Attention University Bound Juniors -

You need to take the SAT and/or ACT this spring!

Information is available in the counseling office.

There are fee waivers for eligible students.


General Information on the ACT/SAT.

  1. When should the test be taken:

Best: Take first test spring of junior year, retake again before December of senior year

  1. Fee waivers (for students who have completed and qualify for the Free/Reduced Lunch program) cover the cost of the exam and are available in the counseling office.

Each student can use two test fee waivers which qualify you for four college application fee waivers.

  1. Tests are offered at Eureka High School on the dates below and start at 8:00 am.

ACT: Test and Registration Dates 2016-2017                             register at:

SAT: Test and Registration Dates 2016-2017                         register at:

Test Dates


U.S. Registration Deadlines (Expire at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, U.S.A.)


Late (a fee applies)

October 1, 2016

SAT & Subject Tests

September 1, 2016

September 13, 2016 (for mailed registrations) September 20, 2016 (for registrations made online or by phone)

November 5, 2016

SAT & Subject Tests

October 7, 2016

October 18, 2016 (for mailed registrations) October 25, 2016 (for registrations made online or by phone)

December 3, 2016

SAT & Subject Tests

November 3, 2016

November 15, 2016 (for mailed registrations) November 22, 2016 (for registrations made online or by phone)

January 21, 2017

SAT & Subject Tests

December 21, 2016

January 3, 2017 (for mailed registrations) January 10, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)

March 11, 2017

SAT only

February 10, 2017

February 21, 2017 (for mailed registrations) February 28, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)

May 6, 2017

SAT & Subject Tests

April 7, 2017

April 19, 2017 (for mailed registrations) April 25, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone) 

June 3, 2017

SAT & Subject Tests

May 9, 2017

May 16, 2017 (for mailed registrations) May 24, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)





ACT and SAT Reasoning Test Comparison                   Eureka High School



SAT Reasoning Test


Assessment Test: measures what you know (like cumulative final)

Aptitude Test: Measures your ability to use what you know to solve problems


English:   grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, style

Math:   algebra; coordinate and plane geometry; trigonometry (only 4 out of 60 questions)

Reading Comprehension:   arts, literature, social studies

Science:   reasoning questions based on reading passages

Writing (optional):   30 minute student-written essay (required for UCs and some private colleges)

Critical Reading/Writing: All Reading questions are multiple choice and based on passages. Informational graphics accompany some passage, but no math is required. You to be an editor and improve passages that were written especially for the test — and that include deliberate errors.

Math covers a range of math practices, with an emphasis on problem solving, modeling, using tools strategically, and using algebraic structure. You’re allowed to use a calculator for part of the Math Test

Length of exam

3.5 hours

Optional writing: additional 0.5 hour

3 hours (3.50 with Essay)

Optional Essay: Highly recommended 50 min

How questions appear

No order of difficulty

No order of difficulty

Scoring method

Scores based on number of right answers. No penalty for wrong answers

Earn points for the questions answered correctly .No advantage to leaving blanks.


1 – 36 for each subject, averaged

together for a complete score

21=average score nationally

800 each for Critical Reading and Writing, and Math. Optional essay scored separately


1000 = an average score nationally

Based on school curriculum


New test is more aligned then previous

Practice Test

PSAT: taken typically in fall of junior year

Best time to take the real test

BEST: Spring of Junior year

2nd Best: Early fall of Senior year

BEST: Spring of Junior year

2nd Best: Early fall of Senior year

When you should register

At least 4 weeks before the test date

At least 6 weeks before the test date

Should you prepare

for the test?


(although the best preparation is to do

your best in high school courses)


How to prepare

On-line help from website below; test prep books for purchase

Free sample test from high school Counseling. on-line help from website below; test prep books for purchase


(fee waivers available)

$39.50 for ACT (no writing)

$56.50 for ACT Plus writing

Late Registration: add $25.00

Regular Registration: $54.50

Late Registration: add $28.00

For more information


(319) 337-1270

College Board

(866) 756-7346