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.
The ACT is a national college admission examination that consists of subject area tests in:
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 SAT also offers an optional Essay. Students need to check with each college in which they are interested to determine whether or not to take the essay test.
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 pre-SAT (PSAT) is taken in October of Junior year.
The SAT also offers Subject Tests, which are one-hour exams based on high school subject material. Some universities require SAT Subject Tests. Refer to your specific schools’ admission testing requirements. Subject Tests also allow students to highlight their achievement in specific subject areas.
Test Prep Information
Both ACT and SAT offer free test preparation.
Use the links below for informational purposes.
Always verify testing policies directly with each institution to which you apply!
Test-optional colleges: More Than 1000 Accredited Colleges and Universities That Do Not Use ACT/SAT Scores to Admit Substantial Numbers of Students Into Bachelor-Degree Programs