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Testing Resources


SAT code for CSUs--3594

SAT code for UCs--send to one and they will all have access


ACT code for CSUs--send to one and they will all have access

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Required Standardized Tests

Many 4-year colleges require students to take an SAT or ACT by December of their senior year, but it is recommended that they complete it by spring of their junior year.


The PSAT is a practice SAT offered once a year in October.  It is recommended that sophomores and juniors take the PSAT.  Advantages of the PSAT include receiving score breakdown sheets where students can see the test questions and analyze their strengths and areas for improvement.  PSAT scores also qualify juniors for the National Merit Scholarship.  

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 Currently, the SAT I has three sections, with a total of 1600 points: Mathematics (up to algebra 2), Critical Reading, and Writing section.  The SAT format and scoring changed, effective Spring of 2016. Essay section will become optional and reported separately (scale of 2-8). Math and Evidence Based Reading and Writing scores are combined on a 400-1600 scale

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Comprised of 4 sections for a total composite score of 36: verbal reasoning, writing (optional), math, and science reasoning

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Although UC's no longer require SAT II subject tests, it may still be recommended for specific majors.  Additionally, some private colleges require students to complete 2 of the SAT II subject tests. Exams must be in different disciplines and completed by December of senior year.

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