At some point in your high school career, you will take either the ACT or the SAT. As a junior, the ACT will be given to you free of cost at school. But it is a good idea to take both tests and to take one of the tests multiple times. Generally, the second time you take either the SAT or ACT, you will see an improvement in your score due to general familiarity with the test and less test anxiety.
Most Lake Catholic students seem to prefer the ACT, but the SAT can be a great option as well, especially for those students who are strong in Math and Science.
Our recommendation would be to take both tests, and then to take the test of your choice at least one more time.
The essay section for each test is optional, but we recommend taking the essay at least once. While it is not required for most schools’ admissions process, it is a factor that can help you gain acceptance into your college of choice (and it cannot hurt your admissions chances!) Consider the essay to be a “plus factor” that can only help, not hurt, your chances at getting into your top choice school.
ACT/SAT Resources Available to You at Lake Catholic
ACT Prep Classes - October, January and May. These eight-day prep class will provide an overview of the ACT, strategies to beat the test, updates to the test, collaboration time, practice resources and practice feedback.
Free Practice Resources - Available in the Guidance Offices
ONLINE - Both the SAT and ACT have great online practice resources to you, available for free! Navigate to act.org or sat.org. Khan Academy is a great test-prep resource.
Open Door Policy - If you have a question, or if you need help, Just Ask!
Test Optional List
This list includes bachelor degree granting institution that do not require all or most recent U.S. high school graduates applying for fall 2023 to submit ACT/SAT results before admissions decisions are made. As the restrictions column indicates, some schools only exempt applicants who meet minimum grade or class rank criteria; others use ACT/SAT scores solely for course placement. Please check with individual schools for details.
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