College Testing (SAT/ACT)

For more UC information about SAT/ACT :


  • Class of 2020/2021 - Despite changes to the format and content of AP exams this term, the university will continue to award credit for exams with scores of 3, 4 or 5.

  • Class of 2021 - UC will suspend the standardized test requirement (SAT and ACT) for students applying for fall 2021 freshman admission. This modification is not intended as an admissions policy shift but is rather a temporary accommodation driven by the current extraordinary circumstances.

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A note for fall 2021 first-time freshman: The California State University (CSU) has temporarily suspended the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2021-2022 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility applies only for the fall 2021, winter 2022 and spring 2022 admission cycles. For more information, please visit the First-Time Freshman Guidance and the First-Time Freshman Frequently Asked Questions pages.

ACT, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests are used by colleges to assess academic readiness for college. Deciding on which test(s) to take depends on the college you are applying to for acceptance. Use the links below to get more information about the tests and college readiness.


For detailed information about the ACT (registration, test dates, preparation, and more) go to:


For detailed information about the SAT (registration, test dates, preparation, and more), go to:


Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)

The PSAT test is given in early October. Sign up for the PSAT with the bookkeeper in Poly’s Main office. The cost is $14.00. This test is administered by Poly High School during the regular school day. Online registration for the PSAT is not available.

About the PSAT/NMSQT

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It’s a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills. You have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school. This test doesn’t require you to recall specific facts from your classes.

The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:

  • Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
  • Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
  • Receive information from colleges when you check “yes” to Student Search Service.
  • For more information about the PSAT/NMSQT and the National Merit Scholarship Program, go to:


National Merit Scholarship Program