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    Follow the links below to register online for the SAT, view and send your SAT scores, and find all the information you need — including exam dates and fees — for the SAT Reasoning Test™, SAT Subject Tests™, PSAT/NMSQT, AP, and CLEP.
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    My College QuickStart™
    If you took the PSAT/NMSQT on or after 2006, you have access to My College QuickStart, a free personalized college and career planning kit based on your test results.

    To sign in, you'll need the access code printed on your PSAT/NMSQT paper score report. If you do not already have a College Board account, you'll be prompted to create one. It typically takes less than two minutes to create your FREE account.

    My College QuickStart includes these features:

    My Online Score Report – An enhanced score report that allows you to review each test question, your answer, and the correct answer with answer explanations.
    My SAT Study Plan – A customized SAT study plan based on your PSAT/NMSQT test performance, highlighting skills for review and practice.
    My College Matches – A starter list of colleges based on your home state and indicated choice of major.
    My Major & Career Matches – Personalized lists of majors and careers plus access to a personality assessment that suggests other compatible possibilities.
    Take a Tour of My College QuickStart

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    The SAT consists of three sections: Critical Thinking, Math, and Writing. Scores from Critical Thinking and Math are added and used for admission to the CSU. Scores from the Writing section will not be used for admission purposes.
    Visit www.collegeboard.com to learn more about the SAT tests and to register online to take the SAT test.

    Once you have taken the SAT test, you should list the CSUMentor institution code, so that CSUMentor can store your scores for any CSU campus to retrieve. The CSUMentor institution code for the SAT is 3594.

    Tip: If you take one test, and you don't feel it accurately indicates your abilities, then you might consider taking the other tests instead of repeating the first test to improve your score.


    The ACT covers four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The sum of the scores for the English, math, reading, and science scores is the sum score for the ACT that is used for admission to the CSU. The ACT also offers, as an option, the Writing Test. The CSU does not require the score from the Writing Test for admission purposes.

    For more information about the ACT and to register for the test and send scores, please go to http://www.act.org/.

    If you have listed a CSU campus as an ACT score report recipient, you can use the ACT Scores Manager to release your score to additional campuses. Before you can use the ACT Scores Manager, you must first have arranged for your scores to be sent to a CSU campus.

    If you have not yet arranged for your ACT scores to be sent to a CSU campus, you can learn how to request this at www.actstudent.org/scores/send/index.html.

    Honors Courses
    The CSU assigns extra points for up to eight semesters of approved honors level and Advanced Placement courses taken in the last three years of high school: A=5 points, B=4 points, C=3 points. No more than two approved honors level courses taken in the tenth grade may be given extra points. A grade of D in an honors or Advanced Placement course does not earn extra points.

    Approved honors level courses means that the courses are identified as honors level on your official high school a-g course list. You can find your school's course list at www.ucop.edu/doorways/.



    The Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a co-sponsored program by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).


    PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.

    The PSAT/NMSQT measures:

     critical reading skills
     math problem-solving skills
     writing skills

    You have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school. This test doesn't require you to recall specific facts from your classes.

    The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:

    to receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.

    - to see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.

    - to enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11).

    - to help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.

    - to receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.

    Information on the Score Report

    PSAT/NMSQT scores are reported on a scale of 20 to 80. In 2006, the average score for eleventh graders was about 48 in Critical Reading, 49 in Mathematics, and 46 in Writing Skills. The average score for tenth graders was about 43 in Critical Reading, 44 in Mathematics, and 41 in Writing Skills. Also listed on your score report is the Selection Index, which is used to determine eligibility in National Merit Scholarship Corporation programs (NMSC). It is the sum of the three scores in each test section (CR + M + W). The Selection Index ranges from 60 to 240. The average Selection Index for students in eleventh grade is about 147. Note: Only students in eleventh grade are eligible to enter NMSC scholarship programs. Finally, score reports include national percentiles, which allow you to compare your scores with other students in your grade level who have taken the PSAT/NMSQT. If you take the PSAT/NMSQT in the eleventh grade, you receive junior percentiles. If you take the PSAT/NMSQT in tenth grade or younger, you will receive sophomore percentiles. For example, a student in eleventh grade with a percentile of 55 has earned a score better than 55 percent of all eleventh graders. Another way to understand percentiles is to imagine 100 students lined up from the lowest (or 1st) percentile at the end of the line to the highest (or 99th) percentile at the front of the line. If you are at the 55th percentile, you would be the 56th person in line, ahead of 55 people in the line and behind 44. Go to Score Report Plus for more information about your score report.


    Calculate Your Index:

    Calculate Your Eligibility Index

    Once you calculate your grade point average, you can use this formula to see if your grade point average and test scores meet the minimum required eligibility index.

    • California residents must have a minimum eligibility index of 2900 using SAT scores or 694 using ACT scores. (The SAT score component for CSU is the sum of the mathematics and critical reading scores. Neither ACT nor SAT writing scores are included in the calculation of the CSU Eligibility Index.)
    • California nonresidents or nongraduates of California high schools must have a minimum eligibility index of 3502 using SAT scores or 842 using ACT scores.

    SAT Scores:

    ACT Scores:

    (Your GPA ) x 800 + Your SAT Total

    >>> My index is ______

    (Your GPA ) x 200 + (10 x ACT Comp)

    >>> My index is ______

    If you apply for admission before you graduate from high school, you should compute your GPA using grades earned in a-g courses completed after the 9th grade. Do not include grades you expect to earn in courses you have not completed.

