Students who are thinking about attending a 4-year college or university directly after high school should take the PSAT/NMSQTOpening in a new window, the SATOpening in a new window and/or the ACTOpening in a new window

*Check SCHOOLS YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT admissions policy webpages to see if this test is required to be considered for admissions. There is no one policy for all schools, research your intentions. 



UPDATE on PSAT TESTING as of Jan 2021: 


At this time we are only able to offer the January 26th PSAT/NMSQT to OHS juniors only.  Those who had filled out the Google Interest Form before January 14th have been notified on how to proceed with payment.  That is all that we can currently offer seats to.  We understand that there are more students who want to take this test and will put them on a waitlist but can not guarantee them a seat.  
Thank you for your understanding and patience.  Please contact Amanda Hall ( with any questions.  



UPDATES on SAT/ACT TESTING as of 9/10/2020:




The PSAT is a practice test for the SAT and is also the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) for 11th grade students. October every year (2020 has been RESCHEDULED - view the message above). Only your junior year scores will count towards the National Merit Scholarship Program.

  • WHEN? The PSAT is given at Olympia High School generally in October. Watch for the posters around the school.
  • WHO? 11th grade students are given first priority for the test. If there is space available then the test will be opened up to 9-10th grade students.
  • PAYMENT/REGISTRATION? Payment and registration for the PSAT can be done at the ASB office.
  • QUESTIONS? Contact your counselor.


Registration for the SAT and the ACT is done through an on-line registration system.

Olympia High School's CEEB Code, is 480835. It is important to use this code when registering for college tests so your scores will be sent to Oly.

ACT Test Dates

SAT Test Dates


Because students are likely to perform better on one of the two major college entrance tests, one strategy is to take both the SAT and the ACT in the spring of the junior year, and then take one of the tests again in the fall of the senior year. Look at the test schedule well ahead of time to avoid paying late fees.


Students who meet eligibility guidelines may qualify for a fee waiver. (ACT fee waiver, SAT fee waiver)  Contact the College & Career Readiness Specialist or YOUR COUNSELOR to request a fee waiver.



Check out these websites for test-prep information. We also have test-prep books for you to borrow from the College and Career Readiness Center:

Local companies are also available for tutoring for a fee.


Washington State 2-year Community Colleges also require testing prior to enrollment. There are different placement tests used by our Community Colleges, so check the school's website for more information. SPSCC uses the Accuplacer exams in Math and English to determine placement in college classes.