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College Testing, AP, & Prep

All ACT and SAT administrations at Terra Linda High School for August, September, and October, and for the foreseeable future, are canceled, due to the pandemic, in order to protect the health and safety of student test-takers coming from a multi-county area throughout the state, proctors and other school employees, and their family and friends.  We will post information here when we are able to resume.  We thank you for your understanding.  TLHS students, your counselors and the CCC/College and Career Center staff are here to help you with your college list and applications; you will still have plenty of excellent choices!

 

Please review our Planning Checklist and Curriculum Guide for more information regarding college testing requirements and timelines. 

In most years, many four-year colleges require freshman applicants to take the ACT or SAT. In those cases, we recommend that students take the PSAT in October of sophomore and junior years (the next one is scheduled for October 14, 2020), and the ACT and/or SAT in spring of junior year; most students will then retake an ACT or SAT in the fall of senior year (generally November at latest). Check with each prospective college to confirm its testing requirements.

Students who are planning to attend community college after high school are not required to complete the ACT or SAT, but must take placement tests in English and Mathematics at the campus they decide to attend.  

The ACT had planned to allow for retakes of individual sections, so that students would not need to sit for an entire makeup exam, but on June 18 they announced the cancelation of this option.  

Take an SAT/ACT Diagnostic test such as the one below for more insight into which test is best suited to you.

SAT Subject Tests are not required by any colleges, though many colleges recommend them. 

Note that due to COVID-19, the March 14, May 2, and June 6 SAT have been canceled; the August 29 SAT is the next exam date still scheduled.  The April 4 ACT was postponed at some sites until June 13, and the administration of the June 13 ACT was officially canceled on Friday, May 29.  Both the ACT and SAT were working on potential additional test dates in the fall, and/or online/at-home versions, though on June 2 the SAT's online/at-home version was canceled

In addition, on May 21 the UC's announced that they will never again require an ACT or SAT: test scores will be optional for the Class of 2021 and 2022; not accepted for California students for 2023 and 2024; and then they will either have an alternative UC assessment in place for 2025 and beyond, or rely on a combination of "high school grades and a dozen other factors in its comprehensive review system."  

The CSU's announced on April 17 that they have also eliminated their testing requirements for the Class of 2021.  

The same is true for a growing list of many other colleges adding this new policy just since March, below (some of which are extending this policy for three years, up to the high school Class of 2023):

* examples in California include (in addition to the UC's and CSU's): CalTech, Chapman, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, LMU/Loyola Marymount, Pomona, Redlands, Santa Clara, Scripps, and USC (note: Cal Lutheran, Dominican, Mills, Occidental, Pitzer, USD, USF, and Whittier already were test-optional)

* other Western states: the University of Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, BYU, Colorado College, the University of Denver, Evergreen State, Ft. Lewis, the University of Hawai'i-Manoa, Hawai'i-Pacific, the College of Idaho, the University of Idaho, Idaho State, Lewis & Clark, the University of Montana, Montana State, Northern Arizona, UNLV, Nevada-Reno, New Mexico, the University of Oregon, Oregon State, Portland State, Puget Sound, Reed, Seattle U, the University of Utah, and the University of Washington, Washington State, Western Washington, and Willamette already were test-optional)

* elsewhere in the country: Amherst, Auburn, Babson, Baylor, Boston U, Bradley, Brown, Carleton, Carnegie Mellon, Centre, Colgate, Columbia (of NY), Cooper Union, Cornell (of NY), Dartmouth, Davidson, Delaware, Drexel, Duke, Elon, Emory, Fordham, Georgetown, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Grinnell, Hamilton, Harvard, Haverford, IIT/Illinois Inst. of Tech, Iowa, Johns Hopkins, Kentucky, Lehigh, Louisville, Loyola-New Orleans, Macalester, Maine, Manhattan, Maryland, UMass, Miami (of FL), Miami (of OH), Michigan (for some; check their website!), Middlebury, MIT, North Carolina, Northeastern, Northwestern, Oberlin, Ohio State U, Ohio U, Oklahoma, Olin, Penn, Princeton, Rhodes, Rice, RIT, RPI, St. Louis U, SMU, Spelman, Stevens Inst., Swarthmore, Syracuse, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Trinity (of TX), Tufts, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Vassar, Vermont, Villanova, Virginia, Wellesley, William & Mary, Williams, Wooster, and Yale.

And here is the complete list of over 1,400 accredited 4-year colleges with test-optional policies for Fall 2021, many of which have been test-optional for years.  

We will post further updates here as they become available.  But students please do check with your individual colleges on their websites, and read the emails they send to you; some of the colleges you choose to apply to - of course you do not have to apply to them - may still be requiring an ACT or SAT when you apply.

Future dates still on the schedule (all are subject to change with little to no notice) include: 

ACT

2020: Sept. 12, Sept. 13, Sept. 19, Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Oct. 25, Dec. 12. 

2021: February 6, April 17, June 12, July 17

SAT

2020: August 29, September 26, October 3, November 7, December 5.  2021: March 13, May 8, June 5

Please note: Registration for the 2020-21 SAT administrations opened to students in May.  Students who registered for the canceled June exam, and those in the Class of 2021 who do not already have SAT scores, will have earlier, priority access to register for the August, September, and October administrations, than those students who already took one on December 7 2019, or earlier.  Please check here for further updates: https://pages.collegeboard.org/sat-covid-19-updates

 

FEE WAIVERS: If you are a Senior or Junior who is eligible for a fee waiver for the ACT or SAT, please email Brad at bward@srcs.org.  I can provide you with an electronic/digital one during the school closure; it must be used by you, and is not transferable to another student, because when you show up to take the exam, they will verify the fee waiver number versus your form of identification.  

 

SAT/College Board 

ACT

SAT/ACT Diagnostic Test  

SAT Subject tests

ACT/SAT conversion/concordance tables

AP  |  AP Credit Policy Search for colleges

PSAT (offered October 14, 2020; required for all sophomores, optional for all juniors)

PSAT/National Merit Scholarship program (based on minimum scores by state, with multiple stages: Commended--->Semifinalist--->Finalist--->$2,500 Scholarship winner)

 

RESOURCES for TEST PREPARATION

Khan Academy  Official online SAT Practice

Marin SAT Prep  Local SAT preparation 

Revolution Prep  Group and individual tutoring 

Kaplan  

Princeton Review

 

COM Placement Testing

Accuplacer Information and Practice