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To register for the official SAT or ACT, please go to the following websites:

Students can take the SAT Practice Test (for free) on College Board's site:
Students can also practice for the SAT at

When should the ACT or SAT be taken?
If it is in your plans to attend a 4-year college or university after graduation, you will be required to take either the ACT (with the optional writing) or the Reasoning SAT to be eligible for admittance. If you attend a community college first and transfer, these assessments are not required. Depending on the college you select, you may also need to take Subject Tests.
Generally speaking, we recommend you spend time during freshmen and sophomore years preparing to take the ACT or SAT your junior year of high school. You can prepare with a possible prep course, self-study using a practice booklet, or a number of other aids. We encourage you to take the PSAT/NMSQT in October of 9th, 10th and 11th grade. 11th Grade PSAT scores are also considered for qualification in the National Merit Scholarship Program. By spring of junior year, students should take either, or both, the SAT and ACT with Writing. During fall of the senior year, you will have additional opportunities to increase your scores if you choose to retake one or both tests.
College admissions look at the student's best score, whether that is through an ACT or SAT. Please plan ahead. We strongly encourage you to take one or both by the end of your junior year. If you decide to wait until your senior year and fall ill the day of testing or your car breaks down on the way there, you will simply have no second chances available.  Also keep in mind each college deadline for taking these tests. For example, at this time SDSU's deadline is October of senior year, while other CSU and all UC schools allow until December of senior year. 

For a list of test optional colleges and universities:
Note: Due to the impact of COVID-19, many colleges are posting updates to their testing policies and requirements, so please check each college admissions website directly.
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