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College Entrance Requirements

SAT & ACT Test Dates and Costs


Most four year colleges/universities require students to submit scores from either the SAT Reasoning or the ACT. Both tests can also be used in place of the community college and 4 year college assessment tests for placement in math and English classes.  Preparation & practice will help you do your best on these tests.

  • Some colleges and certain majors also require SAT Subject tests.
  • All UCs require SAT with Writing, CSU’s do not, private and out of states schools varies
  • All UCs require ACT with Writing, CSU’s do not, private and out of states schools varies
  • Be sure to take the SAT/ACT at the earliest date possible– some college will not accept scores after October of your senior year!

SAT Test

2016-2017  Test Dates


Regular Registration

Late Registration

October 1, 2016

SAT & Subject Test

September 1, 2016

September 20, 2016

November 5, 2016

SAT & Subject Test

October7, 2016

October 25, 2016

December 3, 2016

SAT & Subject Test

November 3, 2016

November 22, 2016

January 21, 2017

SAT & Subject Test

December 21, 2016

January 10, 2017

March 11, 2017

SAT only

February 10, 2017

February 28, 2017

May 6, 2017

SAT & Subject Test

April 7, 2017

April 25, 2017

June 3, 2017

SAT & Subject Test

May 16, 2017

May 24, 2017



SAT Costs: 

SAT Test Only                                    $45.00             Waitlist Fee                                           $ 46.00

SAT with Essay                                  $57.00             Late Registration Fee                           $ 28.00

SAT Subject Tests:                                        

- Basic Registration Fee                     $26.00             Change Test/ Date/Test Center            $ 28.00

- Language Tests w/ Listening            $26.00             Extra Score Report                               $ 12.00

- All other Subject Tests                      $20.00             Scores by Phone                                  $ 15.00


ACT  Test

2016-2017 Test Dates

Regular Registration

Late Registration

September 10, 2016

August 7, 2016

August 8-19, 2016

October 22, 2016

September 16, 2016

 Sept.17 – 30, 2016

December 10, 2016

November 4, 2016

November 5-18, 2016

February 11, 2017

January 13, 2017

January 14-20, 2017

April 8, 2017

March 3, 2017

March 4-17, 2017

June 10, 2017

May 5, 2017

May 6-19, 2017



ACT Costs:

Basic Registration Fee          $42.50                         Late Registration Fee               $27.50

ACT Plus Writing                   $58.50                         Standby Testing Fee                $51.00

Test Date Change                  $24.00                         Extra Score Report                  $12.00

Know the School Codes

When you register for the SAT or ACT, you can have the scores sent to a certain number of schools free of charge.  If you need to add schools at a later date, you will be charged an additional fee. Be strategic about your free scores!  Here are some tips:


For California State Universities (CSU)


            SAT - CSUMentor Code for SAT is 3594

You can list CSUMentor as an SAT score recipient; CSUMentor will then store your scores for ALL CSU campuses to utilize.


            ACT – Send to 1 CSU & use the Score Manager

If you have listed a CSU campus as an ACT score report recipient, you can use the ACT Scores Manager on CSU Mentor to release your score to additional campuses. Before you can use the ACT Scores Manager, you must first have arranged for your scores to be sent to a CSU campus. 

For Universities of California (UC)

You can have your official scores sent to one UC campus, and all campuses you apply to will receive them.


SAT - For the SAT Reasoning Test, the UC will focus on the highest total score in the College

Board's Score Choice module, ensure that all scores are sent to UC.


ACT Plus Writing - For the ACT Plus Writing test, the UC will focus on the highest combined

score from the same test administration.


Free SAT/ACT Test Prep Resources


ACT Test Practice Packet:


SAT Online Practice Options:


KHAN Academy Download a full SAT practice test, get test tips and videos on how to solve problems, practice with interactive questions. The official source for college & career planning in California.  Go to, click “College Planning”, then “Test Prep” to find Community Colleges Test Prep, SAT and ACT Test Prep and Vocabulary Test Prep.


The San Diego County Library offers a fantastic prep site for San Diego residents.

On the ECHS homepage, click the Academics tab, then Library.  Choose Online Databases from the menu on the left and scroll down to the Testing & Education Reference Center icon. Click the icon and copy and paste the User ID and use 0000 as the PIN. 

Hover over the College Prep Tools then choose from the dropdown menu.  You can download free online prep books, or take full length practice tests.


Advance Placement Prep The University of California College Prep Initiative announces free online AP Course preparation to all high school students.  


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