ACT or SAT? 

Almost all colleges and universities accept both tests, as each serves the same overall purpose. But there are some structural differences between the two.

The SAT is essentially a three-part aptitude test (Reading, Writing, and Math), while the ACT is more of an achievement test with four core sections (English, Math, Reading, Science), and an optional Writing section. Please visit the ACT and SAT websites for test details.

Because some students find that they perform better on one test than on the other, it can be beneficial to take each test once. Then students can retake the test on which they received the higher score. Students test in the spring of the junior year and re-test in the fall of the senior year.

Taking the SAT at Oak Hill

We offer the SAT on our campus on various dates in the fall and spring of each year. For a fee, we offer a 10-session SAT preparation course prior to both the October and May tests. All families will receive registration forms for those classes in the mail. Additional preparation materials and information about the SAT can be found on the College Board website.

Preparing with the PSAT

We offer the PSAT, a practice test for the SAT, each October for all underclassmen, grades 8-11. The results may be used to identify areas of academic strength and weakness, and to choose areas of focus in preparing for the SAT.  Registration is automatic through OHA; no action is required on the part of the student/parent unless you want your student to opt out of the test.

Students may sign up in the office or parents may contact the Counseling Office to register their students.

Other ways to prepare

Take advantage of excellent free test prep materials available for both tests, work hard in school every day, read in your spare time, find the sweet spot academically so you are challenging yourself in your courses, identify your internal motivations that can help you prepare, register for test prep courses in the summer.

We offer a 10-session, fee based SAT/ACT preparation course in the fall and spring.  All families will receive registration forms for those classes with registration

Taking the ACT at Oak Hill

We offer the ACT on campus in the fall and spring of each year. We do not offer a separate preparation course for the ACT, but preparation materials are available on the ACT website.

The ACT organization encourages students to take the most rigorous courses they can manage in order to prepare for the test.

Recommended Testing Schedule

  • Grade 12: SAT and/or ACT during fall semester, and in some cases can be taken as late as the spring semester.
  • Grade 11: PSAT in October. SAT and/or ACT during spring semester.
  • Grade 10: PSAT in October.
  • Grade 9: PSAT in October.
  • Grade 8: PSAT in October.

Details may vary depending on individual situations. Please contact our Counseling Office with questions or concerns about your student’s testing schedule.