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College Entrance Exam Testing and Test Prep

According to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) 2020-21 schedule of Illinois State Assessments, juniors will take the SAT at PNHS on April 13, 2021.  

Students who are interested in taking additional tests outside of school can learn more about the tests, view dates/locations, register, and prepare for the tests on the SAT (College Board) or ACT websites.  

Deciding whether to take the SAT and/or ACT outside of school is a personal/family decision.  Each test is different, so some students may get a higher score on one test or the other.  Students should do research to compare the SAT and ACT tests.  Taking a practice test and comparing scores is a great way to predict which test students should expect to score higher on.  Keep in mind that colleges will accept either test, and scores are converted using the ACT/SAT Concordance Tables

After taking a test, you can check the SAT or ACT website to see when to expect your results as well as to access your scores.


Test prep


Joliet Junior College is offering in person ACT/SAT Test Prep Workshops this spring.  

Also, many students also use Khan Academy to prepare online.




Most colleges are test optional for current seniors planning to attend college in the Fall of 2021.  Some colleges will continue this policy for current juniors who plan to attend college in the Fall of 2022, but most haven't announced their decision on this yet. 

Admission Testing 2020:  The Ongoing Impact of COVID-19 is a webinar recording from Jan. 12, 2021 hosted by Hinsdale Central and the Compass Education Group.  In addition to analyzing the range of implications, motives, and trends related to the complex test-optional movement, Compass shared best practices for exam selection (SAT or ACT) and preparation.

A list of list of institutions that are "test optional," "test flexible," or otherwise de-emphasize the use of standardized tests by making admissions decisions without using ACT or SAT scores is posted at FairTest, The National Center for Fair and Open Testing. 




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