Admissions Testing (SAT, ACT, PSAT)

Choosing a Test

Most schools accept either the SAT or the ACT. If you are unsure about which test is a better fit for you, the following chart may help you decide!

The SAT The ACT
What's on it? The SAT has three sections depending on what exam you take: reading, writing and language, and math. The other version of the exam has a fourth section, which is an essay. The ACT has four to five sections: English, math, reading, and science, with an optional writing test.
What does it measure? The SAT is an aptitude-based test that measures what you learned in high school and what you will need to know to succeed in college. The ACT is a curriculum-based test.
How much does it cost? SAT: $43.

SAT with essay: $54.50.

Speak with your counselor for a possible fee waiver.

ACT: $36.50.

ACT: $52.50 with writing test.

Speak with your counselor for a possible fee waiver.

Why should I take it? Nearly all colleges will accept SAT scores as a part of your application. Nearly all colleges will accept ACT scores as a part of your application.
Test tips You'll lose a quarter of a point per question for each wrong answer. Only use an educated guess when attempting to answer questions you are unsure of, narrowing down the possible correct answers to 2 or 3 choices. There's no penalty for guessing on the ACT, so make sure to answer every single question, even the ones you are unsure of.
What do they say about it? "The SAT was designed for you to demonstrate your reasoning and problem-solving abilities, not just the amount of information you've accumulated during school." "The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. Instead, the questions on the ACT are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses in English, mathematics, and science."
How do I sign up? Register online Register online

Resources

Test Prep Websites and Apps

Most colleges require your SAT and/or ACT scores as part of the admissions process. These tests are administered throughout the year in various locations around Philadelphia, but you must register in advance to take them. While your score on these exams are important, colleges take several other factors into account as well - such as class rank, high school GPA, application essays, extra curricular involvement, and teacher recommendations. Practice makes perfect, so start studying now for these exams so you can do your best! Below are links to several test prep websites.

SAT Subject Tests

Test Dates
  • Lists the registration deadlines, SAT dates, SAT subject test dates, and provides an option to register for the exams
Practice Questions

ACT

Test Dates
Practice Questions
ACT Information for Parents and Students

PSAT

Test Dates & Registration
  • Check out important information on the test dates and registration: https://www.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt
  • Students sign up for the PSAT with their school counselors. The PSAT costs $14, and schools can request fee waivers for 11th-grade students
Informational Presentation
Practice Questions