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COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TESTING INFORMATION AND RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE
Admission testing is generally required for those students that are applying to a four year college or university directly out of high school. The minimum requirement is generally the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT. Most colleges will accept either one. *Many colleges are now test-option for 2021 Fall admissions, please double check each college's admission requirements.
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9th Grade: No testing recommended
10th Grade: PSAT - If possible, we recommend students take the PSAT in the 10th grade and then repeat it in the 11th grade.
SAT Subject Tests – Possibly for students who are strong in Biology and/or Chemistry and are considering using Biology and/or Chemistry as one of their subject tests.
11th Grade: Fall: PSAT - Given in October. 11th graders that take the PSAT, will be in the running for the National Merit Scholarship. Results are given to students by the school counselor.
Spring: ACT, SAT Reasoning Test and/or SAT Subject Tests for those students wishing to post an early score and to allow a chance to retake in fall of 12th grade. This is the recommended time for taking the SAT Subject Test in U.S. History.
12th Grade: Students planning to apply directly to a 4 year college need to test by December. Some highly competitive universities (including Cal Poly SLO and CSU San Diego), require that testing be completed by October of the senior year.
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