College Admissions Testing








$68 with essay (optional)

How to register


$70 with essay (optional)

How to register


Who qualifies?

  • low-income (free/reduced lunch)

To request a fee waiver click here.

Contact: Mrs. Smith

  • Can be used only in 11th and 12th grade

  • 2 SAT tests with or without essay

  • Unlimited score reports to send to colleges

  • Waived application fees at participating colleges

  • Can be used only in 11th and 12th grade

  • You may use a maximum of four separate fee waivers total.

  • Provides free access to The Official ACT® Self-Paced Course, Powered by Kaplan®.

  • Waivers do not cover test date or test center changes,standby fee, or any other services.


  • It is recommended that students take the SAT/ACT for the first time during Spring of their Junior year.

  • Use your personal email, not your school email.

  • Save your username and password in a safe place

  • Provide your full legal name & other identifying info - Make sure the information matches you school ID and school records

  • Choose up to 4 schools you want to send your scores to. It’s FREE if done before taking the test.

  • Print your registration ticket!

  • If you need accommodations due to a learning disability or English Learner status please email your school counselor before completing your SAT and/or ACT registration.

  • Want to prepare: SAT Prep or ACT prep


SAT 2021

Test dates

Registration deadline

ACT 2021

Test dates

Registration deadline

May 8, 2021

April 8

April 17, 2021

Mach 12

June 5, 2021

May 6

June 12, 2021

May 7

July 17, 2021

June 18



  • For private/independent schools, and out-of-state universities, check with each school you want to apply to find out their requirements.

  • For CSU visit exam requirements

  • For UC visit exam requirements

  • Community Colleges (such as Palomar College) do not require SAT/ACT scores.

Questions?  Please contact Mrs. Smith in the MHHS College & Career Center at

PSAT - Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test

PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It's a standardized test that provides first-hand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills.

The NMSQT portion uses the scores from the math, verbal reasoning, and writing to find the top 1% of the nation's juniors for eligibility in participating in Merit and Achievement programs.

The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:

  • To receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • To see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • To enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11).
  • To help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
  • To receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.

The PSAT is administered once a year in October. Talk to your counselor to find out how to sign up for the test at Mission Hills. For more information about the PSAT, click the link below.

ACT- American College Test

The ACT is a college admissions test used by schools throughout the country to measure a student's educational development in English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning. Scores range from 1 (low) to 36 (high) for each of the four tests. The Composite score is the average of the four test scores, rounded to the nearest whole number. There is an optional writing assessment which is required by certain colleges; check the ACT website or the college website to determine if you will need this section. We encourage students to take the ACT Plus writing. This test is offered several times throughout the year. Mission Hills is not a test site for the ACT.

For more information about the ACT and how to register, click on the link below. Registration for the ACT is the responsibility of the student and ideally done online.

SAT Reasoning - Scholastic Assessment Test

The SAT Reasoning Test is a college admissions test comprised of three parts - a critical reading section (which tests skills such as vocabulary and reading comprehension), a mathematics section (which tests algebra, geometry, and other math concepts) and writing (grammar, usage, and word choice). The SAT assesses the critical thinking skills students need for academic success in college—skills that students learned in high school. The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors.

Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800, with two writing sub-scores for multiple-choice questions and the essay. It is administered seven times a year at various sites off campus. Mission Hills is not a test site for the SAT. Registration for the SAT is the responsibility of the student and ideally done online. Students can register though The College Board.

For more information about the SAT and how to register, click the link below.

AP- Advanced Placement

AP tests are placement tests taken after completing a college level course. These are high school examinations based on college level courses. AP exams are given once a year in May. The scores are primarily used for college placement, credit or advanced standing. The most highly selective colleges may also consider AP scores as part of the admission decision. Universities grant either advanced placement and/or credit with qualifying score. Tests are administered in May to students completing appropriate courses.

Unlike honors courses, students may earn college credit, depending on their AP test scores and the colleges' requirements. To find out more about AP tests, click HERE.


TOEFL is a college admission/placement test to evaluate English proficiency of students whose native language is not English. It's generally required of undergraduates seeking a first degree and graduate students seeking an advanced degree. The TOEFL is offered at over 300 test centers around the world and the computer-based test may be scheduled at the convenience of the student.

To learn more about the TOEFL test and how to register for the test, visit the following website.

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