College Preparedness Exams
ACT, SAT, PSAT
What are the SAT and ACT tests?
The SAT and ACT are college entrance exams. These tests are not required tests and are not currently administered through GCA. Students who plan to attend college need to take the SAT and/or the ACT. Most four-year colleges and some two-year colleges require an ACT and/or SAT score for admissions consideration. You should always research colleges you are interested to see what they require for admissions and if they have a preference of SAT or ACT. Although these tests are important to your application process, they are not the only factor college admissions personnel will review when considering whether you are a good fit for their school. They will also look at your high school GPA, rigor courses, extracurricular activities, and other character traits that make you who you are!
Should I take the SAT or the ACT?
You can take either, or both! Most colleges will accept either test for admissions. We generally suggest that students take both. You can get more information on the specific format of each test by visiting their websites.
SAT or ACT?
When should I take these tests?
There is no set required grade level, but it's typically recommended that students take the SAT and/or ACT in the spring of their junior year and then again the fall of their senior year. There is no limit to the number of times you can test.
Am I required to take these tests to graduate?
No. These are not state-mandated tests required for graduation, and they will not impact your grades or graduation status.
How do I register?
What is GCA's CEEB code needed for registration?
Where do I test?
When you are working through the online registration process, you will have the opportunity to search for locations near your home offering the test on the date you prefer.
How do I prepare?
Work hard in your current high school courses, read, and utilize the online test prep resources on the SAT and ACT websites. As always, do your best!
SAT PREP RESOURCES
What if I need a fee waiver?
If you think you may qualify for a fee waiver, send an email to Amy Morgan when you are ready to register for the test. Please allow 3–5 days to process. You can see eligibility requirements for fee waivers using the link below. (Note: Students must be in 11th or 12th grade to qualify for a fee waiver.)
The PSAT/NMSQT is great practice for taking the SAT. It can qualify you for scholarship programs. Also, it can give you insight into which AP® courses you may be ready to take.
BONUSES: After you take the PSAT/NMSQT, you can get a free, tailored practice program for the SAT—based on your personal test results—through Khan Academy®. You also get free access to the Roadmap to Careers online tool from Roadtrip Nation to explore majors and careers that reflect your interests.
Click here for more information about the PSAT.