SAT, ACT, & ASVAB TESTING
Standardized Test Preparation (SAT or ACT)
If you are planning to go to a four-year college, you may want or need to take the SAT or the ACT. In Washington State, most colleges are now test-optional. This means you are not required to take the SAT or ACT in order to apply for admission, and you will not be penalized for not taking the tests.
Some colleges require an alternative in place of test scores, such as a letter of recommendation, participation in dual credit courses, or success in certain high school classes. Requirements vary by campus—always check with each college directly for the latest admissions information.
While some test-optional colleges won’t look at test scores, others will consider them if submitted. In that case, not testing won’t hurt, but good scores could help. There are also private scholarships that take test scores into account.
Spend some time preparing before you take a standardized test. Learn about each of the sections the test contains and what types of questions will be in each section. Make sure you understand the rules for each section, for instance, whether a specific section will require multiple choice answers or an essay. Take a practice test so that you get a feel for the types of questions you will encounter.
SAT Dates and Deadlines – SAT Suite | College Board
RSD typically offers:
October PSAT - 10th & 11th
October SAT - 11th & 12th
March SAT - 10th & 11th
ACT Registration | ACT Testing Dates | The ACT Test
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program
You may have mistakenly heard that the ASVAB is only used by the military. The ASVAB is so much more than “a military test”!
The version of the ASVAB available in schools is one part of the ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP) and is used for career exploration and planning. It is different from the enlistment version of the ASVAB, which is primarily given at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) and used for recruiting purposes only.
It is important to note that taking the ASVAB and participating in the ASVAB CEP does not obligate you to talk with military recruiters or consider a military career.
The ASVAB CEP is available at no cost to all high school students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades and early post-secondary students to help them plan for the steps they need to enter their desired career field.
one test in fall, one in late winter.
Test dates for 2023-2024 school year: Nov 8 at 7:30am and Feb 28 at 7:30am in the LRC.
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program includes a validated aptitude test and interest assessment. The results are used to guide career exploration using our career planning tools. The ASVAB CEP is designed to help all students in 10th grade and above answer the burning question, "What job is right for me?" Planning for a bright future starts with career literacy. Career literacy is knowing facts about yourself and the world of work. It's what every student needs to make informed career decisions. A student who knows their strengths, skills, and interests is better prepared to make decisions about their future goals. The ASVAB is your resource to provide this insight.
The ASVAB also helps the DoD not just determine whether you are a good fit to join the service, but also which service branch you might be best for and even what military jobs you can hold after you finish basic training or boot camp. The better your ASVAB score, the broader your options.