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 some colleges and universities. Wilsonville High School is not a Saturday test administration site. 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, many colleges have dropped the testing requirement from the admissions process (there are no colleges in Oregon requiring tests). 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 2021-/22 ACT calendar.
SAT The SAT includes an ‘Evidence-based Reading and Writing’ section and a Math section. 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. . Click here for the 2021/22 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).
PSAT & SAT at WHS (for Seniors Only)
Each fall, Wilsonville High School offers the PSAT and the SAT School Day. In 2022, these tests are scheduled for October 12. Students can visit the WHS Web Store to register and pay (PSAT - $18, SAT School Day- $60) to take either of these tests. At WHS, cost should not prevent a student from taking either of these tests. If cost is a barrier, students should contact Lyndi Tucker for a fee waiver. Registration closes on September 13.
SAT School Day: This administration is for SENIORS only. Any senior who plans on applying to a college that requires the SAT, will be invited to register for this test date. Seniors should check the websites of the colleges to which they will apply (or chat with Mrs. Tucker or their school counselor) to find out if the SAT is required. Again, not all colleges are requiring the SAT as part of their admissions requirements.
The SAT is also offered on Saturdays in August, October, November, December, March, May and June at schools around the area (not at WHS). For more information about the SAT, in general, please visit the college Board website: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat.
Please contact Lyndi Tucker with questions (email@example.com or 503-673-7628.
Wilsonville High School offers an SAT Prep course twice a year, in the fall and in the spring. Students will register with the WHS bookkeeper. The fall course will begin in late September and takes place on Sunday evenings. Watch this space for more information about the course in the fall.
Also, 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.
The PSAT is a practice version of the SAT that is available to 9th-11th grade students. 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 is administered annually in October. We recommend this test for college bound juniors who plan on taking the SAT (please note that not all colleges require the SAT). To learn more about the PSAT, please take a look at the College Board website: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10. Watch this space for more information in late summer/early fall.
It is important to note, however, that testing requirements for 4-year college admission have changed widely in recent years. Over 1,800 4-year colleges and universities nationwide have elected to be test-optional or test-blind, meaning tests are not required for their respective institution. 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.Wilsonville High School’s CEEB Code: 381258