Please continue to monitor the updates provided by college board for information on SAT and AP Exams
For information regarding the ACTs: https://www.act.org/
Please also note - many colleges are considering going test-optional for the Class of 2021! For the colleges you plan on applying to - check their website for updates!
Who needs to take the SAT/ACT?
Students who are planning on attending a 2 Year College (Ex. MVCC, Herkimer) do not need to take the SAT or ACT for admissions - they are not required (YAY!)
If you are planning on attending a 4 year college right after High School (or you want to apply to some), the majority will require one of the exams for admissions. Some colleges are test optional (meaning it is not required) such as Utica College. That information would be found on the college’s website.
Thus, if you think you want to apply to a 4 year college in the Fall - then I would recommend you take one of the exams.
What is the difference between the 2 Exams?
The biggest difference between the 2 exams is that the ACT has a science component to their exam. Both exams are scored differently and have different timing of sections. Check out this website for a breakdown of differences → https://www.princetonreview.com/college/sat-act
Do I need to take both?
No! All colleges will tell you that they only need one exam to review your application.
Should I register for the exam with or without the essay?
The essay is optional and does cost more if you want to take it. I can tell you the colleges do not require the essay portion for admissions. If you feel you are a strong writer, then by all means you can certainly take it. But it will not hurt you if you do not want to take it!
Can I take the exam more than once?
Yes, you can take the exam more than once but you do not have to. If you are trying to improve your score, you can certainly take the exam again.
For the SAT - when you take the exam more than once, they will combine your subscores from each exam date to create the highest score. For example, if you did better on the math the first time you took the exam, and then better on the English the second time you took the exam - they will combine those 2 scores to create the best score for you when reviewing your application for admissions.
What score do I need for acceptance into college?
Every college is different in terms of their score range. I would suggest reviewing that information online or reaching out to me! But remember, every college looks at the total package when reviewing your application - not just SAT/ACT scores - Such as: Did you take challenging courses in high school, overall GPA, school and community activities, letters of recommendation, etc. It all MATTERS! :)
When should I take it?
You should take one of the exams in the Spring, Summer or Early Fall. I suggest spring or summer in case you do want to take the exam again - you have the Fall as that option.
Should I prep for the Exam?
YES! And right now there are some free resources online! Take advantage!
How do I register?
Cost of the exam is $52 without the Essay. With the Essay the cost is $68. You will have to pick a testing location (we do not host the exam), you will need to upload a picture of yourself, and you will have to pay for the exam via credit card.
Cost of the exam is $52 without the essay and $68 with the essay. You will have to pick a testing location (we do not host the exam), you will need to upload a picture of yourself, and you will have to pay for the exam via credit card.