JUNIORS:  Prepare to Take a College Entrance Exam
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New Admissions Testing Guidelines  Beginning with Class of 2021

University of California (UC)
has suspended the standardized test requirement (ACT/SAT) for all California high school seniors applying for Fall 2021. The SAT Essay and/or ACT Writing Tests are also no longer required. 
Current Seniors have the option of submitting ACT/SAT scores, but will not be penalized in the admissions review process for not submitting ACT/SAT scores.  For students who choose to complete the test(s) and submit scores, UC Campuses may use test scores for: Admissions, Scholarships, Post-enrollment course placement, and/or Statewide eligibility for admissions guarantee. 
UC Announces Changes to ACT and SAT Requirement

California State University (CSU) will temporarily suspend the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

SAT and ACT 2020-2021               Sheldon School Code: 052792

A component of an admission application is a college admission test score. Some colleges and universities will not process an application without one. The two national tests are the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) and the ACT (American College Test) – and almost all four-year colleges and universities in the nation that require test scores accept either SAT Reasoning Test or ACT scores equally. Because research indicates that many students perform quite differently on the SAT and the ACT, it may benefit students to take both tests since colleges typically use the higher of the two scores for admission, scholarship, and athletic eligibility. It is recommended that students take the SAT and/or ACT in the spring of their Junior Year, and again in the fall of their Senior year.

SAT -  Free Practice online : Khanacademy.org

The SAT Test is a 3-hour test (plus an additional 50 minutes for optional Essay) that asks you to apply a deep understanding of the knowledge and skills most important for college and career readiness. The test consists of 2 required sections: Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math, and provides a 3rd additional optional Essay section. It is used by college admissions officers as a supplement to the secondary school record.

The SAT Test fee for the 2020 - 2021 school year is $52.00 without the Essay Option and $68.00 with the Essay Option. Fee Waivers are available to high school juniors and seniors (limit 2) who demonstrate financial need. See Ms. McCabe in the Career Center.

Registration can be completed online at www.sat.org/register (credit card required) or by mailing in the registration form available in the Career Center 

The SAT Subject Tests are a battery of one-hour, mostly multiple-choice tests that measure how much students know about a particular academic subject and how well they can apply that knowledge Students take the SAT Subject Tests to demonstrate to colleges their mastery of specific subjects like English, history and social studies, mathematics, science, and languages. It is recommended that Subject Tests be taken at the completion of a particular course or series of courses related to the subject area. (Required in addition to the SAT Reasoning and/or ACT by some private and out-of-state colleges.) Visit the website or pick up an SAT Registration Bulletin in the Career Center for information on Subject Test Fees. Fee Waivers for the Subject Tests are available to 9th – 12th high school students who demonstrate financial need (limit 2) See Ms. McCabe in the Career Center.

SAT Test Dates during the 2020-2021 school year: 

Test                Registration        Late registration Deadline
Date               Deadline               ($30.00 Late Fee required)
Aug. 29            July 31                Aug. 11
Sept. 26           Aug. 26               Sept. 15
Oct. 3               Sept. 4                Sept. 22
Nov. 7              Oct. 7                  Oct. 27
Dec. 5              Nov. 5                  Nov. 24
Mar 13            Feb. 12                 Mar. 2
May 8              Apr. 8                   Apr. 27
June 5             May 6                   May 26

Seniors must test by December or earlier (some colleges require testing to be complete in October).

SAT and SAT Subject Tests can not be completed on the same test date. Students wishing to complete both tests must register for 2 test dates – one for each test.

ACT - Free Practice online : ACT.org/Academy

The ACT is a group of tests administered by ACT and required or recommended by some colleges as part of the admission process. Tests measure educational development in English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning. Students may register for one of two Test Options: the ACT or ACT Plus Writing which includes a 30-minute Writing Test. Check the website for a list of institutions that recommend, require, or do not need the results from the ACT Writing test.

Students may register online at www.actstudent.org (credit card required) or by completing the mail-in registration packet available in the Career Center.

The ACT test (No Writing) fee for the 2020-2021 school year is $55.00. The ACT Plus Writing fee is $70.00. Fee Waivers are available to high school juniors and seniors (limit 2) who demonstrate financial need. See Ms. McCabe in the Career Center.

ACT Test Dates during the 2020-2021 School Year:
Test Registration         Late Registration Deadline
Date  Deadline   ($30.00 Late Fee required)
Sept. 12           Aug. 14                  Aug. 28
Sept. 19           Aug. 14                  Aug. 28
Oct. 10            Sept. 17                 Sept 25
Oct. 17            Sept. 17                 Sept 25
Oct. 24            Sept. 17                 Sept 25
Dec. 12            Nov. 6                    Nov. 20
Feb. 6              Jan. 8                     Jan. 15
April 17           Mar. 12                  Mar. 26
June 12           May 7                     May 21
July 17            June 18                  June 25


PSAT/NMSQT - Fall 2020 PSAT Cancelled
Due to the COVID Pandemic and mandatory shutdown, we are not able to conduct the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT.
Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

Where: Sheldon High School



*Fee Waivers available to eligible JUNIORS. See Ms. McCabe in the Career Centerhe enclosed practice test. If you have any additional questions, please contact Ms. McCabe in the Career Center.
         Materials to Bring on testing day:

  • Two sharpened #2 pencils

  • Student ID Card Scientific or Graphing Calculator

  • PSAT is given only once a year

All Juniors and Sophomores are encouraged to complete the PSAT.  Freshmen with strong Algebra I, Geometry, and English skills are also encouraged to take this test.
The PSAT/NMSQT is designed to focus on skills that matter most for college readiness and success, according to the latest research:

  • Assess your Evidence Based Reading & Writing, and Math skills

  • Get specific suggestions on how to improve your academic skills

  • Prepare for the SAT with a free personalized study plan

  • Enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation competitions for recognition and scholarships

  • Request free information from colleges and universities

PSAT/NMSQT Online Resources contains information about the test and sample questions. Visit www.collegeboard.com/psat for more information

View the PSAT Parent Night Powerpoint presented at Back-To-School Night:

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