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College Testing

Standardized tests are only one piece of the whole puzzle that comprises the college application and must be considered in the proper context. Scores have a role in the admission process, but they alone do not dictate whether a student is accepted or denied from a given college or university. Personal qualities such as curiosity, academic ability, personal character and integrity as well as the level of involvement in activities and the application itself all play an integral role in the process.

Standardized tests such as the ACT 
and the SAT are intended to help predict student success at the college level. The Advanced Placement and SAT Subject Tests verify mastery of subject-based curriculum. The development and administration of these tests provide both the student and the colleges with helpful data for the college admission process.

Not all colleges and universities agree on the specific standardized testing requirements for admission. Each college sets its own guidelines for students who apply so be sure to read the guidelines/recommendations for testing for each college of interest carefully.

Additionally, numerous colleges and universities have adopted a test-optional admission policy.

If you qualify financially, the counselors have a limited number of application and SAT/ACT fee waivers available. ACT Fee Waiver Eligibility      SAT Fee Waiver Eligibility  

Gonzaga Prep students have numerous opportunities to prepare for the ACT and SAT.

  • Freshman take the PSAT 8/9
  • Sophomores take the PreACT
  • Juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT
Results of PSAT 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT can be paired with Khan Academy for individualized test prep.

Test Prep Information

Both ACT and SAT offer free test preparation. 

ACT: ACT Academy
SAT: Khan Academy

Compass Prep offers numerous resources, including The Compass Guide to College Admission Testing

What is the difference between the ACT and the SAT?

How does my ACT score compare to my SAT score?



Click here for 2023-2024 ACT Test Dates.


The ACT is a national college admission examination that consists of subject area tests in:

English                   Mathematics                 Reading                  Science

The ACT with writing includes the four subject area tests plus an optional 40-minute writing test.


Students need to check with each college in which they are interested to determine whether or not to take the writing test.


ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the US.


Most students take the ACT in the spring of their junior year and again in the fall of the senior year.


Click here to register for the ACT. Gonzaga Prep’s code is 481245

The PreACT test is taken in October of Sophomore year. 



Click here for 2023-2024 SAT Test Dates


The SAT is a national college admission examination that consists of Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math sections. 


Most students take the SAT in the spring of their junior year and again in the fall of the senior year.

Click here to register for the SAT. Gonzaga Prep’s code is 481245

The PSAT 8/9 is taken in October of the Freshman year.

The PSAT/NMSQT is taken in October of Junior year.



Use the links below for informational purposes.
Always verify testing policies directly with each institution to which you apply!

Test-optional colleges: More Than 1800 Accredited Colleges and Universities That Do Not Use ACT/SAT Scores to Admit Substantial Numbers of Students Into Bachelor-Degree Programs

Colleges that allow self-reporting of ACT and SAT scores