SAT & ACT Information

SAT Suite of Assessments

Standardized tests can help students understand more about themselves, suggest where they need possible extra assistance, provide an idea on how they compare to others across the nation, and even supply possible career options. Regardless of the examination, to best help the student, each should be taken seriously.  

D303 is sponsoring a Fall PSAT 8/9 for the Freshman Class on 10/11/23. This will be an online exam and students will need to bring their Chromebooks. Click here for details about the Freshman PSAT Day.

D303 is sponsoring a Fall PSAT/NMSQT for the Sophomore Class on 10/11/23. This will be an online exam and students will need to bring their Chromebooks.  Click here for details about the Sophomore PSAT Day

The Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT exam on 10/11/23. The PSAT/NMSQT exam is a preliminary SAT that also opens the door to consideration for National Merit scholarships. This will be an online exam and students will need to bring their Chromebooks. Click here for details about the Junior PSAT/NMSQT Day

The state-required SAT with Essay for Juniors will be offered on April 10, 2024 during the school day.  Sophomores will take the PSAT 10 and Freshmen will take the PSAT 9 exam on April 10th as well. The makeup PSAT 10 will be April 23, 2024. The makeup SAT date is April 24, 2024. The makeup PSAT 9 exam will be April 25, 2024.

We will be providing more SAT-related information during the school year.  We encourage students to explore the free resources and practice testing through Khan Academy. Khan offers 8 official full-length SAT practice tests, plus study and testing tips. Research shows students who prepare for the SAT using Official SAT Practice see substantial improvement in their scores. Twenty hours of Official SAT Practice is associated with an average 115-point increase from the PSAT/NMSQT to the SAT, nearly double the average gain compared to students who don't use Official SAT Practice. All students should set up an account at for free personalized test prep!

Copies of student/parent emails for the Spring Testing below: 

College Board Student Search Service

The College Board Student Search Service allows students to connect with a wide range of opportunities to better understand what they want to do after high school. When students join Student Search, they can receive information from colleges and scholarship programs on majors, campus life, and ways to make college more affordable. See the linked flyer for more information.

Important Tip: If you are creating an account or updating an existing account, be sure to use a personal email address instead of your school email address to prevent issues with future access to your account.

Digital PSAT/sat begins in 2023-2024

What's Changing?

What's NOT Changing?

Alongside the major change to a digital test, some question types will have format changes. The reading passages will be much shorter—one paragraph with one question each, instead of a longer passage with several questions. College Board has also said that word problems in the math section will become more concise. 



Please visit College Board's digital SAT Test page for more information and the most recent updates. 

National test Dates for the SAT 2023-2024

Test Date -Paper SAT Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline

8/26/23 7/28/23 8/15/23

10/7/23 9/7/23 9/26/23

11/4/23 10/5/23 10/24/23

12/2/23 11/2/23 11/21/23

Test Date -Digital SAT Registration Deadline Cancellation Deadline

3/9/24 2/23/24 2/27/24

5/4/24 4/19/24 4/23/24

6/1/24 5/17/24 5/21/24

The SAT will transition to digital for U.S. test centers starting in March 2024. Visit for more information. 

Test dates may change. Check for updates.

The cost of the SAT exam is $60. The change test center fee is $25. The late registration fee is $30. Students may register online at the SAT website.

High School Code-143795

SAT Test Center Code-14555

Note: Sunday administrations of the SAT exam usually occur the day after each Saturday test date for students who cannot test on Saturday due to religious observance.

National test Dates for the ACT 2023-2024

Test Date Registration Deadline Late registration Deadline

9/9/23 8/4/23 8/18/23

10/28/23 9/22/23 10/6/23

12/9/23 11/3/23 11/17/23

2/10/24 1/5/24 1/19/24

4/13/24 3/8/24 3/22/24

6/8/24 5/3/24 5/17/24

7/13/24 6/7/24 6/21/24

*STCE will host the ACT on the dates highlighted in bold font above. 

The cost of the ACT exam is $68. For those who want to take the ACT with the optional Writing test, the cost is $93. The test option change fee is $25. The late registration fee is $36. Students may register online at the ACT website.

High School Code-143795

ACT Test Center Code-189960


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How Does Khan Academy Work With SAT?

Helpful Links

ACT/SAT Concordance Table: click on the link to compare SAT and ACT scores

SAT Website

ACT Website

Khan Academy/Test Prep

ACT Academy/Test Prep

PSAT 8/9 Student Guide 

PSAT 10 Student Guide 

SAT Student Guide 

Test Optional or Test Free Colleges