• Know your options for standardized tests!

    PSAT: www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about

    Many SHS sophomores will take the PSAT in October. It is good practice for the SAT and test scores are the qualifiers for a National Merit Scholarship or a Letter of Commendation. There are five sections: two verbal, two math, and one writing skills.

    Wednesday October 17th - test date here at SHS
    Sign-ups will be September 11th - 20th at the Fees Window. 
    Spacing is limited so be sure to sign up as soon as it opens. 

    SAT & ACT:
    Students can take either the SAT or the ACT college placement tests. All colleges and universities in the U.S. now accept both. Which test should you take? There are some key differences between the two tests so do some research before you decide. Many students end up taking both tests.

    Most students take the SAT or ACT in the spring of their junior year, and many will re-take the test when they are seniors (scores will generally improve). Please be aware that community colleges do not require students to have taken the SAT or the ACT in order to attend. We still recommend students take one or the other if they plan on applying to scholarships, which often do require minimum SAT or ACT scores minimum SAT or ACT scores.


    TEST PREPARATION HELP: Test Preparation Help


    Register Here:  www.sat.collegeboard.com
    The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are a suite of tools designed to assess your academic readiness for college. Registration is done online. ONLY ONE TEST DATE IS HERE AT SANDY HIGH SCHOOL. It is in bold out of the dates listed below. The cost is $49.50 (no Writing Test, 3 hours) or $64.50 (with Writing Test, 3 hours and 50 minutes) Late registration is an additional $30.00. You must have a payment method and electronic photo of the student on hand when you register. Change fee of $30 for change of date or test location.

    SAT Subject Tests: Some colleges require a separate SAT Subject Test. Scores are used in the admissions decision process or for course placement. Subject tests are offered on the regular SAT test dates, but are administered in a separate room. You may take up to three exams on a test date. Each subject test lasts an hour and has an additional fee. Research your top colleges to see if they require an SAT Subject Test.

    SAT TEST DATES 2019-20:
    October 5th – Registration Deadline September 6th – Late Registration Deadline September 17th*
    November 2nd – Registration Deadline October 3rd – Late Registration Deadline October 15th* 
    December 7th – Registration Deadline November 8th – Late Registration Deadline November 19th* AT SHS
    March 14th – Registration Deadline February 14th – Late Registration Deadline March 3rd*
    June 6th – Registration Deadline May 8th – Late Registration Deadline May 19th*

    *Additional fee for late registration.

    Register Here:  www.actstudent.org
    All U.S. colleges accept the ACT as an alternative to the SAT. Registration is done online. ONLY ONE TEST DATE IS HERE AT SANDY HIGH SCHOOL. It is in bold out of the dates listed below.There are four sections: English, math, reading, and science reasoning. The cost is $50.50 (no Writing Test, 3 hours) or $67.00 (with Writing Test, 3 hours and 30 minutes). Some colleges require the ACT Writing Test, so check their individual websites before you register. Late registration is an additional $30. Change fee of $30 for change of date or test location.

    ACT TEST DATES 2018-2019:
    October 26th – Registration Deadline September 20th – Late Registration Deadline October 4th*
    December 14th – Registration Deadline November 8th – Late Registration Deadline November 22nd*
    February 8th – Registration Deadline January 10th – Late Registration Deadline January 17th* AT SHS
    April 4th – Registration Deadline February 28th – Late Registration Deadline March 13th*
    June 13th – Registration Deadline May 8th – Late Registration Deadline May 22nd*
    July 18th – Registration Deadline June 19th – Late Registration Deadline June 26th*

    *Additional fee for late registration.

    *Fee waiver slips for the SAT and the ACT are available if your student is part of our Free & Reduced Lunch Program. Please have your student bring in a copy of the letter you received stating their particpation in the program to Ms. Simoni in the College & Career Center. If you need a copy of the letter parents must call Food Services at 503.668.3377 to request a copy. Copies can be released to parents only. Please contact Molly Simoni at 503.668.8011 x7111 or molly.simoni@ortrail.k12.or.us with any questions. 

    Before you invest hundreds of dollars on an SAT or ACT practice course, check out some of the excellent free online test preparation sites that are out there.  We have listed a few below.  Highly recommended to take early so that if you would like to retake to try for a better score there are test dates still available to do so. Also be sure to take before the deadline to any colleges or scholarships you might be applying for if they require the scores for your applications!

    Are you taking the SAT or ACT soon?  The best way to prepare is to start taking practice tests.

    • Khan Academy is now partnered with the College Board for free, online SAT practice. Take a full-length SAT, watch videos explaining questions you missed, specific math, reading and writing SAT tutorials. khanacademy.org
    • Free SAT practice tests – no usernames or passwords: majortests.com
    • Print full-length ACT and SATs. You will need to time and score them yourself. Free: powerscore.com/sat
    • Comprehensive study guides, practice tests, and strategies… free! sparknotes.com/testprep/
    • Learning Express Library offers free SAT tutorials and practice tests. You can find it by logging into
    • CIS: oregoncis.uoregon.edu (Username: sandyhigh  Password: pio2000) then log-in to your portfolio (or create a new portfolio) to access the Learning Express site. For password reset or login questions please contact Molly Simoni at molly.simoni@ortrail.k12.or.us.
    • Multiple articles on the SAT and ACT, test prep advice: fastweb.com/content/test-prep

      Any questions please contact Molly Simoni in the College & Career Center at 503-668-8011 x7111 or molly.simoni@ortrail.k12.or.us