Standardized Testing Information

The ACT and SAT are the primary college entrance examinations that are required for admission to most colleges and universities in the United States. College-bound students should take one or more of these exams near the end of their junior year or at the very beginning of their senior year. Scores are reported to colleges, who use the scores as a factor in determining how college-ready the student is. Different colleges and universities have different thresholds for acceptance.

  • The ACT is the most widely utilized entrance exam.
    • Students are tested in four different areas: English, Math, Science, and Reading. There is an optional Writing section.
    • Scores range from 1-36. Generally, a "college ready" score is an 18 or higher, depending on the university.
    • At Wausau East, all students take the ACT in the early spring of their junior year.
    • We offer test preparation options through Method Test Prep, which students can access through their Career Cruising account.
    • Students can take the ACT multiple times and the college will consider their best score.
    • The ACT is offered three times at Wausau East: September, October, and April.
    • For test dates and registration information, please visit www.actstudent.org
  • The SAT is taken by students who are looking to attend elite universities.
    • Students are tested in three areas: Reading, Writing, and Math. There is an optional Essay section.
    • Scores range from 400-1600.
    • Some elite colleges/universities may require SAT Subject tests, which are one-hour tests that focus on a specific subject area.
    • Each October, we offer the PSAT, which is a practice test for the SAT and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying exam. The PSAT is for 11th grade students.
    • Students can take the SAT multiple times. The college will consider the best score.
    • The SAT is offered five times at Wausau East: August, November, March, May, and June.
    • For test dates and registration information, please visit www.collegeboard.org.
  • Please remember:
    • Technical colleges require the ACT, but do not use scores to make admissions decisions. Technical colleges use ACT scores to make course placement decisions.
    • When registering for the ACT and/or SAT, students can select four colleges/universities to send their scores to. Many post-secondary schools require that test scores come directly from the testing agency (otherwise known as official test scores). It costs money to send official test scores after the test has been taken, so it is in a student's best interest to wisely choose which schools to send scores to. Some schools do not require official scores, which means that Wausau East can submit scores on the student's behalf. Check the college or university's website to determine what the school requires.
    • Check the college or university's website for information about typical ACT or SAT scores for admitted students.