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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.


Study and Prep

Take a free online practice test.

Free SAT/ACT prep:

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

Dates and Deadlines

SAT and SAT Subject Test Dates:

SAT Test Dates Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline (A fee applies) 
Oct 1, 2022 Sept 2, 2022 Sept 20, 2022
Nov 5, 2022 Oct 7, 2022 Oct 25, 2022
Dec 3, 2022 Nov 3, 2022 Nov 22, 2022
Mar 11, 2023 Feb 10, 2023 Feb 28, 2023

SAT Registration: SAT Collegeboard


ACT Test Dates:

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

Sep 10, 2022

Aug 5, 2022 Aug 19, 2022 - Sep 2, 2022
Oct 22, 2022 Sep 16, 2022 Sep 30, 2022 - Oct 14, 2022
Dec 10, 2022 Nov 4, 2022 Nov 11, 2022 - Dec 2, 2022


ACT Registration: ACT Student

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


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)