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SAT/ACT and PSAT Information





When: Saturday, October 15, 2022

Time: 8:00 am  - 12:00 pm 

Where: Santa Ynez Valley High School 

 Fee: $35.00 

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Practice Options:


Khan Academy – free test prep linked to Collegeboard and PSAT scores

PowerScore offers free practice tests for SAT and ACT. 

PrepFactory offers free practice questions for SAT and ACT. You may make an account if you wish to save your work/progress. Or select "Get Started (Without An Account)" located on the bottom right of your screen.



Please note – Exams at SYHS may be cancelled due to COVID restrictions

Four year college SAT/ACT admission requirement policy change information:
University of California (UC schools)
 Fall 2021 and fall 2022 enrollment

UC will be "test-optional" for fall 2021 and fall 2022. Freshman applicants are not required to submit SAT/ACT test scores. 

What does "test-optional" mean? 

  • You choose whether or not to submit SAT/ACT scores with your application.
  • If you are unable or chose not to submit test scores, your application will still receive full consideration. 

 SAT/ACT scores may be used for:

  • Admissions: Some campuses may choose to consider your test scores as part of their application review process. Remember, no admission decision is based on a single factor.
  • Scholarships. Some scholarships may include test scores as a factor in selection.
  • Determining eligibility for the statewide admissions guarantee. 
  • Course placement after you enroll.
Cal State University (CSU schools)
A note for fall 2021 and fall 2022 first-time freshman: The California State University (CSU) has temporarily
suspended the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses f​or the 2021-2022 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility applies only for fall 2021, winter 2022, spring 2022, fall 2022, winter 2023, and spring 2023 admission cycles. For more information, please visit the First-Time Freshman Guidance and the First-Time Freshman Frequently Asked Questions​​ pages. ​
Private Colleges - Many are test optional, students must check each school's admission test policy