SAT/PSAT & ACT Information
COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TESTING OVERVIEW
Prior to COVID-19, the following information about college admissions testing was given to students:
Most 4-year colleges require the SAT or ACT.
Most colleges that require an SAT or ACT score will accept either one interchangeably.
Most 2-year community colleges DO NOT require the SAT or ACT for admissions.
- We recommend that college-bound students take the SAT and/or ACT in the spring of their junior year, and retake the exam(s) in the fall of their senior year, if necessary.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, many colleges (including all SUNY colleges and universities) have adopted test-optional admissions policies to ease the burden on current applicants to locate testing centers (many of which are not operating). Some schools will remain test-optional beyond the 2020-2021 admission cycle, and others may again require an SAT/ACT score for admissions in the coming years when testing is safe to do again. Please check carefully with the schools that you plan to apply to in order to fully understand each school's admission criteria for your cohort.
PSAT EXAM INFORMATION
Taking the PSAT is typically recommended for juniors who are planning to attend college. Sophomores enrolled in English 10 Honors and/or Math 11H are also encouraged to take the exam.
SAT Exam Information
ESM plans to administer the SAT on Saturday, May 8th, 2021.
For additional test dates, information on fees, access to practice tests, score reporting, or to register for the exam, please visit the College Board's SAT web page.
OCC is offering an SAT prep course this spring, March 24 - May 5, 2021.
Syracuse University is offering a free SAT prep course this spring, March 27 - April 24, 2021.
Khan Academy offers testing strategies, practice questions, and full-length practice tests.
ACT EXAM INFORMATION
ESM does not host the ACT Exam. We encourage students to take this exam at one of the local testing sites.
For test dates, information on fees, access to practice tests, score reporting, or to register for the exam, please visit the ACT website.
Please review ACT's Test Day Checklist before you take the exam!
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
ESM DOES NOT send SAT/ACT scores to colleges. Students must send their scores to colleges from their College Board (SAT) or ACT accounts.
If you are a student who receives free/reduced lunch, then talk with your school counselor about the possibility of obtaining a fee waiver before registering for the SAT/PSAT/ACT.
If you received a fee waiver for the PSAT, then you have likely already qualified for an SAT fee waiver. If you attempt to register for the SAT and your fee is not waived, then see your school counselor.
Students with disabilities:
SAT: The College Board makes all decisions about testing accommodations. See your school counselor at least two months before registering to ensure that a request for testing accommodations has been submitted. When testing accommodations have been approved, you will be assigned an SSD Identification Number, which you must enter when you register for the SAT.
ACT: When registering for the exam, indicate that you require testing accommodations. Forward the email that you receive from ACT to your school counselor, along with the signed release form that ACT will prompt you to complete.