ACT, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests

 
What are the ACT, SAT and SAT Subject Tests?
  • The ACT is created by ACT Inc. and is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. Most used in the Midwest.
  • The SAT is created by College Board and is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. Most used on the west and east coasts.
  • Nearly all colleges will accept either the SAT or the ACT.  It is wise to take both, because the UC and CSU system will use only your highest scores!
  • The SAT Subject Tests are college admission exams on specific subjects. 
  • If you are planning to go to a UC, it is recommended you take two subject tests of your choice.  This will strengthen your application.
 
Fees
If you have free or reduced lunch, visit the College Center for a fee waiver!

 

ACT

SAT

ACT no writing

Regular Registration: $50.50

Late Registration: $80.00

Test date change: additional $30

Test option change: additional $16.50

 

SAT no writing

Regular registration: $47.50

Late Registration: $76.50

Test date or center change: additional $29

Test option change: difference between tests

ACT plus writing

Regular Registration: $67.00

Late Registration: $97.00

Test date change: additional $30

Test option change: additional $16.50

 

SAT with essay

Regular registration: $64.50

Late Registration: $93.50

Test date or center change: additional $29

Test option change: none

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

When should I take the tests?

  • It is recommended that you take both the SAT and ACT twice.  You can take both exams in the spring of your junior year and both again in the fall of your senior year.  Or, after taking them both in 11th grade, you can choose a favorite, focus your study on that one, and retake it in the fall of senior year.
 
How can I register for them?
  • Register for the ACT here.
  • Register for the SAT and SAT Subject Test here.

 

Where can I take the exams?

  • The ACT, SAT and SAT Subject Test are not available on campus, but are offered at many area schools.

 

How can I practice for the Test?

  • Mr. Yi, our math teacher, provides an SAT / ACT study hall where you can get help with practice problems.  See the flyer on the right for more info.
  • JFK High provides a Method Test Prep online SAT / ACT study program for our students.  Email Mr. Abarr for a referral code.
  • Use your PSAT results to access a personalized practice plan with the Khan Academy.
  • The ACT.org website offers various kinds of practice. Click here.
  • College Board also offers ways to practice for the SAT by free practice tests and questions. Click here.
  • To practice for SAT Subject Tests, College Board offers practice by subject. Click here.
 
College Board Testing Services for Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities must request accommodations through the Collegeboard in order to use accommodations on AP, SAT, PSAT exams. For more information on eligibility, deadlines, and the request process, please visit the Collegeboard website.
 
Other Practice Resources
  • march2success.com is sponsored by the U.S. Army.  You can use the site even if you have no interest in the Army, because you won't be recruited unless you indicate interest .
  • Kaplan and Princeton Review study books with practice tests are available for $15-20 on Amazon.com or from other sellers.