College Entrance Examination Boards (CEEB): ACT or SAT?
One part of the college admissions process is standardized test scores. While other parts of the application are important, such as transcripts, essays, and recommendation letters, college admission test scores carry some weight. As you consider going to college, it is important to be aware of the different types of college entrance exams you may encounter and when you should take them. Most colleges accept and look at both ACT and SAT Scores, but make sure you check with the colleges to which you are applying.
When and how to take CEEB tests
Freshmen may take the PSAT 9 in November at Leilehua. Registration is in September. For test preparation and more information go to PSAT 9 on College Board
Freshmen and Sophomores enrolled at Leilehua High School will be given the ASPIRE in February during the school day for free. For test preparation use the button links for ACT Prep at the top of this webpage and for more information check out discoveractaspire.org/parent-overview/
Sophomores and Juniors can take the PSAT/NMSQT in October at Leilehua. Registration is in September and the fee is $16.00. Fee waivers are only available for Juniors if students qualify for the Free or Reduced School Lunch Program. For test preparation use the button links for SAT Prep at the top of this webpage and for more information go to PSAT/NMSQT on College Board.
Juniors enrolled at Leilehua High School will take the ACT in February during the school day for free. For test preparation and more information about the ACT check out the quick links on the buttons at the top of this webpage.
Juniors should register for the SAT offered in May or June . The fee for the SAT is $46.00 or for the SAT with Essay it is $60.00. Fee Waivers are available for qualifying students. Fee Waivers are available for Juniors who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Visit the Hawaii DOE website for eligibility information and the on line application for the free and reduced lunch price program. Students who qualify for the fee waivers will also receive 4 college application fee waivers after testing. These waivers will waive the application fee with participating colleges. For SAT test prep and to register use the quick links on the buttons at the top of this webpage.
Seniors should take the ACT with writing for $62.50 and SAT with essay for $60.00 in between August and October ONLY if they need to improve their scores or if they did not take these tests as Juniors. Fee Waivers are available for Seniors who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Visit the Hawaii DOE website for eligibility information and the on line application for the free and reduced lunch price program. For test prep and to register for either test use the quick link buttons at the top of this webpage. SAT Subject Tests may be required for some college programs. For more information check out SAT Subject Tests on College Board.
Sending your scores to colleges
ACT: When you take the ACT at Leilehua High School on a school day or when you register online to take the ACT on a Saturday, then you can select 4 colleges to send your scores to for free. If you register online for a Saturday test, then you can add or change colleges up to 4 days after you take the test. You may not change your selection after it's made on the school day testing. If you wait to send your scores more than 4 days after you test , then there will be a fee. There is no score report fee waiver for ACT score reports.
SAT: When you register online to take the SAT, then you can select 4 colleges to send your scores to for free. You can add or change colleges up to 9 days after you take the test. If you wait to send your scores more than 9 days after you test , then there will be a fee. If you register to take the SAT with a Fee Waiver, then you have up to 4 additional free score reports that you can send during your testing lifetime, regardless of the number of times you register.
When to send scores: Check with the colleges to which you are applying before you decide to send your ACT or SAT Scores. IF the college will only review your scores once and not allow you to send additional scores later, then you may want to wait to send scores to that college until after you see what you scored. Just remember that there will be a fee to send the scores. If a college "super scores," then that means you want to send all your scores to them because they will look at all score reports and take your highest from each. "Super scoring" colleges are safe to select to send your score reports when your register for the test before you see your scores.