College Admissions Testing

  • While some colleges/universities do not require standardized test scores any more (See link to FairTest below), many use them as one of the indicators of a student's predicted success in college. The two that are used for college admissions are the SAT and the ACT - each testing students a little differently and both being accepted equally at all colleges and universities.  
    As all students are different and may perform differently on tests, it is encouraged, that if possible, students take both the ACT and SAT to determine if one would be better than the other to send to colleges.  If students choose to just take one of the exams and is unsure which to take, the student should consult with her/his parents and school counselor.
    If students qualify and recieve free or reduced lunch, they should see their school counselor for a waiver to register for either test.

    It is important to note that the SAT has undergone substantial changes beginning with the March 2016 test. Students and parents should consult with their school counselor about which test(s) to take.

  • PSAT

    Benefits of the PSAT:

    • To prepare students for college admissions testing - SAT and ACT.
    • To support appropriate course selection and academic placement
    • For students to be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Program

    Who: Sophomores and Juniors

    When: October 16, 2019

    Where: Barnstable High School

    How to Register:

    Sophomores: ALL Sophomores will automatically be registered. The district received funding to cover the costs of all sophomores taking the PSAT.

    Juniors: Juniors are encouraged to take the PSAT in preparation for the SAT and/or ACT they will take at the end of their junior year.  All 11th grade students are being notified (via BlackBoard) that they can take the PSAT for a fee of $17 (payment via MySchoolBucks)  The cut off date for registering is October 7, 2019.  We will be having the preregistration on October 8th during TGA in the main cafe.

  • ACT

    The ACT Assessment is designed to assess high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning.

    Test Dates

    Registration Dates

    September 12, 13 & 19, 2020

    August 31, 2020

    October 10, 17, 24, & 25, 2020

    September 25, 2020

    December 12, 2020

    November 6, 2020

    February 6, 2021

    January 8, 2021

    April 17, 2021

    March 12, 2021

    June 12, 2021

    May 7, 2021

    July 17, 2021

    June 18, 2021



    The New SAT has substantial changes beginning with the March 2016 test and will look a lot more like the current ACT. 

    Test Dates

    Registration Dates

    September 26, 2020

    August 26, 2020

    October 3, 2020

    September 4, 2020

    November 7, 2020

    October 7, 2020

    December 5, 2020

    November 5, 2020

    March 13, 2021

    February 12, 2021

    May 8, 2021

    April 8, 2021

    June 5, 2021

    May 6, 2021

    Comparing scores on the Old SAT with scores on the New SAT
    Convert scores on the Old SAT to the New SAT or the New SAT to the Old SAT with the Score Converter 


    The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is used as an alternative college admissions test OR in conjunction with the ACT/ SAT for students for whom English is not their first language. Students who have been English Language Learners (ELL) in high school, should take the TOEFL to submit to colleges.


    FairTest finds that nearly 850 four-year colleges do not use the SAT or ACT to admit substantial numbers of bachelor degree applicants.