ACT/SAT Testing Information & Dates

Most colleges require a college entrance exam. The two tests available are the ACT (American College Test) and the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test).

Colleges do not require both tests to be taken. Some students choose the take both tests, but that is not required. The test preferred by colleges in Minnesota and surrounding states is the ACT.

Test early in order to receive your scores in time to apply to the schools or your choice.

You may pick up the registration material for both tests in the Career Center. Practice tests for both the ACT and the SAT are also available in the Career Center. Technical Colleges and Community Colleges do not require the ACT or the SAT tests. They do require admitted students to take a basic skills assessment test, called the Accuplacer.

ACT Testing Dates
September 21, 2013August 23, 2013
October 26, 2013September 27, 2013
December 14, 2013November 8, 2013
February 8, 2014January 10, 2014
April 12, 2014March 7, 2014
June 14, 2014May 9, 2014
  • lists the current fees associated with the ACT test.
  • For more info on the ACT test, see ACT, Inc. (
  • Test registration and practice materials for all tests may be picked up in the Career Center.
  • Fee waivers are available in the Career Center for students who qualify for free or reduced lunches.
SAT Reasoning and Subject Testing Dates
October 5, 2013September 6, 2013
November 2, 2013October 3, 2013
December 7, 2013November 12, 2013
January 25, 2014December 27, 2013
March 8, 2014February 9, 2014
May 3, 2014April 6, 2014
June 7, 2014May 8, 2014

Last Minute SAT/ACT Prep
  • With limited time, the best way to prepare is to use an ACT or SAT review book (available in the Career Center). These booklets have sample questions and will also provide explanations for the correct answers.
  • Take notice of the concepts, format and directions required for each section.
  • Make flashcards for common SAT/ACT vocabulary words (lists are available online at a variety of Websites) and basic math formulas and concepts.
  • Practice the “process of elimination.” If you don’t know the right answer to a question, recognizing the wrong answers can improve your odds of guessing correctly.
  • Pay attention to the types of questions you’re spending the most time answering. On test day, consider answering those questions last. Don’t spend more than four minutes on any single question.

ACT/SAT Test Day Dos and Don’ts
  • Check and double-check the location and time of your test. Be sure you know exactly what you need to bring with you (i.e your I.D., admissions ticket, etc.) Arrive early. Locate bathrooms and drinking fountains and make yourself at home.
  • Dress comfortably. Be sure to bring a sweater or jacket in case the room is cold.
  • Bring a snack. An energy recharge during the breaks can really help.
  • Be prepared for emergencies. Bring extra pencils and erasers just in case.
  • Read the directions and test questions carefully.
  • Pace yourself. Pay attention to how many sections you must complete and allot a reasonable amount of time for each section.
  • Before time is up, review your work. Make sure you have marked your answers correctly.
  • Your entrance exam is your time to shine! Relax, prepare and get ready to go in there and do your best.

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