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ACT/SAT Testing

ACT Test Dates

Blair Oaks High School Code 261557


Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 8, 2017 August 4, 2017

August 5-18, 2017

October 28, 2017* September 22, 2017

September 23 - October 6, 2017

December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017

November 4-17, 2017

February 10, 2018* January 12, 2018

January 13-19, 2018

April 14, 2018* March 9, 2018

March 10-23, 2018

June 9, 2018* May 4, 2018

May 5-18, 2018

July 14, 2018

June 15, 2018 June 16-22, 2018


*Denotes ACT being offered at Blair Oaks High School

Go to to register.


The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject areas in:  English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science.  You'll earn one ACT score (1 to 36) on each test (English, Math, Reading and Science) and a composite ACT score, which is an average of these four tests. The composite score falls between 1 and 36. The national average is about 21.

The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject tests plus a 30-minute Writing Test.  Not all colleges require the writing test.  You can check see which colleges require the writing test.   If you take the writing test, you will receive a writing test subscore and a combined English/writing score. Your essay will be scored holistically—that is, on the basis of the overall impression created by all the elements of the writing. Two trained readers will score your essay, each giving it a rating from 1 (low) to 6 (high). The sum of those ratings is your Writing subscore, which is reported on a scale of 2 to 12.

ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S and a majority of Blair Oaks students will need to take the ACT.  You must register for the ACT test on the website  Parents are not able to complete the registration without the student present.  Expect the process to take 30-45 minutes.  It includes an interest inventory and payment must be made by credit/debit card.

Visit the ACT’s website to register for the ACT or ACT Plus Writing, view testing schedules, find test prep information, etc.


The SAT is a college admissions examination that tests critical reading, writing, and mathematics.  Each section of the SAT (critical reading, mathematics, and writing) will be scored on a 200-to-800 point scale, for a possible total of 2400.  You will also get two “subscores” on the writing section: a multiple choice score from 20 to 80, and an essay score from 2 to 12.  The national average on the SAT is 1500.

SAT Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where you excel. SAT Subject Tests allow you to differentiate yourself in the college admission process or send a strong message regarding your readiness to study specific majors or programs in college. There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics and science.

Visit the College Board website to register for the SAT, view SAT and SAT subject test schedules, find test prep information, etc.



  • The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school.
  • The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities.
  • The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test. 
    You take the ACT Writing Test only if required by the college(s) you're applying to.
  • The SAT has only 3 components: Critical Reasoning, Mathematics, and a required Writing Test.
  • The SAT has a correction for guessing; that is, they take off for wrong answers.
    The ACT is scored based on the number of correct answers with no penalty for guessing.
  • The ACT has an Interest Inventory that allows students to evaluate their interests in various career options.
  • While a majority of Blair Oaks students take the ACT, you can find more information about which test may be right for you on the Princeton Review’s website (


The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).  It is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. Juniors need a highly selective index score in the 99 percentile range to have a chance at qualifying as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. Students who choose to take the PSAT will take it in October of their Sophomore and/or Junior year. The score they recieve their Junior year is the only score which can qualify for the National Merit Competition.