    • If you are a California high school graduate (or a resident of California for tuition purposes), you need a minimum eligibility index of 2900 using the SAT or 694 using the ACT.
    • Nonresidents of California are required to have a minimum eligibility index of 3502 (SAT) or 842 (ACT).


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    Registration Options

    Signing up online for the ACT is easier, faster, and the same cost as using the paper registration folder. With online registration, you can know immediately if your preferred test center has space for you to test and print your admission ticket.

    You must sign up online if you:
    Either sign up online or use a registration packet if you:
    You must use a registration packet if you:
    Request arranged testing (PDF; 4 pages, 57 KB) if:
    • you are homebound or confined on all test dates
    • there is no test center within 50 miles of your home; or your religious beliefs prohibit Saturday testing and no non-Saturday test centers are scheduled within 50 miles of your home.
    Basic fees
    = $34.00 for the ACT (No Writing)
    = $49.50 for the ACT Plus Writing
       (other charges may apply)

    ACT Score Report Descriptions

    We initially prepare three different reports for each student who tests—the Student Report, the High School Report, and the College Report.

    Type of ReportWhere It's SentWhen It's MailedWhat It Reports
    The mailing address you provide when you register. About 3–8 weeks after the test date—sorry, there is no way to have your tests scored faster ACT Scores, College and Career Planning Information
    High School
    Your high school (only if you authorized reporting). It's kept with your school records. About 3–8 weeks after the test date ACT Scores, College and Career Planning Information
    Each valid college or scholarship agency code you listed and paid for when you registered (up to six). About 3–8 weeks after the test date Everything on the Student or High School report, plus the grades you reported in up to 30 high school courses. It may also include predictions about your performance in specific college programs and courses.

    If you take the ACT Plus Writing, an image of the essay you write will be available to the high school and colleges to which you have ACT report scores for that test date.

    Send Your Scores to Others

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    You can have your ACT scores sent to other colleges and scholarship agencies after you test in addition to the ones you selected when you registered. Requests are processed AFTER your tests have been scored and all scores for your test option have been added to our computer files.

    See delivery options and costs for sending your scores.

    How toOrdering options

    • Online request—Create or log in to your ACT Web account. You must pay by credit card.
    • Telephone service
      You must pay with MasterCard or Visa. This service is for priority reports only, which can only be sent within the U.S. There is an additional $12 fee for telephone service.

    Read these tips for requesting scores to be sent to others.

    NOTEThis service is available for anyone who has tested after October 1, 1966.

    This service is not available for Residual Testing administered by colleges to students who were unable to test on a regularly scheduled National Test Date.

    Understand your scores

    The information on this page applies only to the four multiple-choice tests (English, Reading, Mathematics, Science) and the Composite score. Scoring information for the Writing Test is also available.

    You can also download the student interpretive booklet Using Your ACT Results (PDF; 16 pages, 475KB). It can help you compare your scores to other students who have taken the ACT, learn more about which colleges may be a good fit for you, and explore careers and majors before you decide on a college.

    How ACT figures the multiple-choice test scores and the Composite score

    1. First, we count the number of questions on each test that you answered correctly. We do not deduct any points for incorrect answers.
    1. Then we convert your raw scores (number of correct answers on each test) to "scale scores." Scale scores have the same meaning for all the different forms of the ACT offered on different test dates.
    1. Your Composite score and each test score (English, Mathematics, Reading, Science) range from 1 (low) to 36 (high). The Composite Score is the average of your four test scores, rounded to the nearest whole number. Fractions less than one-half are rounded down; fractions one-half or more are rounded up.
    1. We compute your seven subscores (Usage/Mechanics, Rhetorical Skills, etc.) in the same way, but subscores range from 1 (low) to 18 (high). There is no direct, arithmetic relationship between your subscores and your test scores—this means your subscores don't add up to your test score.

    Relationship between the tests, questions, and subscores

    TestNo. of
    English Test 75 Usage/Mechanics (40 questions)
    Rhetorical Skills (35 questions)
    Mathematics Test 60 Pre-Algebra/Elementary Algebra (24 questions)
    Intermediate Algebra/Coordinate Geometry (18 questions)
    Plane Geometry/Trigonometry based (18 questions)
    Reading Test 40 Social Studies/Natural Sciences reading skills (20 social studies & natural sciences questions)
    Arts/Literature reading skills (20 prose fiction & humanities questions)
    Science Test 40 None: the total test score is based on all 40 questions.

    What are national ranks?

    As your score report explains, the ranks show the percent of recent high school graduates who took the ACT and scored at or below each of your scores. (See also National Ranks for ACT Scores.)

    You can use the ranks to get a sense of your strengths and weaknesses in the four broad areas represented by the test scores and in the seven specific areas represented by the subscores. A high rank in a content area may suggest a good chance of success in related college majors and careers. A low rank may indicate that you need to develop your skills more in that area. If you haven't yet read the part of your report that explains the ranks of your scores, do so now.

    Your high school grades are another way to identify your academic strengths and weaknesses. When you registered for the ACT, you reported your grades in up to 30 specific courses. The average of those grades (calculated by ACT on an unweighted 4-point scale) is reported on your Student Report. Test scores and high school grades together are usually better indicators of future academic success than either is alone.

    If you want to know more about what your test scores can tell you about the skills you are likely to know and what you are likely to be able to do in each content area measured by the ACT, see ACT College Readiness Standards.

Last Modified on March 10, 2017