High school students take several different types of school-wide tests and optional tests. All 11th graders participate in CAASP testing during the month of May. Several other tests, such as the ACT and SAT, are used by colleges and universities as part of their entrance requirements. These tests are optional for our students, however we encourage all students to take both exams.

College Entrance Testing Options

There are two major college tests, the SAT and ACT. Here are some tips on deciding to take one or both tests.

  • Visit the website for the universities and colleges that you will be applying to in order to make sure you meet each university's and college's testing deadlines.

  • California State Universities (CSU's) require the SAT Reasoning or ACT with writing.

  • University of California schools (UC's) require the SAT Reasoning or ACT with writing and two SAT Subject Tests. See the individual University websites for more detailed information. Some campuses prefer certain subject tests depending on campus and major.

  • Private colleges and universities require the SAT Reasoning or ACT w/writing. Some private schools do not require the writing test. See the individual website for each individual school for admission requirements. It is best to take the writing portion in case it is required.

  • Highly selective private colleges and universities also require two or three SAT Subject Tests. See individual school websites for admission requirements. Some campuses prefer certain subject tests depending on major, etc.

  • Community colleges do not require any entrance exams. However, students will be required to take math and English placement tests when applying to determine math and English levels for appropriate course enrollment.


The PSAT is the practice test for the SAT (Scholastic Achievement Test). It is offered one time a year in the Fall. Students will receive their test booklets back as well as a score report with information about ways to improve scores. Students are recommended to test in both grades 10 & 11 to have a chance at earning a National Merit Scholarship. The district and the Met are committed to offering the test to all students in grades 9-11.

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