College Admissions Exams

College Entrance Exams
College admissions exams are standardized tests that are used by postsecondary institutions (4 year universities) for the purpose of admissions. In the United States the most widely used admissions exams are the SAT and ACT. Students can help to prepare themselves for the SAT and ACT by taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT). 
The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support, and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century.


When taken in the 9th and 10th grades, the PSAT can help students identify areas of strength, areas of needed improvement, and help them to see how much they have grown academically. As an 11th grader, students who take the PSAT and score well enough can qualify for a number of merit based scholarships.

Juniors with FREE/REDUCED lunch can request a fee waiver at the Student Bank. Limited quantities available. Dates for the 2020 school year have not been determined by College Board. Please follow this page in the future for updates

The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in:

English Mathematics Reading Science

The ACT with writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 40-minute writing test.

ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the US.




Fee Waiver Program:

Fee waivers now available to SENIORS with proof of free/reduced lunch.  Come by the Counseling Office with your proof and any counselor can assist you in receiving a waiver. Fee waivers are available to JUNIORS(semester 2 ONLY)
Fee waivers for JUNIORS not available until the January test date. Please see your counselor with proof of free/reduced lunch in December to get your fee waiver.
Please note that you are only eligible to receive 2 fee waivers per examination during your junior and senior year combined.
i.e. Two (2) for the SAT I, two (2) for the SAT II (subject exam) and two (2) for the ACT.  If you would like to take it for a third time you will need to pay on your own.
Once students receive their fee waiver they will need to visit the test site to register online. You will be asked to upload a picture to complete your registration.

Early Assessment Program

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is a collaborative effort among the State Board of Education (SBE), the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California State University (CSU). The program was established to provide opportunities for students to measure their readiness for college-level English and mathematics in their junior year of high school, and to facilitate opportunities for them to improve their skills during their senior year.
The goal of the EAP program is to have California high school graduates enter the CSU fully prepared to begin college-level study.
Meeting the standard can help you avoid the need for additional testing and developmental courses upon entering the California State University or California Community College.
Taken from the CSUMentor site
Test Prep Options:
Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT
FAQ's regarding the OLD and the NEW SAT:
From UC