Should I take the SAT and/or ACT?
In response to COVID-19 and changes in college admissions, a number of colleges that had previously required SAT or ACT scores for admissions have moved to a test-optional or test-blind policy either temporarily or permanently. It is important that you regularly check the websites of colleges which you are considering applying to so you can stay on top of their requirements.
California State University (CSU) testing policy (as of August 20, 2021):
The CSUs will continue to temporarily suspend the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2022-2023 academic year. Please click here for more information.
University of California (UC) testing policy (as of August 20, 2021):
UC will not consider SAT or ACT test scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships. Please click here for more information.
Class of 2023 and beyond:
Although many colleges have made the permanent decision to no longer require test scores for admissions some colleges have not yet made a permanent decision. Please continue to check the websites of colleges which you are considering applying to.
If a college requires the SAT or ACT for admissions, we recommend that juniors take the test in the spring of their junior year and/or the fall of the senior year.
Over the past year, testing sites have been limited due to COVID-19 so it is important that you register for tests early.
Please check with each individual colleges you are applying to in order to know the testing policies before you make a decision to take or not take a test.
Granada High School offers the PSAT/NMSQT once a year in October. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) measures what you're learning in school, determines if you're on track, and open doors for opportunities to prepare and pay for college. Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT as a junior, can use their scores as a qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship Program.