The University of California system, The California State University system and most private universities require the SAT or ACT with writing. If you plan to major in Math or Science and apply to UCs and/or private universities, it is recommended you take the SAT Subject Test. When you take the SAT subject, you must select three subjects in at least two different areas. If you decide to take the Math section, it must be Math-section 2. It is highly recommended that you take the Spanish test. The university will take the top two subject scores in the same sitting.
California State Universities also require the SAT or ACT.
Qualifying students may receive a fee waiver, which covers the entire cost of the exams. You are eligible for a fee waiver if you receive lunch tickets. Come to the college center to find out if you are eligible. Students with fee waivers may take each exam twice.
SAT Deadlines:
SAT 2012 2012 2012 2013 2013 2013 2013
Test Dates Oct6 Nov3 Dec1 Jan26 Mar9 May4 Jun 1
Regular Registration Sep7 Oct4 Nov1 Dec28, 2012 Feb8 Apr5 May2
ACT Deadlines:
ACT 2012 2012 2012 2013 2013 2013
Test Dates Sep8 Oct27 Dec8 Feb9 Apr13 Jun8
Regular Registration Aug17 Sep21 Nov2 Jan11 Mar8 May3
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What is the Difference?


The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities.

The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test. The SAT has only 3 components: Critical Reasoning, Mathematics, and a required Writing Test.

The College Board introduced a new version of the SAT in 2005, with a mandatory writing test. ACT continues to offer its well-established test, plus an optional writing test. You take the ACT Writing Test only if required by the college(s) you're applying to.

The SAT has a correction for guessing. That is, they take off for wrong answers. The ACT is scored based on the number of correct answers with no penalty for guessing.

The ACT has an Interest Inventory that allows students to evaluate their interests in various career options.

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