Updated: May 2, 2013 1:06PM
College admissions tests — the ACT and SAT — are a huge part of the college application process. High school counselors typically provide students with the lowdown on when to take these all-important tests. Following is a brief guide to how to register for the tests and the test dates for the summer.
Sign up online (actstudent.org/regist/index.html) or use the packet provided by your high school counselor or found in your school’s college guidance office. The cost is $35 for the test without a writing portion and $50.50 for the exam with the writing test. Fees include the option of sending scores to four colleges of your choice for free; the fee for additional schools is $11 per school.
There is a test scheduled on June 8, and registrations received from May 4 to 17 will require a late fee.
Early fall test dates will be Sept. 21 (Aug. 23 registration deadline) and Oct. 26 (Sept. 27 registration). For more information about ACT registration, call (319) 337-1270.
Students can register online (collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/calenfees/
fees.html) or through packets provided by high schools. The cost is $50 for the basic SAT. Additional optional fees include a $23 registration fee for basic subject tests, $23 for language with listening tests and $12 for all other subject tests. Registering by phone costs another $15. Fees include sending scores to four colleges of your choice for free; the fee for additional schools is $10.50 per school.
A summer test will be offered June 1, with late registration from May 17 to 22. Fall testing begins Oct. 5 and 6.
For more information about SAT registration, call (866) 630-9305.
Each testing service does provide late and standby registration for a fee; visit their websites for more information.