• What Are College Admissions Tests?
     
    Admissions tests are a crucial part of the college application process.  Nearly EVERY 4-year university requires students to take a college admissions test.  There are two tests that colleges will accept; the SAT and the ACT.  Students can take one OR both of the admissions tests.  Colleges do NOT require that students take both, however, we highly recommend that ALL students take both the ACT and SAT.  Colleges do not have a preference as to which test a student takes.  Colleges will look at the HIGHEST score when they review college applications.
     
    Testing Presentation
     
    Click HERE for a quick presentation about all things testing - SAT, ACT, CAASPP, and ASVAB
     

    When Do I Need to Take College Admissions Tests?
     
    SAT and ACT:            Take the SAT and ACT at the end of your Junior Year and again at the 
                                                       start of Senior Year. For your senior year, you may want to focus on the
                                                       admissions test on which you scored the highest.
     
    SAT Subject Tests:      The best time to take an SAT Subject Test is at the end or right after you
                                                       finish the class of the subject you plan to test on.
     
    PSAT:                           ALL juniors should take the PSAT.  Freshmen and Sophomores are also
                                                       welcome to register for the PSAT.  The PSAT is given once per year at RHS in 
                                                       October. 

     
     HOW TO REGISTER
     
     SEE BELOW FOR DESCRIPTIONS OF EACH TEST
      
     ACT + Writing Test
     
    • Taking the ACT (or SAT) is REQUIRED by all California State Universities (CSU) and University of California (UC) schools, out-of-state and private universities.
    • The ACT (or SAT) is also required by the NCAA.
    • If you take both the SAT and ACT tests, colleges will look at your best scores - so, take them both!
    • IMPORTANT: UC schools and many private and out-of-state universities require the optional Writing part of the ACT, so be sure to take that, too!
                   
                   To Register
    • Go to http://www.actstudent.org
    • Indicate that you want to take the optional Writing part.
    • See Mrs. Seider in the Counseling Center for ACT fee waivers.
    • Use Roseville High School Code 052690 when registering.
    • Be sure to list the colleges and universities you want to receive your scores when registering for the test. See below for more info about how to Send Scores.
    • Take the test at the end of Junior Year and again at start of Senior Year.
     

    SAT + Essay
    • Taking SAT (or ACT) is REQUIRED by all California State Universities (CSU) and University of California (UC) schools, out-of-state and private universities.
    • The SAT (or ACT) is also required by the NCAA.
    • Take the test at the end of Junior Year and again at start of Senior Year.
    • IMPORTANT: UC schools and many private and out-of-state universities require the optional Essay part of the SAT, so be sure to take that, too!

    To Register
    • Go to http://www.collegeboard.com
    • Indicate that you want to take the optional essay part
    • See Ms. Seider in the Counseling Center for info about SAT Reasoning Test fee waivers.
    • Use Roseville High School Code 052690 when registering.
    • Be sure to list the colleges and universities you want to receive your scores when registering for the test. See below for more info about how to Send Scores.

    SAT Subject Tests
    • The UC System recommends these Subject Tests for certain majors at particular campuses - click here for more information.
    • Other competitive universities require two or three of these tests as well - check at the admissions web pages of the schools your interested in applying to.
    • SAT Subject Tests are offered all throughout the school year - check out the SAT testing calendar to find the dates that work best for you.
    • The best time to take an SAT Subject Test is at the end or right after you finish the class of the subject you plan to test on.
     
    To Register
    • Go to http://www.collegeboard.com > For Students > SAT
    • Remember - you can't take both the SAT Reasoning Test and the SAT Subject Tests in the same day. But, you can take up to three SAT Subject Tests in the same day.
    • See Ms. Seider in the Counseling Center for SAT Subject Test fee waivers.
    • Be sure to report your scores to colleges and universities, even if you think you didn't do very well. See below for more info about how to Send Scores.
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    PSAT
    • The PSAT is a shortened version of the SAT that is designed to prepare students for the SAT Reasoning Test.
    • The PSAT is offered once per year in October and students may register at the student services window at Roseville High School.
    • Students are provided with a free online study program for the SAT based on their individual performance on the PSAT
    • ALL Juniors should take the PSAT.  Juniors who achieve a high score on the PSAT may qualify for scholarships and special recognition.  Freshman and Sophomore are also welcome to take the test. 
       
     When and How to Send Official Test Scores to Colleges
     
    • You should send your scores to ALL colleges you are interested in applying to WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR THE SAT OR ACT!
    • Colleges need official SAT and ACT scores sent to them directly from the College Board and ACT Student.
    • Admissions officials recommend that students report scores from all SAT and ACT tests (even if they didn't do so well on one of them) - many colleges combine portions of each test to create a "super-score" to see how students did at their best!
    • At the time of registration, you get to choose four colleges to receive scores "for free" - why pay more to send scores later?
    Tricks and Tips about Sending SAT Scores
     
    • For students interested in CSU schools - you only need to send your scores to any one CSU campus because they share them with all the other CSU campuses automatically (so, use the other three free reports for other schools!)
    • For students interested in UC schools - you only need to send your scores to any one UC campus because they share them with all the other UC campuses automatically (so, use the other three free reports for other schools!)
    Tricks and Tips about Sending ACT Scores
    • CSU schools share ACT scores among themselves just like they do with SAT scores!  So send your ACT scores to ONE CSU campus.
    • UC schools share ACT scores among themselves just like they do with SAT scores!  So send your ACT scores to ONE UC campus.

    Test Preparation Resources
     
    • See Mrs. Seider for test prep books in the Counseling Center.  Study guides are also available at the RHS library and at any bookstores (including online stores).
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    • There are also classes offered at various high schools, typically run by teachers or companies such as Kaplan and Princeton Review.  Contact Mrs. Seider at jserider@rjuhsd.us if you would like additional information or come by the career center during school hours.
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    • KHAN ACADEMY - http://khanacademy.org
     

     
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