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College Admissions Testing


Homestead's CEEB code is 053462


More information on ACT and SAT are included in these handouts.

Testing For College Admission

ACT vs. SAT Handout

The New SAT Detailed Handout

SAT Reasoning & SAT Subject(s) Tests

SAT Reasoning

The SAT is one of the Standardized tests required by colleges. It measures three skill categories: critical reading, mathematics and writing. Each section is worth 800 points, with a total of 1600 points. The SAT test has 4 sections, and writing is optional.


SAT Subject(s)

The SAT Subject(s) Test is required by several private colleges.  Check their websites.  It is not required by the UCs, but it is recommended if you are an engineering major. The test measures a student's knowledge in a particular subject area. Each test is worth 800 points. A student can take up to three subject tests in one sitting. The subject areas include languages, history, science, english and mathematics.

List of "Test Optional" Colleges


The PSAT (Preliminary SAT) is a standardized test that provides practice for the SAT. Juniors who take the test can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The PSAT has three sections: critical reading, math and writing skills. It is offered once a year in October.

  • About PSAT/NMSQT

  • Test dates for October 2017 is Saturday, October 14th.  Juniors and Sophomores can sign up in the ASB office during brunch or lunch beginning September 5th.  Cost is $28.  You will be assigned a testing room the day of the test. Assignments will be posted.  Bring your student ID.


Advanced-Placement (AP) are considered to be college-level courses students can take while in high school. Students usually take the AP test in their course's subject matter. AP tests are administered in May

Advanced-Placement (AP) are considered to be college-level courses students can take while in high school. Students usually take the AP test in their course's subject matter. AP tests are administered in May and the score ranges from 0 to 5, with 5 as the highest. Three is considered the minimum passing score.

Unlike honors courses, students may earn college credit, depending on their AP test scores and the college's requirements. To find out more about AP tests, please visit the CollegeBoard website.



The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is occassionally required by colleges for students who are (or have been) enrolled in an English Learner course in high school. In some cases this test is dependent on a student's residency. We recommend that students check out the testing requirements of the colleges that they are interested in.

Free Online Test Preparation


The ACT is one of the standardized tests required by colleges. It has five categories: english, mathematics, reading, science and an optional writing section. Each section is scored separately and combined together for a composite score. The highest score a student can receive is 36.