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All U.S. colleges will accept either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT with Writing.  Students do not have to take both tests, but it is often helpful because you may find that you perform better on one test or the other.  It is also recommended to take each test more than once in order to improve your scores as you become more comfortable with the exam. Therefore, students should begin taking the exams during the spring of their junior year.

SAT REASONING TEST

Register at www.collegeboard.org.

Test dates are offered seven times during the school year at multiple locations.  The cost is $52.50 and allows you to send your scores to four schools for free at that time.  If you need to send your scores to additional schools, the College Board charges $11.25 per school.  If you plan on applying to CSU (California State University) schools, you can send your scores to all 23 schools by using code 3594.  This code will appear as CSU Mentor Long Beach.  You can send your SAT score to all 9 UC (University of California) campuses by sending it to one UC school and the entire UC system will then have your score in the database.

Fee waivers:  Students receiving free or reduced lunch are allowed one free SAT Reasoning Test during junior year and one free test during senior year.  See your counselor for a fee waiver.  You must use the fee waiver before the standard registration deadline.

The SAT test must be taken no later than November of senior year for most CSU schools, including SDSU.  (Check the school’s website to find out if they will accept the December test). The SAT test must be taken no later than December for the UC schools.

ACT WITH WRITING

Register at www.act.org.

Test dates are offered five times during the school year at multiple locations.  The cost is $54.50 and allows you to send your scores to four schools for free at that time.  If you need to send scores to additional schools, the charge is $12 per school.  If you send your score to one CSU campus, you can then use the ACT Scores Manager feature of the CSU mentor website to release your scores to additional CSU campuses. You can send your ACT score to all 9 UC campuses by sending it to one UC school and the entire UC system will then have your score in the database.

Fee waivers:  Students receiving free or reduced lunch are allowed one free ACT Test during junior year and one during senior year.  See your counselor for a fee waiver.  If you use the fee waiver after the standard registration deadline, you will need to pay a late fee.

The ACT test must be taken no later than November of senior year for most CSU schools, including SDSU.  (Check the school’s website to find out if they will accept the December test). The December test will be accepted by UC schools.

SAT SUBJECT TESTS

SAT Subject Tests are not required for admission to CSU or UC schools.  However, they may be required for admission to specific majors.  For example, if you plan to major in engineering, many schools require a science and math II subject test to demonstrate proficiency.  Many private schools require subject tests as well.  Even when not required, competitive universities may recommend subject tests, meaning it will affect admissions decisions.  Please check with your prospective school.  You can take three subject tests on the same day (for a total of $74 - $84), however not on the same day as the reasoning test.  If you receive free or reduced lunch, see your counselor for a fee waiver.

Grossmont High School's Testing Code is:

051110