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There are many important tests that Santiago students take throughout their four years in high school. Some tests,  like the SAT and ACT are required for college. You will find explanations of various tests and dates below. 

The SAT is a standardized test meant to show schools how prepared you are for college by measuring key skills like reading comprehension, computational ability, and clarity of expression. Because so many students take the test, it also provides schools with data about how you compare to your peers nationwide.

You'll almost certainly need to take the SAT or ACT if you're applying to any colleges or universities in the United States, since most require you to submit test scores with your application. Depending on where you want to apply, your ACT or SAT score can account for as much as 50% of the admission decision, so a strong standardized test score is vital.  Seniors take the test in the Fall and Juniors in the Spring.  Below are the 2016-17 test dates.

SAT Test Dates:                        Deadline for Registration:
October 1, 2016                        September 1, 2016
November 5, 2016                    October 7, 2016
December 3, 2016                    November 3, 2016
January 21, 2017                      December 21, 2016
March 11, 2017                         February 10, 2017
May 6, 2017                              April 7, 2017
June 3, 2017                             May 9, 2017
Fee waivers are available in the Guidance Office for students who are on the free/reduced lunch program and qualify with a GPA of 2.50 or higher. 





The ACT is a standardized test designed to show colleges how prepared you are for higher education by measuring your reading comprehension, knowledge of writing conventions, and computational skills and then comparing you with the rest of the high schoolers who take it. It essentially serves as a nation-wide college admission test (though it's far from the only factor schools consider).

Most four-year schools require applicants to submit either ACT or SAT scores (they don't distinguish between the two), which can then make up as much as 50% of the admission decision. A strong standardized test score is a key part of your application.  Seniors take the test in the Fall and Juniors in the Spring.  Below are the 2016-17 test dates.


AP (Advanced Placement Tests):
Advanced Placement examinations are taken each May by students at participating American, Canadian, and international educational institutions. The tests are the culmination of year-long Advanced Placement (AP) courses. All but one of the AP exams combine multiple-choice questions with a free-response section in either essay or problem-solving format.  AP Studio Art, the sole exception, requires students to submit a portfolio for review.   Students who are on the free/reduced lunch program will qualify to take the tests at a reduced fee.  Students must be currently enrolled in the AP course they are testing for.  Any exceptions must be approved ahead of time by the AP Coordinator.  Below are the test dates for the 2016-17 school year.
May 1, 2017:
8:00 AM - Chemistry & Environmental Science
12:00 PM - Psychology
May 2, 2017:
8:00 AM - Spanish Language & Culture
May 3, 2017:
8:00 AM - English Literature & Composition
May 4, 2017:
8:00 AM - US Government & Politics
May 5, 2017:
8:00 AM - US History
May 8, 2017
8:00 AM - Biology & Music Theory
May 9, 2017
8:00 AM - Calculus AB/Calculus BC
12:00 PM - Spanish Literature & Culture
May 10, 2017
8:00 AM - English Language & Composition
May 11, 2017
8:00 AM - World History
12:00 PM - Statistics

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