College Admissions Tests

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OHS CEEB Code: 480835 

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For testing accommodations based on Disability (IEP or 504 plan), students must submit an Eligibility form.  Review the procedure thoroughly on the testing webpage when you register, then contact your counselor for approval and processing.    Students should allow approximately seven weeks for processing.


The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a nationally normed test of student critical thinking skills to determine chances of academic success at college. Administered seven times a year, the test is offered on Saturday mornings at Olympia High School and lasts over 3 hours and 45 minutes. The three areas scored are Critical Reading, Math, and Writing.  


A nationally normed test providing testing in four sub areas: English, math, reading, and science. There is also an optional writing test. The test is offered locally on scheduled Saturdays at Capital High School and lasts several hours.  The ACT covers 215 questions in 2 hours and 55 minutes, plus an optional 40-minute Writing Test.   The ACT is scored on a 36-point scale. Each of the four multiple-choice sections receives a score of 1 to 36, and your composite score is an average of your four section scores. 



Subject tests in specific subject areas offered several times per year. These tests are required by the more competitive colleges for admissions consideration. Check each college's website for specific admissions requirements.



The Practice Scholastic Aptitude Test is offered to sophomores and juniors in October of each year. It is an opportunity to take a test similar to the actual SAT under real testing conditions. Students receive detailed score information back which can help them assess their strengths and areas for improvement. Juniors who do well may qualify to participate in the National Merit Program.


ACCUPLACER test is taken prior to enrolling in most community colleges or technical schools.  It uses the latest computer-adaptive technology and the questions you see are based on your skill level. Your response to each question drives the difficulty level of the next question so it’s important to give each question as much thought as you can before selecting your answer.

  • The number of questions varies depending on which ACCUPLACER tests you take. There could be as few as 12 questions or as many as 40.

  • No one passes or fails ACCUPLACER tests, but it’s important to complete the test using your best effort, so you and your college have an accurate measure of your academic skills.