For registration purposes for either test, you’ll need the CEEB code for our school — it is 341-764.

Most colleges accept either ACT or SAT scores as their college entrance exam requirement. High school students often ask which test is better, but the answer is completely dependent upon the student. Luckily, both the ACT and SAT websites offer free complete practice tests and sample test questions that you can try for yourself so you can decide which test showcases your strengths to their max. Take time to prepare for whichever test you decide to take!

Remember – always check with the college/university to which you are applying to make sure they accept the test of your choice!

PSATs for 2018-19

PSAT/NMSQT testing will take place at CCS on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. All juniors are scheduled for this test. Sophomores will take the PSAT-10 on March 13, 2019.  (PSAT is a “practice” SAT.) Practice materials are given to students in August and are also available on the College Board website.

ACT Test Dates: 2018-2019

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 8, 2018 August 10, 2018 August 11-26, 2018
October 27, 2018 September 28, 2018 September 29-October 14, 2018
December 8, 2018 November 2, 2018 November 3-19, 2018
February 9, 2019 January 11, 2019 January 12-18, 2019
April 13, 2019 March 8, 2019 March 9-25, 2019
June 8, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 4-20, 2019
July 13, 2019* June 14, 2019 June 15-24, 2019

Go to the official ACT Registration page to find dates, costs, and other info about the ACT.

For registration purposes:  You’ll need the CEEB code for our school — it is 341-764.

Fees (as of 6/13/2018)

  • ACT Test Fee – No Writing Section = $46.00
  • ACT Test Fee – Plus Writing = $62.50

For more information about ACT testing fees and additional services, visit

NOTE:  As of 06/13/2018 — ACT has posted the following as college readiness benchmark scores for designated college courses.  A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college courses.

  • English Composition:   18 on the ACT English Test
  • College Algebra:   22 on ACT Math Test
  • Social Sciences:  22 on ACT Reading Test
  • Biology:   23 on ACT Science Test

Complete benchmark information at ACT

The ACT Test Prep e-Book – published Dec. 2016

SAT Test Dates – 2018-19

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
(Late Fee Required)
Aug. 25, 2018 July 27, 2018 August 15, 2018
(for registrations made online or by phone)
Oct. 6, 2018 Sept. 7, 2018 September 26, 2018
(for registrations made online or by phone)
Nov. 3, 2018 Oct. 5, 2018 October 24, 2018
(for registrations made online or by phone)
Dec. 1, 2018 Nov. 2, 2018 November 20, 2018
(for registrations made online or by phone)
March 9, 2019 Feb. 8, 2019 February 27, 2019
(for registrations made online or by phone)
May 4, 2019 Apr. 5, 2019 April 24, 2019
(for registrations made online or by phone)
June 1, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 22, 2019
(for registrations made online or by phone)

For registration purposes:  You’ll need the CEEB code for our school — it is 341-764.

Fees (as of 06-13-2018)

  • Fee for SAT Reasoning Test without Essay:  $47.50
  • Fee for SAT Reasoning Test with Essay: $64.50

SAT Registration Quick Guide
SAT Student Guide (practice tests inside)

Check the SAT Test Dates web page for all the test dates for both the regular SAT Reasoning Test as well as the Subject Tests. You will also find other information such as additional costs, services, resources, etc.

Need practice materials? Visit for all the downloadable resources available to counselors and students.

More practice questions at

Writing Tips for the SAT

The links below were chosen by students in the SAT Prep/College Planning class and shared with classmates:

1. Tips for Writing the SAT Essay (get a perfect score)
I actually really thought this was a neat video because the guy speaking made a 12 (the perfect score) on his SAT essay three times! This made me believe that he really did have good advice. I would recommend this to you all for this reason and because his tips were extremely helpful.

Some of his tips included the following:

  • Length is actually important when you write because the graders want to see that you have written an adequate amount in the time given to you to take the test.
  • Do not use complex words to get a higher score, rather make your writing fluid.
  • Use historical examples and quotes to emphasize your points.
  • Keep your writing concise and detailed, but do not over elaborate just to have five sentences in a paragraph; it would be better to have one or two concise sentences than three or four repetitive sentences.
  • Read philosophy in order to learn how to write well in third person. He suggests to write in third person and avoid using “I” as much as possible, unless dealing with personal experiences.
  • Remember that it is graded by two different people and try to remain unbiased about such things as religion and personal beliefs – maintain a neutral attitude.
  • Penmanship needs to be clear and try to avoid using cursive.
  • Do not waste your time and make sure to have two or three minutes at the end to proofread your work.
  • Pace yourself as you write. Also, it isn’t always necessary to write a rough draft as long as you maintain focus and have clear thoughts throughout the essay.
  • Have a strong introduction and conclusion.
  • Stick to one or two examples and connect the concepts.
  • Do not be too-detailed.

*Also, an interesting fact this guy mentioned was that the SAT essay graders do not actually read your essay but for about 30 seconds.

2. SAT Writing Prep: Writing the Essay

This video is great because it is short and to the point. It discusses exactly what you need to know about the structure of your essay.
The key ideas of this video include: organization, development of the idea, and making sure essay is easy to read. The tips on how to obtain these ideas are listed below.

  • Write the ordinary 5-paragraph essay.
  • Have an intro containing a catchy sentence and thesis, along with three examples.
  • Have a body that includes 3 examples. Make sure to explain why each example is relevant and restate the point.
  • Use historic examples and personal anecdotes, but if you run out of time do not use three examples. Rather, use two examples.
  • Write a conclusion in which the thesis is restated, the examples are reviewed, and explain why you believe what you believe.
  • Check over your essay to ensure that you have clear language and few grammatical flaws.

I hope you guys enjoyed these videos! Lizzy

3. SAT Tips Videos

Okay, I have found what I believe to be a great video for this class, and in a way it helped me do well on the SAT.

On a more serious note it is really this video that I am interested in sharing with you all:
In this video it talks about some simple test-taking strategies that I actually have used. These may seem silly, but it is usually silly things that we remember how to do! It sometimes goes with the cornier it is, the easier it is to remember. But the main gist of this video is to help with deductive reasoning skills in the math section of the SAT test.

Submitted by Jonathan

4. How to Get a High SAT Essay Score on the SAT Writing Test
This a pretty short video only about two mintues long so I’m going to cover pretty much all that he says.

  • Most all of high scoring essays have 400 words at the minimum, so write as much as you can without going off topic.
  • Don’t stress about if your information is correct or not. Argue your point and let it flow well.
  • Only write one fact per paragraph to avoid being too wordy.

SAT Essay Tips, Tricks, and Strategies – mindfishSAT

This video is a bit longer, nine minutes, so I’m going to cover only the gist of what they are saying

  • State your opinion.
  • Avoid using personal experiences. Instead, focus more on historical or literary facts.
  • Use the standard five-paragraph essay. It’s easy and simple to use.
  • Keep in mind the three questions you should answer in your essay: Yes or No? How do we know? Why?
  • When writing your essay, be able to compare and contrast with the opposing side; however, you don’t have to mention it in every other sentence.
  • Write as legibly as you can.
  • Be aware of how much time you have left. Don’t spend 10 minutes planning what you’re going to write and then not be able to finish it.
  • Be able to connect all of your examples together, making the paper flow and easier to understand.
  • Indent each paragraph.
  • Use some challenging words.