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). If a student needs to take a test, 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. Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, most colleges (over 1,600) have dropped the testing requirement from the admissions process. Students should make sure to check the admissions sites of the schools to which they plan to apply, or contact their counselor or Lyndi Tucker.
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 2020/21 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 2020/21 SAT calendar. Watch this video from College Board that addresses questions about when to take the test,
Fee Waivers are available for students who are unable to pay for either test (students should contact their counselor or Lyndi Tucker).
SAT at WHS
WHS administers the SAT each May. This year the test is scheduled for May 1, 2021. 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.
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. Watch this space for winter course date announcement (after the holidays).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.
For the high schools across the country who were unable to administer the PSAT in October, the CollegeBoard is offering a second opportunity to administer the test. Assuming we are allowed to have groups of students on campus, Wilsonville High School will offer the PSAT on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.
The PSAT is a practice version of the SAT and students typically take the test in 10th and 11th grade. If a student earns a high score on the PSAT in 11th grade, the student could qualify for scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The test fee is $18 and fee waivers are available. If a fee waiver is needed, please contact Lyndi Tucker to register.
It is important to note, however, that testing requirements for 4-year college admission have changed due to Covid-19. Over 1,600 4-year colleges and universities nationwide have waived standardized testing requirements for the Class of 2021 and 2022. For that reason, students should take that into consideration when making a decision about whether to register for the PSAT. Questions about the PSAT and/or SAT can be directed to the student’s school counselor or Lyndi Tucker.
If a student is interested in registering for the PSAT, please pay the WHS Bookkeeper (WHS Webstore or contact Joyce Liden) by December 1. Cost is $18. Payment is refundable should we be unable to administer the test on this dayACT 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