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.



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 14, 2019 
  • October 26, 2019
  • December 14, 2019
  • February 8, 2020
  • April 4, 2020
  • June 13, 2020
  • ​July 18, 2020


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 5, 2019 
  • November 2, 2019
  • December 7, 2019 
  • March 14, 2020 
  • May 2, 2020 
  • June 6, 2020

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 16th, 2019 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 2019 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