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Why should I take the SAT or ACT?


  • The UC and CSU systems use the SAT and ACT as placement tests for your freshman math and English classes.  Taking the tests can save you time and money by helping you place into higher-level math and English classes.  You might even avoid mandatory summer school for the CSU (Early Start).  Also, many private colleges and scholarships consider test scores, so doing well could help you get into prestigious colleges and win more scholarship money!
  • This article will help you decide whether the ACT or SAT is better for you: Should I take the SAT or ACT?



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Frequently Asked Questions


When should I take the tests?

  • It is recommended that you take both the SAT and ACT twice.  You can take both exams in the spring of your junior year and both again in the fall of your senior year.  Or, after taking them both in 11th grade, you can choose a favorite, focus your study on that one, and retake it in the fall of senior year.


How can I register for them?

  • Register for the ACT here.
  • Register for the SAT and SAT Subject Test here.


Where can I take the exams?

  • Middle College offers the SAT School Day each March to all juniors.
  • The ACT is not available on campus, but is offered at many area schools.


How can I practice for the Test?

  • Small group, free SAT/ACT tutoring and college preparation mentorship is offered by UCLA students. Visit the college center for more information. 
  • Use your PSAT results to access a personalized practice plan with the Khan Academy.
  • The website offers various kinds of practice. Click here.
  • College Board also offers ways to practice for the SAT by free practice tests and questions. Click here.
  • To practice for SAT Subject Tests, College Board offers practice by subject. Click here.


College Board Testing Services for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities must request accommodations through the Collegeboard in order to use accommodations on AP, SAT, PSAT exams.  Contact Ms. Howard or Ms. Jiang for more information on eligibility, deadlines, and the application process.


Other Practice Resources

  • is sponsored by the U.S. Army.  You can use the site even if you have no interest in the Army, because you won't be recruited unless you indicate interest.
  • Kaplan and Princeton Review study books with practice tests are available for $15-20 on or from other sellers.