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The PSAT is the precursor to the SAT. All juniors take the PSAT at UC Academy in October during the school day.

College entrance exams are part of the application process. The main tests are the SAT reasoning or the ACT. Both tests are accepted at all colleges and universities in the United States. It is suggested that you take both of these exams and then retake them a second time to improve your score. These tests differ in their make up and you should do some investigating to see which test might be better suited for you by looking at their website, reading their published test prep books, or attending a local test prep seminar.

College Board also offers the SAT Subject Tests. Two of these tests are required by the University of California system as well as other colleges or universities, in addition to the SAT Reasoning. You should familiarize yourself with what is required by the college that you are considering.

It is a good idea to begin taking these tests in the Junior year to start planning for your college admissions.

Testing Schedule

SAT Test Dates:

Register by:

August 26, 2017

July 28 or August 15 w/ late fee

October 7, 2017

September 8 or September 27 w/ late fee

November 4, 2017

October 5 or October 25 w/ late fee

December 2, 2017

November 2 or November 21 w/ late fee

*March 10, 2018

February 9 or February 28 w/ late fee

May 5, 2018

April 6 or April 25 w/ late fee

June 2, 2018

May 3 or May 23 w/ late fee

SAT Subject Tests not available on this date (*)

Register at www.collegeboard.com  |  UC Academy School Code: 054356

ACT Test Dates:

Register by:

September 9, 2017

August 4 or August 18 w/ late fee

October 28, 2017

September 22 or October 6 w/late fee

December 9, 2017

November 3 or November 17 w/ late fee

February 10, 2018

January 12 or January 19 w/ late fee

April 14, 2018

March 9 or March 23 w/ late fee

June 9, 2018

May 4 or May 18 w/ late fee

June 14, 2018

June 15 or June 22 w/ late fee

Register at www.actstudent.org  |  UC Academy School Code: 054356

Test Prep

There are several reputable companies out there that offer test prep courses. Some courses will even help you decide which is the better fit for you. Two resources are KAPLAN and Princeton Review who offer local test prep courses, testing diagnostics, and even test prep books.

UC Academy also offers our own SAT Prep Course. It is offered twice during the school year, fall and spring. For more information, please contact Lorraine Hoy at [email protected].

SAT Group Course:  Top quality SAT preparation on-campus! Revolution Prep will be offering their comprehensive, six week course for Upland Christian Academy students to help them prepare for the fall and spring SAT. This course is held on campus. Classes meet on Tuesdays from 6-9pm, and practice exams are held on Saturdays from 9am-1pm. Increasing your child’s SAT score is among the most effective ways to strengthen his or her college application and scholarship options in a relatively short amount of time.  Revolution Prep’s courses include 18 hours of instruction and 5 full-length practice tests which will guarantee a 200 point increase!

For more information or to enroll, go to www.revolutionprep.com or call 1-877-738-7737. Financial assistance is available for any student in need.

Register for the college entrance exams:

ACT: http://www.actstudent.org/

SAT: http://www.collegeboard.org/ 



YES! Although some students’ SAT and ACT test scores are similar, there are a significant number who perform better on one than the other. Therefore it is in your best interest to take both tests at least once to discover which one best suits you. The right time to take the SAT and ACT is spring and summer of your Junior year. We suggest taking it at least twice to ensure that you have achieved a score that meets your colleges’ admission criteria and makes you a strong candidate for academic scholarships.

On the ACT, always yes! You are not penalized for guessing, so never leave it blank. On the SAT, educated guessing is encouraged since only a fraction of a point is subtracted for wrong answers. Never randomly or haphazardly guess on the SAT, no points are subtracted for questions left blank.

You cannot “hide” your SAT scores from colleges. The SAT score report a college receives includes ALL of your test scores, not just the highest.

No, for several reasons. You pay $7 per report if you wait until after testing to send them. The SAT score report a college receives includes ALL of your test scores, not just the highest. You can choose which ACT test score to send to colleges, but to do this you pay $7 per report. When you register for the SAT and ACT, you are given the opportunity to have your score reports sent to colleges for no additional charge.