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College Admissions: ACT and SAT

The ACT and the SAT are college admissions tests required by most colleges.  Most college admissions committees will evaluate your application based on your best single-session score, so don't hesitate to send scores from multiple test days.  For those of you who don't test well, you'll be glad to know that there are colleges that are test-optional ~ you may still need to take an SAT or ACT, but the score is not a critical piece of your application.

We receive scores electronically and upload them into Naviance; however, if you don't see your score you can let Mrs. Clifton know and he/she can add them for you.


Register online at
Cost is $67 (plus Writing).
Fee waivers are available for students who receive Free or Reduced Lunch.  See your counselor for a waiver.
  • September 8, 2018 
  • October 27, 2018
  • December 8, 2018
  • February 9, 2019
  • April 13, 2019
  • June 8, 2019
  • ​July 13, 2019

Beginning September 2015, the ACT is undergoing minor changes with an enhanced writing test and additional scores on the score report.  
  • Find more information, including a sample prompt, here.


Register online at
Cost is $64.50 (including the essay)
Fee waivers are available for students who receive Free or Reduced Lunch.  See your counselor for a waiver.
  • October 6, 2018 
  • November 3, 2018
  • December 1, 2018 
  • March 9, 2019 
  • May 4, 2019 
  • June 1, 2019

SAT Subject tests may be required or encouraged for admission to some universities.  Find more information here.


PSAT: A practice SAT

The PSAT provides practice for the SAT and qualifies students with high enough scores for National Merit competitions.  The PSAT will be administered to FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORES, and JUNIORS on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at China Spring during the school day.  We strongly advise juniors to register to take this test.
PSAT scores from the October test are released to students electronically via email.  Students will receive an email in December 2017 with a link and access code.  Scores will also be uploaded in Naviance.  Watch a short video to understand how to read your score report.

In addition to providing practice for the SAT, scores on the PSAT can qualify students for the National Merit scholarship competition.  National Merit Semifinalists are announced in September.  Approximately 1.5 million students in about 22,000 high schools take the PSAT.  Of those students, about 16,000 are named National Merit Semifinalists and about 34,000 earn Commended designation. 
Need help deciding whether or not to take the PSAT, click here to read the benefits. Extra Practice for PSAT


Need Extra Help?????

Below are links to places that offer additional support for prepping for the PSAT/SAT & ACT. Also, you may use the test prep in your Naviance account as well! 
Free SAT Prep through Khan Academy

Sylvan Learning Center

Sylvan Learning Center offers free practice tests for ACT and SAT.
Sylvan Learning Center of Waco
5016 W. Waco Drive Waco TX, 76710
254.772.8811 |Office
Not sure which test to take??? See a break down of the difference.