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    Getting Ready for College Tests

    High School Grade 11


    Participate in your schools Post-Secondary Leadership Team and help develop a plan to ensure that all students have access to, information about, and preparation for, college entrance exams.  Make sure students have information about the SAT and ACT so that they can make an informed choice of which test (or both) would work best for them.  For more information, review the High School Postsecondary Leadership Team Resources document.


    Ensure all students have the opportunity to take and prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT to qualify for scholarships.  Provide students with information on how to access practice tests for the ACT or SAT using the Khan Academy and review material using the Study Smart resources made available to your school in the fall of 2018.


    Ensure all students sign up for and take the SAT or ACT.  To learn more, visit CollegeBoard - College Starts Here website; and ACT website.

    Encourage students to explore colleges in the Naviance platform to see how their SAT and/or ACT scores match with the Colleges I’m Thinking Of list. They can also look at how score ranges vary among other public and private colleges. 

    Assist students with exploring the Eligibility Index for the California State University System.  The Eligibility Index table will help inform students the relationship between GPA and entrance exams scores necessary for admission to the CSU.  To discover more information, visit the California State University - Eligibility Index website.

    Provide information on and encourage students to explore accredited colleges and universities that do not require students to submit ACT/SAT scores to be considered in the admissions process. These are referred as “test optional/test flexible” schools.

    The following sites provide counselors with information about test-optional admissions:
        •  https://www.fairtest.org/university/optional
        •  https://www.collegetransitions.com/blog/test-optional-admissions/

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