Standardized tests are an important part of the college admissions process. Colleges and universities use a number of criteria when making an admissions decision. Our College Counselors in collaboration with the Testing Coordinator support your child in their efforts of being well prepared to take the SAT, ACT, and for international students, the TOEFL. College Counselors communicate important information about upcoming test dates as related to college application deadlines. Here’s an overview of what to expect.
Testing is the student’s responsibility to communicate with the Testing Coordinator regarding all standardized tests he or she is taking. The Testing Coordinator will assist students in registering for the ACT, SAT and TOEFL; however, students are responsible for meeting all registration deadlines.
ACT and SAT
Wasatch Academy recommends that juniors take both the ACT and SAT in April and May to assess which exam they score higher on and which test format they prefer. All colleges throughout the country will accept either the SAT or the ACT. Seniors are likewise encouraged to take the exams again in September, October, and/or November of the senior year. Wasatch Academy recommends that students take the December tests as well, if needed. It is the student’s responsibility to take the proper tests and to have the scores sent to colleges from the testing agency.
Accommodations on SAT/ACT
If a student qualifies for accommodations on a standardized test (ACT, SAT, TOEFL), it is the parents’ responsibility to ensure a copy of all current documentation is on file in with the Learning Services Department at Wasatch Academy. Information on services for students with disabilities may be found at http://www.actstudent.org/regist/disab/ and https://www.collegeboard.org/students-with-disabilities and http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/register/disabilities/
Advanced Placement Examinations
Students in Advanced Placement classes are expected to take the Advanced Placement Examinations in May. Successful candidates may earn college credit, advanced standing, or exemption from certain courses.
Students whose native language is not English are expected to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) during their junior and senior years. All United States colleges and universities require this test for admission purposes for international students and others who do not speak English in the home.
Standardized Testing for Underclassmen
All freshmen take the PSAT 8/9 in October. All sophmores take the Pre-ACT in October. Juniors take the PSAT / NMSQT in October. Updated testing information is available from the Testing Coordinator or online at www.act.org and www.collegeboard.org.
Taking the test
The SAT Reasoning Test and Subject Tests are administered at Wasatch Academy in October, November, December, and May. Our test center number is 45-115. The ACT is administered at Snow College.
School Code Numbers
Wasatch Academy’s school code number is 450-230. Use this for all College Board, ACT, and Advanced Placement testing, and on all college application materials. Be sure that this number is on your registration forms.
Filling Out SAT and ACT Registrations
Fill out all registration materials online. Don’t forget to fill in all information completely and use your full legal name as it appears on your passport.
Reporting Test Scores
It is the student’s responsibility to know which colleges require which tests and to request that his or her scores be sent from the testing agency to the colleges. Wasatch Academy does not report test scores for the ACT, SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject Tests, TOEFL, or AP on the transcript.
It is the student’s responsibility to pay all fees for having test scores sent to the colleges.
It is important to understand that the testing service may also require additional time for scores to be sent. Careful attention to deadlines is extremely important. Students should keep careful records of which tests they take and where they send their scores. The best time to have test results sent to colleges is soon after the completion of their final standardized test.