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College Testing

Attention Seniors! The SAT and ACT are now OPTIONAL for most colleges. Depending on your major and other factors, you will still want to see 

CSU: The California State University (CSU) no longer uses ACT or SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses. If accepted to a CSU campus, ACT or SAT test scores can be used as one of the measures to place students in the proper mathematics and written communication courses.

UC: UC will not consider SAT or ACT test scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships. If you choose to submit test scores as part of your application, they may be used as an alternative method of fulfilling minimum requirements for eligibility or for course placement after you enroll.

Private Colleges & Out of State Colleges Vary! If you want to know more about your potential colleges and if they are considering aptitude scores, you can ask any of the staff from our College and Career Center or check the websites for specific colleges and universities.

Dates and Deadlines

2022 - 2023

SAT Test Date*

Registration Deadline
Deadline for Changes ,
Regular Cancellation,
and Late Registration
Mar 11, 2023 Feb 10, 2023 Feb 28, 2023
May 6, 2023

Apr 7, 2023

Register

Apr 25, 2023
June 3, 2023

May 4, 2023

Register

May 23, 2023

*Your registration options will be limited if you aren't taking the SAT for one of its main purposes.

**United States and U.S. territories only.

SAT Registration: SAT Collegeboard

ACT Test Dates

ACT Test Dates  Registration Deadline 
Late Registration Deadline
(Late Fee Applies) 

June 10, 2023

May 5, 2023 May 19th
July 15, 2023* June 16, 2023

June 23, 2023

Sept. 9, 2023 Aug 4, 2023 Aug 18, 2023
Oct. 28, 2023 Sept 22, 2023 Oct 6, 2023
Dec. 9, 2023 Nov 3, 2023 Nov 17, 2023
Feb. 10, 2023 Jan 5, 2024 Jan 19, 2024
April 13, 2024 Mar 8, 2024 Mar 22, 2024
June 8, 2024 May 3, 2023 May 17, 2023
July 13, 2024 Jun 7, 2023 Jun 21, 2023

Test Information Release for the 2023-2024 testing year will occur in September, April, and June. See www.act.org/the-act/tir for more information.

ACT Registration

Do you qualify for free or reduced lunch?  See your counselor for a fee waiver.

Anticipated 2023–24 School Year Test Date

SAT Test Dates:

  • August 26, 2023
  • October 7, 2023
  • November 4, 2023
  • December 2, 2023
  • March 9, 2024
  • May 4, 2024
  • June 1, 2024

SAT Registration

PSAT

Sophomores: All sophomores take the PSAT to prepare for SAT, ACT, and community college placement tests.

Juniors: If you who plan to attend a four-year college you should take the PSAT for scholarship opportunities! (PSAT Not scheduled for 2022 - 2023)

PSAT is offered during school on a Wednesday in October each year.  Sign up in the counseling office in late September/early October. (PSAT Not scheduled for 2022 - 2023)

Study and Prep

Free online practice tests:

  • princetonreview.com - click on SAT or ACT and then select free practice test under Learn More on left hand column. 
  • tutor.com - you need to have a Hayward Public Library card and enter your library card number on the website. Then click on Homework Support and Live Homework Help to access the practice tests.
  • Khan Academy - free online learning - for SAT go to

Free SAT/ACT prep:

Borrow SAT/ACT prep books from the College and Career Center or the Hayward Public Library.