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Most colleges require that you take an entrance exam. Check with the colleges you are interested in attending to find out which exams are necessary. A number of colleges do not require the SAT or ACT as a component of admission. Please refer to find these colleges.

Should you take the new SAT, the ACT, or both? Take this quiz.


The best preparation for college entrance exams is exactly what you are already doing, being an attentive student. Enriching your vocabulary, reading widely, writing frequently, and practicing math concepts is your best approach. Although professional test preparation is available, research shows that taking a prep class does not guarantee that your score will increase significantly. We suggest you study on your own the first time you take the test, then reevaluate your studying options after receiving your first scores. Do not wait until a week before you take the exam.




Each SAT Subject Test covers a subject you may study in high school or are skilled in based on personal background (for example, if you are fluent in a language other than English). Only a limited number of colleges or majors require Subject Tests. While SAT Subject Tests are not required for UC admission, some campuses recommend that students vying for slots in competitive majors take the tests to demonstrate subject proficiency.

how to send my test scores to colleges

  • If you send your official SAT or ACT scores to one UC campus, ALL UC campuses can access your scores
  • For sending SAT scores to CSUs - use code 3594, Pay one fee, but all CSU campuses will get your SAT scores.
  • For private/out of state- have scores sent directly to the school


We have partnered with Princeton Review to offer a discount on their test prep. Please click on the link below to view the different services and test prep that they offer. As a Marina student, you are entitled to their Self Pace SAT/ACT Online Test Prep for a discount. Use promo code MarinaHSSP when checking out.
Kaplan free SAT & ACT  Study Guide
Get Kaplan’s free SAT and ACT Study Guide - have questions about the SAT and ACT? Kaplan’s new study guide is your go-to for information on both tests. Download it here for free.
If you need a SAT or ACT fee waiver, please see Ms. Pham in the Career Center

Comparing the ACT vs SAT
SAT Dates 2019-2020
10/05- Deadline: 09/06
11/02- Deadline: 10/03
12/07- Deadline: 11/08
*03/14-Deadline: 02/14
05/02- Deadline: 04/03
06/06- Deadline: 05/08
*No SAT Subjects Tests offered
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ACT Dates 2019-2020
09/14- Deadline: 08/16
10/26- Deadline: 09/20
12/14- Deadline: 11/08
02/08- Deadline: 01/10
04/04- Deadline: 02/28
06/13- Deadline: 05/08
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