How to Prepare

An informed application process starts with thorough research! Finding the right college is your process.  You must decide whether you would like to attend a small or large college, out of state or in California, and/or attend a public or private institution.  Attached you will find a presentation with all the “College Application Basics.” This can be very daunting but the following websites can make the process much easier to understand. You will be creating a great college list in no time!

College Search Helpful Websites    
This website will allow you to conduct college, career and major searches.  You will to create your own profile based on personal preferences.
This website will give you information about the various UC campuses (admission rates, requirements, school profiles).
This is not only the website you will use to apply to the Cal State’s, but it also allows you to learn more information about each individual campus.
This website will provide you information about all private colleges in California.  Please click on “The Guide” to receive a glimpse of admission rates, majors, costs and admission requirements.
This website will allow you to create a profile and find descriptions on all colleges in the United States.
This website allows you to create an extensive profile in order to match you to a college or university based on your interests, skills, GPA, test scores, and other criteria for college selection.  It takes a little time to complete, but you will have a great and extensive list of schools to consider.
This website will not only allow you to acquire information about colleges, but also be able to tour them at the same time.

Reasoning test Type of Test Content-based test
Critical Reading: 2 x 25-min sections and 1 x 20-min section; Math: 2 x 25-min sections and 1 x 20-min section; Writing: 1 x 25-min essay, 1 x 25-min section, and 1 x 10-min section Test Format English: 1 x 45-min section; Math: 1 x 60-min section; Reading: 1 x 35-min section; Science: 1 x 35-min section; Writing: 1 x 30-min essay (optional)
Tricky, questions can be phrased in ways that make them difficult to decipher. Test Style Straightforward, questions may be long but are usually less difficult to decipher
Math, Critical Reading, and Writing scores will each range between a 200-800; total SAT score ranges between 600-2400 Scoring English, Math, Reading, and Science scores will each range between 1 & 36. Composite ACT score is the average of your scores on the four sections; ranges between 1-36
Yes--you lose 1/4 of a point for incorrect answers (except on the grid-in math questions) Penalty for Wrong Answers? No--you do not lose points for incorrect answers
Yes--you can choose which set(s) of SAT scores to submit colleges Score Choice Yes--you can choose which set(s) of ACT scores to submit to colleges
Questions increase in difficulty level as you move through that question type in a section (except reading passage questions, which progress chronologically through the passage) Difficulty Levels Difficulty level of the questions is random
Arithmetic, data analysis, algebra I and II, functions, geometry, formulas are provide in the test booklet Math Levels Arithmetic, algebra I and II, functions, geometry, trigonometry, no formulas are provided
Private schools; schools on the east and west coasts Preferred by? Public schools; schools in the Midwest and south; however, every four-year college in the US accepts ACT scores Registration & more info.