires a math placement exam (ELM) no English placement (EPT).
AWPE (UC Writing Requirement)
Analytical Writing Placement Examination
General Information and Preparation: