Many colleges and universities require students to take either the SAT or ACT as part of the college admissions process. Please use the following questions and answers to help you understand the basics of the SAT and ACT.


What is the SAT/ACT?
The SAT and the ACT are standardized testing used as part of the college admissions process. They test reading and math. The ACT also tests science – understanding graphs and tables, etc.


What is the difference between the SAT/ACT?
Here is a link to a useful comparison between the old SAT, new SAT, and ACT provided by the Princeton Review. (link to: Document Say Yes to the Right Test) Please note that we do not sponsor the author; we only find the public document useful.


Do colleges care which test I take?
For the most part, colleges do not have any preference on which test you take so it is up to you!


How do the scores between the SAT and ACT compare?
Please use the SAT-ACT Concordance: A Tool for Comparing Scores provided by the ACT. (link:


When should I take the SAT/ACT?
We recommend students to take the SAT or ACT at least once their junior year and at least one more time during the fall of their senior year.

Class of 2017 – you have the choice to take either the current SAT or the new SAT or ACT
Class of 2018 and beyond – you will be taking the new SAT or ACT


How can I register?
You can register for the SAT through and the ACT through


Is there a fee waiver available?
Yes! There is a fee waiver available for on-time registration. For late registration, the fee waiver will only cover the test fee and not the late registration fee. Unfortunately, there is no fee waiver for sending score reports because students have the opportunity to send four free score reports to colleges during their actual test day. To see if you are eligible for a fee waiver, please check out


How can I prepare for the SAT/ACT?
There are three awesome ways to prepare for the SAT/ACT!

  1. Take the classes through our Sammamish High School PTSA! SAT Prep Classes are available in the Fall and in the Spring. Please see your school counselor or look out for information in the Totem News.
  2. Use Khan Academy! Khan Academy collaborates with College Board to offer free, online SAT prep program. You can link you Khan Academy account with your College Board account to get free, individualized prep for the SAT. Register here. (link:
  3. Use your KCLS log in. The King County Library System offers ACT test prep online. Students can log in using their library card. (link:


Will I have access to practice tests?
Yes! You will have access to different practice tests once a year at SHS. All practice tests are given during Super Wednesday in mid-October.

9th grade students will take the PSAT.

10th grade students will take the practice ACT.

11th grade students will take the PSAT/NMSQT. For more information about the PSAT and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, please go to


What is the SAT Subject Tests?
The SAT Subject Tests are standardized tests in a given subject such as math, biology, US History, etc. Some highly selective universities require students to take two SAT Subject Tests in two different areas as part of their college admissions process. To learn more about what subjects are available, please check out this website. (link:


Are there any universities that do not require the SAT or ACT?
Yes! The National Center for Fair and Optional Testing has a list of universities that do not require SAT or ACT. Please go to for more information and for a list of those universities.


What does my college admissions testing schedule in high school look like?

  9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Testing Schedule October – PSAT October – Practice ACT



February/March -SAT or ACT


May/June-SAT Subject Test (optional)


August-Start College Applications


September/October– SAT or ACT


January-Complete FAFSA/WASFA



Test Dates Registration Deadline
September 10, 2016 August 7, 2016
October 22, 2016 September 16, 2016
December 10, 2016 November 4, 2016
February 11, 2017 January 13, 2017
April 8, 2017 March 3, 2017
June 10, 2017 May 5, 2017


When are the SAT and ACT Test Dates?
For the most current information on the SAT and ACT Test and Registration Dates, please check on their websites: or

Test Dates Test Registration Deadline
Oct 01, 2016 SAT and Subject Tests September 01, 2016
Nov 05, 2016 SAT and Subject Tests October 07, 2016
Dec 03, 2016 SAT and Subject Tests November 3, 2016
Jan 21, 2017 SAT and Subject Tests December 21, 2016
Mar 11, 2017 SAT Only February 10, 2017
May 06, 2017 SAT and Subject Tests April 07, 2017
Jun 03, 2017 SAT and Subject Tests May 09, 2017