SAT/ACT 2021

  • If health conditions allow, SMUHSD will offer the SAT on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 free of charge to current 11th grade students only. There will be a virtual day of instruction for all schools to allow those taking the test to come onto campus. Those interested in taking the SAT were asked to complete a Google Form in late-February. Registration is now closed. If your student is an 11th grader (or another grade level) you can still register for a National Test date at this site.

    Unfortunately we will not be able to offer the ACT to our 11th graders this year as we had hoped. Our only option with the ACT would have been an early April test lasting three days. We simply could not coordinate this given the potential for significant numbers of other students to be on campus at that time. Instead we plan to offer the ACT to this year’s juniors (the class of 2022) in the Fall Semester 2021.  In addition, there is a chance that some of the upcoming National testing dates (Saturday administrations) might proceed as hoped by the ACT. Please consult their website for those opportunities and how to register for them this spring and summer.

    Before deciding if your student should take one of the exams, we ask you to consider the following: the majority of US colleges and universities (including our own University of California/California State University systems) have made these tests either not applicable at all or optional for admission for admission for Spring 2022 admission. This means that many SMUHSD juniors do NOT need to take the SAT nor the ACT. Below are the statements from the CA Public Universities:

    • The University of California, As of this moment the UC system is test optional for Class of 2022, which also means that individual campuses have the option of being test blind.  But no UC campus can require tests. In addition, UC will no longer collect SAT Essay or ACT Writing test scores even if you choose to submit general test scores as part of your admissions application.

    • The California State University System “The California State University (CSU) will continue to temporarily suspend the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2022-2023 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility applies for the following terms: Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023 and Spring 2023 admission cycles. First-time freshmen must meet the following eligibility requirements: be a high school graduate or equivalent; complete the 15-unit comprehensive “a-g” pattern of college preparatory course; and earn a qualifying “a-g” grade point average (GPA).”

    If you would like to know if a college/university to which you plan to apply is requiring the SAT for admission in Fall 2022, you can find that information online. You can also check specific college websites or ask directly at the virtual visits conducted at each school by our College and Career centers this spring.

    Finally, we know that you likely have other questions related to college admissions for your Junior during this challenging time. Your school site college and career center staff along with their school counselor (see links below) are excellent resources to assist you with navigating the process of college admissions as your student’s senior year approaches during this very unique time.

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