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College admissions tests are a required component of the college application process. The two national tests are the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) and the ACT (American College Test) Most all four-year colleges and universities will accept either SAT or ACT scores equally, using the higher of the two scores for admission, scholarship, and athletic eligibility. Students can perform quite differently on the SAT and the ACT; therefore, it may benefit students to take both tests.

Many students take the SAT and/or ACT twice – once in the Spring of their junior year and again in the Fall of their senior year. Most students improve their score the second time around.



Inside the Test

Test day is here, and you’ve got everything you need: photo ID, pencils, calculator, snack — and the confidence that comes from knowing what to expect.

You’re On Your Way

One of our biggest goals in changing the SAT was to make sure it’s highly relevant to your future success. The new test is more focused on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. It measures:

  • What you learn in high school
  • What you need to succeed in college

If you think the key to a high score is memorizing words and facts you’ll never use in the real world, think again. You don’t have to discover secret tricks or cram the night before.

The same habits and choices that lead to success in school will help you get ready for the SAT. The best way to prepare for the test is to:

  • Take challenging courses.
  • Do your homework.
  • Prepare for tests and quizzes.
  • Ask and answer lots of questions.

In short, take charge of your education and learn as much as you can.

And One More Thing

Know what to expect.

Find out what kinds of questions you’ll see on the new SAT and what the test will measure. Where do you want to start?

SAT Dates

2017-2018 SAT Dates

2017-2018 Test Dates Normal Deadline Date Late Registration Deadline Online Score Release Date
August 26,2017

July 28, 2017

August 15th, 2017

September 14, 2017

October 7,2017

September 8, 2017

September 22, 2017

October 27, 2017

November 4, 2017

October 6, 2017

October 20, 2017

Nov 23, 2017

March 10, 2018

February 9,2018

February 23, 2018

March 29, 2018

May 5, 2018

April 6, 2018

April 20, 2018

May 24, 2018

June 2, 2018

May 4, 2018

May 18, 2018

June 21, 2018




SAT Fee: $45. (Fee waivers available to students on Free/Reduced Lunch. See the Career Center for more information.)

Register for the SAT @ https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register




The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions, testing 4 subject areas:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Science
  • The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 30-minute Writing Test.

Total test time: 3 hours and 30 minutes (includes a short break) OR just over 4 hours if taking the ACT Plus Writing test.


2017-2018 ACT Test Dates

 Test Date 2017-2018  Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Estimated Score Release
 Sept 9, 2017
August 4, 2017 August 5-18 2017 September 19, 2017
 October 28, 2017  Sept 22, 2017 Sept 23-Oct 6 2017  November 7, 2017
 December 9, 2017
 November 3, 2017 November 4-17, 2017 December 19, 2017
 February 10, 2018  January 12, 2018 January 13-19, 2018  February 20, 2018
 April 14, 2018  March 9, 2018 March 10-23, 2018 April 24, 2018
 June 9, 2018  May 4, 2018 May 5-18, 2018 June 19, 2018
 July 14, 2018  June 15, 2018  June 16-22, 2018  July 24, 2018


ACT Fees: $42.50- without Writing Test OR $58.50 - plus Writing Test (Fee waivers available to students on Free/Reduced Lunch. See the Career Center for more information.)

Register for the ACT @ www.actstudent.org




Testing Information





October & April

Taken at MTHS



Taken at MTHS


7 Test Dates

per school year

Register Online



6 Test Dates

per school year

Register Online




The ASVAB is scheduled for October 26, 2017. Sign ups are in the Career Center.


The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is one of the most widely used, multiple-aptitude tests in the world, developed and maintained by the Department of Defense. It measures a young adult’s strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success.

There are two versions of the test:

  • The student ASVAB, referred to as the ASVAB Career Exploration Program (ASVAB CEP), is used for career exploration and is given in high schools and community colleges.
  • The enlistment version of the ASVAB is primarily given at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) and is used for recruiting purposes only.


The ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP) , takes approximately three hours, covers eight subjects and is composed of 200 questions. The ASVAB CEP is currently a pen and paper test. If it is offered by their school, high school students can take the ASVAB CEP test in grades 10, 11 and 12. They can only take it at the high school they attend, unless special arrangements are made.

The ASVAB CEP also incorporates an interest self-assessment which can help young adults identify potential careers. If the self-assessment is completed online, students also have access to the OCCU-Find, which outlines over 1000 occupations for students to explore based on their interest codes.

ASVAB CEP test results are sent to student’s schools so they can explore career options with counselors. The scores show how well the student did on each subject, and how they compare with others who took the test. There are three composite scores in Verbal, Math, and Science and Technical skills, and the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score is also reported.

The AFQT is the only score reported in both the ASVAB CEP and the enlistment ASVAB. If a student who participates in the ASVAB CEP wants to enlist in the Military, the AFQT score is the score military recruiters will use.



In order to take the ASVAB at a MEPS for enlistment purposes, an individual will need to speak with a recruiter and schedule a time to take the test. ASVAB testing at a MEPS is self-paced and taken on a computer, and it may be retaken after a one-month waiting period. Entitled the CAT-ASVAB, the test is adaptive – meaning it adapts to your ability level.

Those who do not live near a MEPS may take the test (usually paper and pencil) at a satellite location called a Military Entrance Test (MET) site. All military recruits must take the ASVAB, even if they previously took the ASVAB CEP in high school. The MEPS ASVAB adds an Assembling Objects section, for a total of nine subjects.

In addition to the individual standard scores, recruits receive an Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score. AFQT scores are calculated from four ASVAB subtests: Arithmetic Reasoning, Mathematics Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, and Word Knowledge.

AFQT scores are used to determine enlistment eligibility and align applicants to military jobs. Keep in mind that recruits may not be assigned their first choice for a career – each service branch places recruits based on a combination of need and the individual’s knowledge and area of strength. 

NCAA Eligibility Center

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