The SAT and ACT are college admissions exams that are sometimes used as additional requirements for admission when applying to a 4-year university/college. The tests measure performance in both math and english (writing mechanics and reading comprehension). Most colleges accept the SAT or the ACT, so students do not need to take both exams. Since the pandemic, most colleges have gone test optional or test blind and are not part of the requirements when applying.
Read THIS ARTICLE to learn the differences between the tests.
Testing Updates for CSU & UCs:
CSU and UC campuses NO longer require the SAT or ACT exam as part of admissions review.
Other California Schools and Out of State or Private College Updates:
Some colleges and universities are "test optional." This means that they either do not require standardized testing or they will accept alternate forms of measurement like a graded paper. For Class of 2024 Seniors and beyond, most colleges are test optional or test blind. To learn more, visit the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) at www.fairtest.org.
Preparing for the SAT or ACT
Free Test Prep Options:
There are a number of free test prep websites such as www.number2.com, www.INeedAPencil.com, and www.satexamprep.com. The Khan Academy provides free, personalized preparation online for the SAT. The ACT also provides ACT Academy, a free online test prep option, which can be free if you use a fee waiver when taking the ACT.
SAT, ACT, ant d PSAT* test prep books are available for students to borrow for free from Mrs. Fukuda. *For the PSAT exam, student must register with Mrs. Fukuda in order to obtain a free copy of the study guide.
Qualifying for free or reduced lunch, or be an active participant of Upward Bound or Educational Talent Search Program are one of the ways you could get a fee waiver to take the SAT, ACT, and PSAT tests for free. See or email Mrs. Fukuda
The PSAT is the Practice SAT exam. It is a great test for 4-year college bound sophomores and juniors to prepare for the SAT exam. Any 4-year college bound student is encouraged to sign up in September of their sophomore and especially junior year to best prepare for the SAT exam in spring of their junior year. Sign ups for PSAT exam is in person with Mrs. Fukuda. No online registration is needed.
The PSAT is an abbreviated form of the SAT test and has the same 4 required sections as
the SAT (although fewer questions in some of the sections, and, as a result, less time total):
Reading 47 questions in 60 minutes (vs SAT: 52 questions in 65 minutes)
Writing & Language 44 questions in 35 minutes (same as SAT)
Math-No Calculator 17 questions in 25 minutes (vs SAT: 20 questions in 25 minutes)
Math-Calculator 31 questions in 45 minutes (vs SAT: 38 questions in 55 minutes)
TOTAL 2 hours 45 minutes (vs SAT: 3 hours)
Click here for a great article on frequently asked questions about the PSAT exam.
Do I have to take the SAT or ACT Exams?
The SAT and ACT exams are only used by 4-year colleges and universities for admission purposes. Some schools do not require and some do. This test is NOT NEEDED if your goal is to attend a community college, trade school, enter the military or work after high school.
Does RHS offer these exams?
RHS offers the PSAT, SAT and AP Exams (check campus availability for dates of tests at RHS)
How to register for the tests?
Students must register online by creating an account with the testing source. See links below.
PSAT exam registration is in person with Mrs. Fukuda in September of each year (testing takes place once a year in October).