ACT & SAT Testing

Standardized testing is an important aspect of college admissions for the majority of colleges and universities around the world.

Taking an ACT or SAT a second or third time is also as a chance to improve scores. Some students choose to take both the ACT and the SAT, but both are widely accepted at most, if not all, colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Students register for both the national ACT and national SAT and SAT 2 subject tests on their own. A limited number of registration fee waivers are provided by ACT and SAT.  See your Counselor for more information.

Students should review all testing requirements for specific colleges and universities directly on the official college websites. As well, all dates for testing and registration should viewed only on the official ACT and SAT websites, not third party websites.

Click on the links for ACT and SAT DATES and REGISTRATION

For more information on the ACT and SAT, please choose from the following resources:

ACT  – Official website

SAT – Official website

Tips For Designing Your Testing Timeline

What’s the new SAT and which one should I take (the official word) ?

What’s the new SAT (the unofficial word) ?

ACT v the current SAT?

Which test is taken more?

What is the SAT 2 (Subject Tests)?

How Colleges Use Admissions Tests

Are there colleges or universities that don’t consider testing as part of admissions?

Testing Accommodations: Some students, such as those with diagnosed and documented disabilities, or those with 504 Plans, Special Education IEP’s, Health Plans, and other individual cases, may apply for testing accommodations for any standardized test given at Mead High School. For the National ACT, the SAT, PSAT and AP Exams, students and families work in conjunction with their Mead High School Counselor and special education Department to apply for accommodations. Follow the links for information on ACT Accommodations and PSAT/SAT and AP Accommodations.


The PSAT/NMSQT will be held at Mead High School in October each year during the school day.  The PSAT is an optional test and will be available to all juniors (though limited amounts of tests are available, so students should sign up early if they would like to test). Click here for more information on the PSAT/NMSQT.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Dates

First two weeks in May each year.

Click here for more information about AP Exam Dates and FAQs

Test Preparation Resources:  The market for online and site-based, local test preparation is large and varied.  To help you decide on what type of test preparation you might choose, we recommend that you talk to other students, friends and neighbors regarding their experience.  As a means to narrowing down your choices, take a look at this helpful article.

Online Test Prep Resources (just a sampling) : 

Official ACT Test Prep

Official SAT Test Prep

Official SAT Test Prep in conjunction with Kahn Academy

College in Colorado

Khan Academy

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Local Test Prep Resources:

College Insights

Longmont Tutoring Club (Free ACT Practice Tests! Monthly dates – see website)

Tutor Doctor

Dream Catchers


Princeton Review


Doorway to College

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