Beverly Hills High School

College Admission Tests: SAT & ACT

College Admission Tests: ACT, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests

Most colleges accept the SAT or the ACT, so students do not need to take both exams. Keep in mind that many colleges and universities, including the UC schools, require the optional Writing section on the ACT. Students who plan to take only the ACT should sign up for the optional Writing section.

Starting with the March 2016 test date, the SAT is changing, affecting current Juniors. Take a look at THIS COMPARISON CHART to learn the differences between the tests. 

The best way to determine which test students should focus on (SAT or ACT) is to take a FULL-LENGTH PRACTICE SAT and a FULL-LENGTH PRACTICE ACT then compare the two scores as well as their experiences. BHHS offers such exams, usually in NOVEMBER FOR JUNIORS and FEBRUARY/MARCH for Sophomores and Juniors, as a fundraiser for the PTSA and the College Center. Local test prep companies also offer full-length exams for FREE (check the list below).
Some colleges and universities are "test optional." This means that they either do not require standardized testing or they will accept alternate forms of measurement like a graded paper. To learn more, visit the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) at

For a comprehensive guide to college admissions testing, please click HERE and download, for free, The Compass Guide to College Admission Testing.

SAT and SAT Subject Tests
What is the SAT & SAT Subject Tests?
SAT Reasoning & SAT Subject Test Dates 
SAT Registration
What is the NEW SAT?

ACT: What is the ACT?
ACT Test Dates
ACT Registration

Test Preparation
Beverly Hills High School offers SAT and ACT prep workshops and courses on campus throughout the school year. 
We do not endorse one company over the other. If you are interested in receiving test preparation from any of the companies listed below, we strongly suggest that you ask for references.

In Spring 2016, BHHS will offer weekend bootcamps for SAT and ACT preparation as described below. Please download the flyer below for more information and to sign up:

Mock SAT/ACT: Saturday, February 4
SAT Bootcamp: Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5 (
* SAT Prep Class: February 15 - April 26, Wednesdays 3:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. (Course meets every Wednesday and includes 3 Saturday Mock exams, small-group comprehensive SAT guidance)

* ACT Bootcamp: Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2 (
* ACT Prep Class: February 7 - April 4, Tuesdays 3:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. (Course meets every Tuesday and includes 3 Saturday Mock exams, small-group comprehensive ACT guidance)

Compass Education Group 
Khan Academy 
LA Tutors 123 

Princeton Education Network
Princeton Review
Revolution Prep 
Study Guide Zone