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SAT & ACT Test Information

Many colleges expect students to take a college-placement test, such as those provided by the College Board and ACT. It is recommended that every student take the ACT and SAT at least once Junior year (Spring semester) and once Senior year (Fall semester). ​ This gives colleges and scholarship organizations multiple test scores to work with for super scoring and eligibility.

SAT and ACT Test Fee Waivers

Students in the 11th and 12th grade who qualify for the Free/Reduced Prince Lunch Program may be eligible to take the ACT and SAT for free. Students enrolled in 9th or 10th grade are not eligible for test fee waivers.  Juniors and Seniors can request test fee waivers from their school counselor if they qualify.

SAT and ACT Testing Dates and Information

SAT Test Dates & Registration Deadlines

ACT Test Date & Registration Deadlines

*Students with an IEP or 504 will not automatically receive accommodations for AP, PSAT, ACT, or SAT testing.  A signed consent form is required to start the process. Please complete the appropriate form below and return to your school counselor by the deadline listed. 

Testing Accommodations Information and Deadlines

SAT Consent for Accommodations Request 

ACT Consent to Release Information

National Standardized Test Information

The college admission tests are given by two testing agencies, the College Board (CEEB) and the (ACT) American College Testing Program. The College Board is an association of approximately 5,000 colleges, schools, school systems, and education associations throughout the country. The CEEB offers the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT Reasoning Test, SAT subject tests in 15 subject matter areas), and the Advanced Placement program (AP). The PSAT, a two-hour test of verbal and mathematical skills administered in October, previews the SAT Reasoning Test, and serves as the qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship program for juniors. The State of Florida pays for every sophomore to take this exam and we strongly encourage all freshmen and juniors to participate. Since the PSAT/NMSQT does qualify students for scholarships, all juniors are expected to take the exam.

The American College Testing program (ACT) is a private testing agency associated with colleges of varying sizes and types and is used for admission at most colleges in the U.S., as well as qualifying for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The ACT, a test for juniors and seniors, is administered six times a year. The ACT is a three-hour examination which measures the student’s ability in English usage, mathematics, social studies, and natural science. Scores range from 1 to 36 on the ACT.

Students can apply for the SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject Test, and the ACT on-line. The web site for the SAT is www.collegeboard.com and www.actstudent.org for the ACT. Beachside High School’s Code Number is  for the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test), SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), the ACT (American College Test), and the AP (Advanced Placement exams).

ACT and SAT Frequently Asked Questions

When should I take the tests?
Seniors – each test at least once Fall semester, Senior Year
Juniors – each test at least once Spring semester, Junior Year
Underclassmen – as needed or desired

How do I pay for the tests?
Students should pay for the tests with a credit card.  Seniors and Juniors may qualify for test fee waiver. See above for more information. Test fee waivers are provided per company policy. Currently, the testing companies do not allow test fee waivers to be used by 9th or 10th grade students.

What can I use my scores for?
College admissions, scholarships, dual enrollment eligibility, and EOC/FSA Concordant scores.

Who should I send my scores to?
Colleges you are applying or you may apply to in the future.

How do I prepare for these tests?
Participate in your high school classes, ACT/SAT Boot Camps, and practice online (ACTStudent.org and CollegeBoard.org). There are also test prep sessions offered in the community, such as the free sessions offered at University of North Florida.

Will taking the test again erase my previous scores?
No. Colleges and Bright Futures often use “Super Scoring” for admissions. This means they use your highest score in each area, no matter when you took the test, and combine them for a Super Score.

What if my score seems low?
Take the test again! Think about how you prepared for the first test. Adjust your prep habits based on what you learned from taking the test. See the above answer about Super Scoring.