SAT & ACT Testing


The SAT is an admission test accepted by all U.S. colleges, and the College Board has programs to encourage all students to take advantage of higher education. Income-eligible SAT takers receive college application fees and waivers, and all students can opt into Student Search Service to receive free information about admission and financial aid from colleges, universities, and scholarship programs (CollegeBoard.org).

All juniors will be taking the SAT at PCHS on APRIL 10, 2018. The SAT has 3 multiple-choice tests: Reading Test, Writing and Language Test, Math Test, and an optional essay. Students are given an overall score of 400-1600. The College Board website offers good information about the test, as well as free test prep through Khan Academy online. Visit www.collegeboard.org for more information.

Find SAT registration dates and deadlines here


The ACT consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, Reading, Math, and Science (with an optional Writing portion). Students are given a score (1-36) for each test as well as an overall score. The Writing test score does not affect a student’s Composite score. However, many colleges use the Writing Test score for course placement. Since there is no penalty for guessing, students should answer every question. If you take the ACT Plus Writing, your report will be mailed when all your scores, including Writing, are available, usually within 5-7 weeks after the test date.Score reports are normally mailed within 3-7 weeks after test date.

For helpful information and to register online, go to www.ACTStudent.org

PCHS High School Code – 143-415

10 Tips for Taking a Standardized Exam

  1. Get plenty of sleep the night before the test.
  2. If you feel nervous before beginning, try to relax by taking a few deep breaths.
  3. Maintain confidence in your abilities and plan to do your best. Your attitude can affect your performance.
  4. Listen carefully to all instructions and ask questions if you hear something you don’t understand.
  5. Focus your attention entirely on your work.
  6. Position your answer sheet next to your test booklet so you can mark answers quickly and accurately.
  7. Before answering each question, read it completely, as well as all the possible responses.
  8. When you are unsure of an answer, choose the one you think is best and go on to the next question. Be sure to answer every question.
    There is no penalty for guessing.
  9. Pace yourself throughout the test by occasionally checking the time.
  10. If you complete the test before your time is up, reread the questions and check your answers.