If you are planning to attend a 4-year college/university, it is very important for students to take either one of these assessment and placement tests at least twice before the end of the first semester in your senior year. At least half of all students take the SAT twice—in the spring of junior year and in the fall of senior year. most students improve their scores the second time around. Research shows that taking the test more than twice won’t significantly improve a student’s score. Students may pick up more information on registration, test dates, and practice test booklets in the school Guidance Office. Colleges now accept your ACT or SAT scores interchangeably. This means that you have the opportunity to decide on which test you’ll perform better. In many cases, students prepare for and take both exams.

Please do not hesitate to call or stop by the Guidance Office if you have any questions about either test. To register for the SAT or for more SAT information, click here. To register for the ACT or for more ACT information, click here.


All sophomore students and some freshmen and juniors will be taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) on the second Wednesday of October. The PSAT is the “practice” or “pre-test” for the SAT; it is basically a shorter version of the SAT. It measures the same skills and has the same format. Juniors who take the test may also be eligible for scholarships and other special recognition opportunities. For more information about the PSAT, visit here. CIF is offering discounted online SAT prep, for more info click here.