College Admission Testing (ACT, SAT/PSAT & SAT Prep)
SAT & ACT
The SAT and the ACT are both college admission tests. Both are accepted for admission into most colleges and universities. Wilsonville High School is a test administration site for the SAT in May of each year. All other administrations of both tests must be taken elsewhere. Students must go directly to the website for the respective tests for which they would like to register to select their test location (www.sat.org or www.act.org). It is recommended that students begin taking their SAT and/or ACT in the spring of their junior year and no later than December of their senior year. Students may take the tests as many times as they choose. To register or learn more about specific tests, please see the links below.
ACT The ACT includes a 75-question 45-minute English test; a 40-question, 35-minute reading test; a 60-question, 60-minute math test; a 40-question, 35-minute science test; and an optional 30-minute writing test. Most colleges will prefer that students choose to take the writing test as part of their ACT. Click here for the 2018/2019 ACT calendar.
SAT The SAT includes an ‘Evidence-based Reading and Writing’ section, a Math section and an optional essay. The reading section contains 52 items and is 65 minutes long. The writing and language section contains 44 items and is 35 minutes in length. The math section contains 58 items and is 80 minutes long. The optional essay contains one prompt, with 50 minutes allotted. Click here for the 2019/20 SAT calendar.
SAT at WHS
WHS administers the SAT each May. Our hope is that our own juniors will take the test for the first time in familiar surroundings. We believe this cuts down on the stress surrounding test-taking. To register for the May administration, visit the CollegeBoard website. Choose WHS when prompted to choose a location for testing.
WHS also offers the SAT (for seniors only) during the school day on October 16 (at the same time as the PSAT). Seniors who would like to register for the October 16 administration, may do so on the WHS webstore or by submitting $45 to the WHS Bookkeeper. Please note: To register for this administration, students must register with WHS, not College Board.
The PSAT is a preliminary or practice test that is recommended before the SAT. The PSAT is offered nationally each year in October (October 16, 2019). The state of Oregon mandates that all sophomores take the test (paid for by the state). College bound juniors are strongly encouraged to take the PSAT as preparation for the SAT. Juniors who would like to register for the test may do so by visiting the WHS Web Store or by submitting $20 to the WHS Bookkeeper. Fee Waivers are available for students who are unable to pay (students should see their counselor or Lyndi Tucker).
WHS offers an SAT Prep Course each fall and winter, on Sunday evenings. The course is split into two sections (Math and English), giving students the option of taking only one or both sections. The course is taught by Kirk Fowler, WHS Math Instructor, and Kate Hanlon, WHS English Instructor. Cost is $150 for full course (includes book) or $85 for English or Math only. The fall 2019 course will run September 8 - October 13. Students will be able to register when school resumes in August.SAT and ACT Prep Courses in the Portland area.College Board and Khan Academy have partnered to create personalized practice for the SAT. Students can link their scores to Khan Academy and receive a free, personalized SAT practice plan. To link PSAT or SAT scores to Khan, students should visit CollegeBoard to get started.ACT PrepPreparing for the ACT Test is a booklet available in the College & Career Center. The booklet includes test-taking strategies, describes content, and provides specific tips for the test. Also included is a complete practice test. Booklet is available online at www.act.org/theact/testprep.ACT Academy is a free personalized online learning tool and test practice program available at www.act.org/academy. Through video lessons, interactive practice questions, full-length practice tests, educational games, and other materials, ACT Academy provides learners with a personalized study plan.Wilsonville High School’s CEEB Code: 381258