College Testing (SAT/ACT)


Most four year colleges and universities required high school students to take an entrance exam in order to be considered for admission. There are two testing programs, the SAT which is administered by the College Board, and the ACT which is produced by the American College Testing Program. These tests are designed to assess high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. Most colleges will accept either ACT or SAT scores; check with individual colleges to learn their specific requirements or ask your school guidance counselor. It is recommended that students take both the SAT and ACT, for most colleges will consider whichever score is highest when both are taken. The recommended

time to take these exams is May or June of the junior year; however, students may take the exams prior to these times and there is no limit to the number of times the test can be taken. SDSU will not accept scores after November of 12th grade. Registration packets are available in the counseling center and may be mailed with the appropriate fees, but we recommend that registration be done on-line.

SAT registration link:

ACT registration link:

California State Universities Requirements:

  • ACT Assessment ($42.50)*  or
  • SAT Reasoning Test ($45.00)*

University of California Requirements:

  • ACT Assessment plus Writing ($58.50)* or
  • SAT Reasoning Test ($57.00)*

Private Colleges and Universities Test Requirements:

Contact the specific college or university for information. Useful websites include: and

*Fee waivers are available from your counselor for students who meet income requirements and are on the free/reduced lunch program.


Register at


Test Date                            Registration deadline

October 1, 2016                 September 1, 2016

November 5, 2016           October 7, 2016

December 3, 2016            November 3, 2016

January 21, 2017              December 21, 2016

March 11, 2017                 February 10, 2017

May 6, 2017                       April 7, 2017

June 3, 2017                      May 9, 2017

Free online SAT prep:


Register at

Test date                        Registration deadline

September 10, 2016         August 6, 2016

October 22, 2016             September 16, 2016

December 10, 2016          November 4, 2016

February 11, 2017            January 13, 2017

April 8, 2017                      March 3, 2017

June 10, 2017                    May 5, 2017


**Note: Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch may qualify for a fee waiver for the SAT and/or ACT test. Please see your counselor to obtain the fee waiver.