Preparing for the ACT/SAT

It is never too early to start utilizing the free online guides and tips for the ACT and SAT. These college entrance exams are very important in qualifying you for merit based scholarships and helping you secure a spot in your chosen college or university.

We Recommend:

  • Taking the ACT/SAT Prep Course offered at ALA your sophomore year
  • Obtain FREE test-prep materials from your counselor
  • Log on to the websites below, create an account, and have access to numerous ACT and SAT test helps. Including, mock tests, question of the day, and test day tips.

KHAN ACADEMY Test PreparationACT:


Tests from Student ServicesGeneral Concept review/mastery, ACT, SAT, and PSAT Study Guides/Practice are available at Khan Academy. Just create a free login and are also excellent test helps for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT. You can also pick up ACT, SAT, and PSAT Study Guides/Practice Tests from Student Services.

2017-2018 ACT Testing Dates

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration

Sep. 9, 2017

Oct. 28, 2017

Dec. 9, 2017

Feb. 10, 2018

Apr.14, 2018

Jun. 9, 2018


Test fee per test option

ACT (No Writing)

  • $42.50: Includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four college choices (if valid codes are provided when you register).

ACT (With Writing)

  • $58.50: Includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four college choices (if valid codes are provided when you register). The $16.00 writing test fee is refundable, on written request, if you are absent on test day or switch to the ACT (No Writing) before testing begins.
Register online at

2017-2018 SAT Testing Dates

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

Aug 26, 2017Jul 28, 2017Aug 15, 2017
Oct 7, 2017Sept 8, 2017Sept 27, 2017
Nov 4, 2017Oct 5, 2017Oct 25, 2017
Dec 2, 2017Nov 2, 2017Nov 21, 2017
Mar 10, 2018Feb 9, 2018Feb 28, 2018
May 5, 2018Apr 6, 2018Apr 25, 2018
Jun 2, 2018May 3, 2018May 23, 2018
Registration Fees
  • Registration Fee: $26.00 (This covers one test date, on which you can take one, two, or three Subject Tests)
  • Each SAT Subject Test: $20.00 additional per test (Except Language Tests with Listening)
  • Language Tests with Listening: $20.0 additional per test (Only available in November)
Register online at


The PSAT is a test designed very similarly to the SAT. It gives you the best idea of what the questions are like and the timing of each section. It has also proven to increase your SAT test score. Not only is taking the PSAT beneficial for preparing for the SAT, it can also qualify you for national scholarships. will serve as a great test prep, especially if you are interested in qualifying for the scholarships.

Scholarships & Recognition

By taking the PSAT/NMSQT, you may qualify to enter the competitions for prestigious scholarships and participate in recognition programs.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC)

Students in the eleventh grade of high school enter NMSC competitions by taking the PSAT/NMSQT, which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and/or participation requirements. NMSC uses the Selection Index score (the sum of the critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills scores) on the PSAT/NMSQT as an initial screen of program entrants and to designate groups of students to be honored in the competitions it conducts.

For more information about NMSC, visit

National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP)

Our National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) was initiated in 1983 to identify outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students and to share information about you with interested colleges and universities. In order to be eligible, you must be at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino as defined by the NHRP, meet the minimum PSAT/NMSQT cutoff score for your state, and achieve a minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement. (Note: This program is not conducted by NMSC.)

Learn more about qualifying for the NHRP and how it can help you get into college.

National Scholarship Service (NSSFNS)

The NSSFNS offers a free college advisory and referral service for students who plan to attend two-year or four-year colleges. Scores are sent for students in eleventh grade who indicate that they are African American. (Note: This program is not conducted by NMSC.)

For more information, write to:

National Scholarship Service

980 Martin Luther King Drive, SW, PO Box 11409, Atlanta, GA 30310

The Telluride Association

The Telluride Association offers scholarships to gifted juniors for summer seminars in the humanities and social sciences. (This program is not conducted by NMSC.)

For more information, visit or write to:

Telluride Association: 217 West Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850