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Which test(s) should I take?

ALL U.S. COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES ACCEPT BOTH ACT and SAT! Submit whichever scores reflect your best performance! Check with the college(s) of your choice regarding their testing policy: do they require you to submit all scores? Just your best scores? Do they superscore (take the highest subsection from every test date to make a new, potentially higher composite score, sometimes even rounding up to the nearest whole number? (e.g., UNM does this.) Will they let you submit improved test scores that qualify you for a higher scholarship, after you've already been awarded a scholarship based on your lower test scores? (Some colleges do). Do they require the ACT or SAT optional writing section?  When in doubt, ask the college admissions or scholarship/financial department!

ACT & SAT

ACT 2018-19

ACT Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration* (+ fee)

Sept. 8
Aug. 10
Aug. 26
Oct. 27
Sep. 28
Oct. 14
Dec. 8
Nov. 2
Nov. 19
Feb. 9
Jan. 11
Jan. 18
April 13
Mar. 8
Mar. 25
June 8
May 3
May 20
July 13
June 14
June 24
 

Register here

  • Eldorado CEEB High School Code 320009: you'll need this to register.
  • ACT is always given on a Saturday morning.
  • NOTE: Eldorado is NOT a testing center for the ACT; when you register online, you will be prompted to select from several schools in ABQ that offer the test.
  • What to bring: ACT test admission ticket (print from website once you register), photo ID, calculator, #2 pencils with erasers, pencil sharpener, silent watch
  • No cell phones or smart watches!
  • Cost: $50.50 / $67.00 with optional writing section (see section below)

ACT Writing Section: What you need to know

The 40-minute ACT writing test is optional, and is required by some U.S. colleges & universities. (At this time (Fall 2018), the ACT writing section is NOT required by any of our in-state colleges.)  Signing up for the ACT writing test adds an extra $16.50 to the cost of the test, for a total of $67.00. 

SAT 2018-19

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration (+ fee)
Aug. 25 July 27 Aug. 15
Oct. 6 Sept. 7 Sept. 26
Nov. 3 Oct. 5 Oct. 24
Dec. 1 Nov. 2 Nov. 20
March 9 Feb. 8 Feb. 27
May 4 Apr. 5 Apr. 24
June 1 May 3 May 22

 

Register here:  www.collegeboard.org

  • Eldorado CEEB High School Code: 320009 (you'll need this to register)
  • SAT is always given on a Saturday morning.
  • NOTE: Eldorado is NOT a testing center for the SAT; when you register online, you will be prompted to select from several schools in Albuquerque that offer the test.
  • What to bring: SAT admission ticket (you'll print from website once you register), photo ID, calculator, #2 pencils with erasers, pencil sharpener (if you like)
  • Cost: $47.50/$64.50 with optional essay (see section below)

SAT Writing Section: What you need to know

The SAT writing section/essay is optional. Check with the college(s) of your choice to see if it is required. When in doubt, err on the side of signing up for and taking the essay portion.  Adds $17 to the cost of the test, bringing it to $64.50.  Helpful essay information here.

SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject tests are given on (almost all) the same dates as the regular SAT (see above). These 1-hour exams are required/strongly suggested by certain selective colleges and universities. Information here:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-subject-tests

ACT/SAT Score Concordance

Click here for how the scoring of the two tests relate.

Fee Waivers/Discounts on ACT/SAT registration

Both ACT and College Board (makers of SAT) offer fee waivers for their exams, bringing the cost to $0. If you qualify for free or reduced lunch at school or believe you would qualify for a discount based on your family's income, see Ms. Velhagen or your counselor to ask about fee waivers! You may be eligible for up to 2 waivers for ACT and 2 waivers for SAT. These can also lead to discounts on college application fees. Pay attention to test registration deadlines and ask early: the waivers do NOT count toward late registration fees.

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Fee Waivers

Students who qualify for APS Free or Reduced Lunch Program, or who meet specific income guidelines, qualify for up to two fee waivers for the ACT and two for the SAT (as well as waivers for college application fees). Students simply ask their counselor for a fee waiver!