College Entrance Exams

  • ACT and SAT School Day Exams

    SHS is scheduled to administer the ACT and SAT School Day exams on the following dates:

    ACT School Day (no writing): March 2, 2021

    SAT School Day (no writing): March 24, 2021

    School day testing is open to Juniors and Seniors that need an SAT or ACT score for college entrance or scholarship consideration.
     
    Juniors or Seniors can elect to take one school day exam free of charge. Students wanting to take both exams must pay a $35 fee. Online payment for the test fee can be made from the district Web Store. *Fee waivers are not available for school day exams.
     
    Registration for Spring 2021 school day exams opened December 3, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. and will close January 6, 2021. Click here to register for a school day exam at SHS. For school day registration questions, please contact Cathy Bradshaw at cbradshaw@ems-isd.net.
     
    For students wishing to take both exams, the $35 fee can be paid at the school Web Store. Use this link to make a payment. 
     
    To request accommodations for the ACT or SAT school day exams, the appropriate consent form must be completed and submitted to SHS by January 6, 2021. If a student is seeking accommodations on both exams, both consent forms must be submitted. Email completed consent forms to Judy Ries at jries@ems-isd.net. 
     
     
    *Please note that the testing companies approve or deny accommodations requests. If the accommodation request is not approved by the testing company, the student is not eligible to receive an accommodation on the SAT or ACT exam. Requests will not be submitted for students that do not provide the required consent form by January 6, 2021.
    ACT and SAT National Exam Administrations
    College entrance exams may be taken at various locations on Saturdays. Visit the websites below for more information about each test. Students must register and pay for exams through the testing websites below. Exam fees for national exam administrations are the responsiblity of the student.
     
    *Fee waivers are available for eligible students for national exam administrations. Eligibilty is determined by student's participation in the free/reduced lunch program. Please click here to request a waiver for the SAT and/or ACT Students can receive up to two waivers for each test in high school. The earliest a student can obtain a waiver is their Junior year.

    SHS School Code: 446087

    To register for SAT: www.collegeboard.org
    To register for ACT: www.act.org 
     
    For assistance with registration, students can visit the College and Career Center at SHS during their lunch period on Tuesday or Thursdays for in-person learners, and Wednesdays for remote learners.
     
    To request accommodations for the ACT or SAT national exam administrations, students must follow the process below for each exam.
     
    ACT 
    • Complete exam registration through the ACT website. When registering, students will select that they are wishing to request accommodations on the ACT exam. *Please note that the accommodations approval process could take up to 8 weeks. Register for an exam in advance of that time period to allow enough time for the accommodations request to be submitted and reviewed prior to your test date.
    • Once exam registration is complete, students will receive an email from ACT with instructions concerning the next steps of the accommodations approval process. Students must forward the email and attach the required ACT Accommodations Request Consent Form to Judy Ries at jries@ems-isd.net.
    • Students will be notified by ACT if they are approved or denied accommodations. Notification will be provided via the email associated with the student ACT account.
    • The accommodations approval process must be completed every time a student elects to take an ACT exam.

    SAT

    • Prior to registering for testing, complete the required SAT Accommodations Request Form and email to Judy Ries at jries@ems-isd.net
    • Students will be notified by College Board if they are approved or denied accommodations. Notification will be provided via the email associated with the student SAT account.
    • Once students receive notification from College Board that they have been approved or denied for accommodation use, students must complete registration for the official SAT exam through the College Board website and enter the information concerning the approved accommodations when prompted.
    • The accommodations approval process must only be completed once in high school and will apply to all future tests, if accommodations are approved.

    *Please note that the testing companies approve or deny accommodations requests. If the accommodation request is not approved by the testing company, the student is not eligible to receive an accommodation on the SAT or ACT exam. Requests will not be submitted for students that do not provide the required consent or follow the processes above. The accommodation approval process could take up to 8 weeks, please plan accordingly.

    Preparing for the ACT and SAT

    Free Study Resources for SAT: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat
    Free Study Resources for ACT: https://academy.act.org/
    Testing and COVID 19 
    College Entrance Testing (SAT/ACT/TSI) - Many schools are turning to a test optional policy. 
    • List of Test Optional Colleges – Search this database for schools that have adopted a test optional policy for Fall 2021 admissions. 
    • Texas Christian University, Texas Woman’s University, University of Dallas, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at Austin, and Texas Tech University are among Texas colleges that are now test optional for Fall 2021.
    • Tarrant County College and Dallas Community College District are working with students unable to complete TSI requirements due to COVID 19 restrictions. Students may be able to enroll in select college coursework and complete TSI testing remotely after course enrollment.  

    If the college you are applying to is test optional for Fall 2021, should you still take the SAT/ACT? 

    COVID 19 has provided a barrier to students being able to complete college entrance exams such as the SAT, ACT, and TSI. Colleges recognize the barrier and are implementing policies to provide flexibility for students unable to test. You need to consider the following factors when deciding if you should still take the SAT/ACT. 

    • Not all schools are test optional at this point. Please check your specific college’s policy to determine if testing is required.
    • If you take the SAT or ACT and submit your scores to colleges, those scores could be used as a part of the admissions review process. High scores could help you be more competitive for admissions and scholarship awards. Click below to see how some popular colleges are utilizing SAT/ACT scores. 
    • Certain scholarships may still require test scores as a part of their award criteria. Do your research when applying for scholarships to make sure you meet all the required criteria. 
    • If you do decide to take the SAT and/or ACT, check out the information below to see what to expect on test day. 

National Test Dates

  • College entrance exams may also be taken at various locations on Saturdays. Regisration for the National Saturday Tests must be done through the individual test vendors site. 

    SHS School Code: 446087

    To register for the SAT click on this link www.collegeboard.org

    National Tests held on Saturdays still available for 2020-2021 include:

    Test Date: December 5  Regisration Deadline: November 6

    Test Date: February 6  Regisration Deadline: January 8

    Test Date: April 17  Regisration Deadline: March 12

    Test Date: June 12  Regisration Deadline: May 7

    Test Date: July 17  Regisration Deadline: June 18

    National Test Day costs:

    • SAT with Essay - $64.50
    • SAT with NO Essay - $49.50

    *Fee waivers are available for eligible students for national exam administrations. Eligibilty is determined by student's participation in the free/reduced lunch program. Please click here to request a waiver for the SAT and/or ACT Students can receive up to two waivers for each test in high school. The earliest a student can obtain a waiver is their Junior year.

    To register for the ACT click on the link act.org

    National Tests held on Saturdays still available for 2020-2021 include:

    Test Date: December 12  Regisration Deadline: November 6

    Test Date: February 6  Regisration Deadline: January 8

    Test Date: April 17  Regisration Deadline: March 12

    Test Date: June 12  Regisration Deadline: May 7

    Test Date: July 17  Regisration Deadline: June 18

    National Test Day costs:

    • ACT with Writing (Essay) - $70.00
    • ACT with NO Writing - $55.00

    *Fee waivers are available for eligible students for national exam administrations. Eligibilty is determined by student's participation in the free/reduced lunch program. Please click here to request a waiver for the SAT and/or ACT Students can receive up to two waivers for each test in high school. The earliest a student can obtain a waiver is their Junior year.