College Admissions Exams (ACT/SAT)

*CSU suspended standardized test requirements (ACT/SAT) for fall 2022 freshman applicants.
*UC suspended standardized test requirement (ACT/SAT) for CA freshman applicants until fall 2024.
*Check with your prospective college campus for standardized testing requirements.


(ORHS School Code: 050602)

Most four-year universities require college admissions tests. High school students generally take the ACT or SAT by the end of their junior year and retest in the fall of their senior year.

For SAT and ACT test dates and to register for these College Admissions Tests, visit the following websites for details:



SAT II Subject tests may be recommended for certain competitive majors for the University of California. Visit UC’s website for details: Admissions

Private and Out of State Universities may require the SAT Subject tests. Refer to each university’s policy on whether SAT Subject tests are required and on which SAT Subject Tests they will accept.

*Both ACT and SAT Fee waivers are available to students who have applied and qualify for free or reduced lunch. See your counselor for details.

How do the ACT and SAT differ?

Score range Composite: 1-36

(writing domain scores: 2-12)

Composite: 400-1600

(Essay reported in 3 dimensions, 2-8 each)

Structure 4 tests + optional writing 3 tests + optional essay
Tests English, Math, Reading, Science Reading, Writing and Language, Math
Length 2 hours 55 minutes + optional 40 minute essay 3 hours + optional 50 minute essay
Fee $52.00 / $68.00 with writing $49.50 / $64.50 with essay
Free Score Reports – 4  If requested when you register If requested when you register
Fee Waivers
Free Test Prep
No penalty for guessing
Accepted by all U.S. colleges

ACT and SAT Practice

ACT and College Board

Both the ACT and College Board offer free online sample tests, tips and practice.




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The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is an exam given to high school sophomores and juniors. The PSAT is offered once a year, in October. The PSAT tests the same skills as the SAT and gives students the opportunity to gain experience taking standardized college admissions exams. For juniors, taking the PSAT exam can qualify students for National Merit Scholarships funds.

PSAT Score Report (link to

Understanding Your PSAT Scores (link to


Khan Academy and College Board

Khan Academy  provides FREE SAT Online test preparation that links to your individual PSAT results.

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Steps for linking College Board and Khan Academy accounts