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ACT logo What is the ACT?

The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.

When Should I Test?

Pick a test date that is at least two months ahead of the application deadlines of all the colleges and scholarship agencies you might want to apply to. Scores for the ACT (No Writing) are normally reported within 3–8 weeks after the test date. Many students choose to take the test during their junior year. There are several advantages to taking the test early...Learn more.

Why Should I Take the ACT?
  • The ACT multiple-choice tests are based on what you're learning. They are directly related to what you have learned in your high school courses.
  • There are many ways to prepare. Taking challenging courses in high school can help, but ACT also offers a number of test preparation options including free online practice tests, testing tips, and a free student booklet "Preparing for the ACT."
  • The ACT helps you plan for your future by allowing you to provide a profile of your work in high school and your career choices to colleges.
  • The ACT helps colleges find you by putting you in a system that makes you visible to colleges and scholarship agencies.
  • The score is based on the number of correct answers--you are not penalized for guessing. You choose which scores you send you colleges. When you register, you can choose up to four colleges to which ACT will send your scores. If you take the test more than once, you choose which test date results the colleges will receive.
Where Can I Take the ACT?

Thompson High School is a testing center for the ACT! 

 Visit the ACT website for testing dates at other locations...

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SAT logo What is the SAT?

The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms.

When Should I Test?

Most students take the SAT during the spring of their junior year of high school. Many students choose to take the SAT a second time in the fall of their senior year after becoming familiar with the test day experience.

What Does the SAT Test?

The SAT tests the skills you’re learning in school: reading, writing and math. Your strength in these subjects is important for success in college and throughout your life.

  • The reading section includes reading passages and sentence completions.
  • The writing section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage.
  • The math section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.

See a breakdown of what's on the test by visting their website.

When Can I Take the SAT?

There are several SAT testing dates available during the school year:

To register for the SAT, visit their website.