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SAT/ACT and PSAT Information





When: Tuesday January 26, 2021

Time: 8:00 am  - 12:00 pm 

Where: Santa Ynez Valley High School 

 Fee: $30.00 

Resgister at: 


Please note - PSAT administration may be cancelled due to COVID restrictions



`SAT & ACT: Dates and Info 2020-2021

Santa Ynez Valley High school code is 053340

Register for the ACT:

Register for the SAT:


 Test Dates

Registration Deadlines 

 August 29

July 31

 September 26

August 26

October 3 

September 4


November 7

October 7

December 5 

November 5

March 13 

February 12


May 8

April 8

June 5 

May 6


Test Dates 

Registration Deadlines 

September 12 

August 14 

September 13 

August 31

September 19 

August 31

October 10 

September 17

October 17 

       September 17

October 24 

September 17

October 25 

September 17

December 12 

November 6

February 6 

January 8

 April 17

March 12

June 12 

May 7

 July 17

June 18

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 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 for the 2021-2022 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility applies only for the fall 2021, winter 2022 and spring 2022 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