Dates and Deadlines- Vary from college to college. Make sure you keep track.
University Entrance Exams
PSAT, SAT, ACT
PSAT: 9th, 10th, & 11th grade
The PSAT is the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The PSAT is a great primer for the SAT, and even the ACT, but it’s more than just a trial run. The PSAT is now available for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders at PVHS. The exam is administered at PVHS and sign ups are through the PVHS Business Office. See your counselor and listen to the bulletin for PSAT registration deadlines and exam information.
COVID-19 Update- Many Univsities have suspended this requirement until further notice.
The SAT and ACT are entrance exams that SOME colleges require students to submit with their academic information on college applications. The UC System will not consider SAT or ACT test scroes when making admission decisions or awarding scholarships.
The purpose of the SAT or ACT is to measure a high school student's readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. College admissions officers will review standardized test scores alongside your high school GPA, the classes you took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays. How important SAT and ACT scores are in the college application process varies from school to school.
Overall, the higher you score on the SAT and/or ACT, the more options for attending and paying for college will be available to you.
When should I take the SAT/ACT?
Most high school students take the SAT/ACT during the spring of their junior year and/or the fall of their senior year. It's important to leave time to re-take the test if you need to raise your score before you apply to college. See below for all upcoming dates.
How and where to sign up for the SAT/ACT:
The SAT and ACT are national exams given off campus at a designated location. You will register for the exam and choose a location online.
Student athletes looking to participate in competitive sports in college must prepare for the college admissions process just like any other student but with added layers. Just because a student is "A-G" does not necessarily mean they qualify to play sports in college. As soon as you think you may want to play sports in college, speak to your counselor to get information on the NCAA process. For a comprehensive overview of the all things NCAA please refer to the NCAA Eligibility Center