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ACT & SAT Resources

About the ACT & SAT

The ACT & SAT are very important college entrance exams. Many 4 year colleges and universities require students to take and send their official ACT or SAT scores to complete a college application. A number of college scholarships also require ACT & SAT scores. Students may take the ACT or SAT up to 12 times during their high school career.  Retaking the tests often results in higher grades.  


Every Spring, Palo Verde juniors take the ACT for free in school.  Students who wish to take the SAT or retake the ACT will need to register online.


The ACT is comprised of four required subtests: Math, Reading, English, and Science. The writing component is optional since not all colleges require the Writing subtest.


The SAT includes three subtests - Math, Critical Reading, and Writing.

2018-2019 Remaining Test Dates


Test Date Feb 9  Apr 13  Jun 8 Jul 13
Registration Deadline Jan 11 Mar 8 May 3 Jun 14
Late Registration Deadline* Jan 18 Mar 25 May 20 Jun 24


Test Date  Mar 9   May 4 Jun 1 
Registration Deadline Feb 8 Apr 5 May 3
Late Registration Deadline* (by mail) Feb 19 Apr 16 May14
Late Registration Deadline* (by phone or online) Feb 27 Apr 24  May 22

 * Note that late registration will require paying a late fee.

Registration & Fees

Register For The ACT
Register For The SAT

To register online for either the ACT or SAT a student must create a username and password. Once a high school student creates their username and password they must also complete a student profile by answering questions such what classes they have taken or plan to take in high school. Most students take about half an hour to one hour to complete registration the first time for an ACT or SAT test date.

ACT Fees

ACT: $50.50

ACT with writing: $67.00 

SAT Fees

SAT: $47.50

SAT with essay: $64.50


ACT and SAT Fee Waivers

If a student is eligible for free or reduced lunch they also qualify to take the ACT and/or SAT twice for free using fee waivers.  Waivers can be obtained from Ms. Conway or Ms. Burns-Wortham.

Free, Official ACT & SAT Test Preparation


ACT Academy - Official, personalized practice from ACT

Official test preparation booklets from ACT with full length practice tests

2018-2019 Preparing for the ACT Booklet 

2017-2018 Preparing for the ACT Booklet 

2014-2015 Preparing for the ACT Booklet

2011-2012 Preparing for the ACT Booklet

2008-2009 Preparing for the ACT Booklet



Official SAT Practice Tests - From CollegeBoard, the maker of the SAT

Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy - CollegeBoard has joined with Khan Academy to provide personalized practice

Additional ACT & SAT Study Resources

University of Arizona ACT Preparation Course - $350; scholarship is available for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch
University of Arizona SAT Preparation Course - $350; scholarship is available for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch

Prepping for the ACT - This website had good information about preparing for the ACT

Kaplan Test Prep - Test prep for both ACT and SAT; payment required


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