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College Admission Testing

Testing Timeline & Information




9th Grade

If the student is successfully completing Acc. Biology; the student can take the Biology SAT Subject test.  Please go to the CollegeBoard website for content & registration information.

10th Grade

(Official) Practice ACT in April – offered on site

AP Exam in May

11th Grade

PSAT in October – offered on site

AP Exam in May

Take Official SAT with writing or ACT with writing if completing Algebra 2 or higher math (late winter/spring depending on math course the student is currently taking)

SAT Subject testing, if applying to UC caliber schools (late spring)

CAASPP/EAP testing in Spring

12th Grade

Take Official SAT with writing or ACT with writing (between August – Dec.) – be aware of specific college testing deadlines (Nov./Dec.)

AP Exam in May

Community College Math/English Assessments in March/April

CSU - EPT (English Placement Test) & ELM (Entry Level Mathematics Exam) - Spring

UC - AWPE (Analytical Writing Placement Exam) – May (if needed)



Glossary of Terms

ACT - The ACT® test is the nation’s most popular college entrance exam accepted and valued by all universities and colleges in the United States. The ACT is based on what students learn in high school and provides personalized information about their strengths for education and career planning. www.act.org


Advanced Placement (AP) courses/AP Exam - are designed by and follow guidelines required by The College Board.  Refer to their website for detailed information. These courses are considered to be above the high school level.  Students taking these courses receive a weighted (5.0 scale) grade and may take the AP exam in the spring.  Students may receive college credit for such courses depending on their score on the AP exam.  www.collegeboard.com


AWPE - Analytical Writing Placement Examination - All incoming California students who have not met the Entry Level Writing Requirement by April 1, must take the UC Analytical Writing Placement Examination. The exam will be administered the morning of the second Saturday in May, at testing centers throughout the state.


CAASPP/EAP - California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress/Early Assessment Program – helps students determine their readiness to take college level English and math courses before attending a California State University (CSU), or one of the participating California Community Colleges (CCC).


ELM/EPT - The California State University (CSU) requires you to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam prior to enrollment in the CSU. Your scores will determine which Math and English courses you should take to begin your career at CSU. You may be exempt from taking the EPT or ELM based on your scores earned on other appropriate tests such as the CSU's Early Assessment Program (EAP) tests in English and Mathematics, the SAT®, ACT®, or Advanced Placement® (AP). This site will determine if you are exempt as part of the registration process.  www.ept-elm.ets.org/CSU


PSAT – Official Practice SAT - The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States.  www.collegeboard.com


SAT - Created by the College Board, the SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The idea (in theory, at least) is to provide colleges with one common criterion that can be used to compare all applicants. www.collegeboard.com


SAT Subject Tests - Tests are 20 multiple-choice standardized tests given by The College Board on individual subjects. They are usually taken to improve a student's credentials for admission to colleges in the United States

Glossary information taken directly from each testing website.                                                                                                                                     9/29/17

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