College Admission Tests: SAT & ACT

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

Due to COVID-19 many colleges are test optional for the Class of 2021 and potentially the Class of 2022. Please visit each college's website and SAT/ACT's websites directly for up-to-date information.
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.

Take a look at THIS ARTICLE 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 late Fall for Juniors and Spring for Sophomores and Juniors, dates can be found in the BUZZ and  via weekly emails. Local test prep companies also offer full-length exams for FREE.
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

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

Test Preparation
 SAT and ACT prep workshops and courses are offered on campus throughout the school year. We do not endorse one company over the another. If you are interested in receiving test preparation from any of the companies listed below, we strongly suggest that you ask for references.
Private Prep
Revolution Prep 
Study Guide Zone