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SAT/ACT Testing

What is SAT?

The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

Taking the SAT is the first step in finding the right college for you — the place where you can further develop your skills and pursue your passions. But SAT scores are just one of many factors that colleges consider when making their admission decisions. High school grades are also very important. In fact, the combination of high school grades and SAT scores is the best predictor of your academic success in college.

How can I sign up for SAT/ACT?

Students can register for SAT and ACT on their respective websites. Students must create and account and a profile for their account in order to register. Students can also register with a mail-in packet that they can obtain from their school counselor. 

How can I get a fee waiver for the SAT or ACT?

Any students needing waivers to register for ACT and SAT should allow 1-2 school days to receive their waivers. Test dates and deadlines are posted on the ICHS School Counseling website as well as sat.collegeboard.org and actstudent.org

Students will only receive waivers once they have submitted documentation indicating they meet qualifications outlined by ACT and SAT. The waiver eligibility chart must be returned to the student's grade-level counselor (11th: Ms. Harden; 12th: Ms. Roberts) along with documentation indicating financial need or assistance. A waiver eligibility packet can be found in the School Counseling office. Only 11th and 12th grade students may receive fee waivers for these tests.

If students need waivers to register for the ACT or SAT, and the deadline is during a time when students are not in school, students should request their waiver at least a week in advance of the break. Counselors are not in the building during winter break, spring break, or summer break and are unable to provide students with test fee waivers at those times. 
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