Important Testing Updates & Resources
Update: District ACT Testing for Class of 2021 (12th grade students) will be offered on student's enrolled home high school campus during the school day on October 20, 2020.
This October 20, 2020 ACT (No Writing) paper administration is meant to replace the missed spring 2020 opportunity for Cohort 2021. GPS will still administer ACT (No Writing) to Cohort 2022 in April 2021 (computer-based).
Many universities around the country are going test-optional for admissions and merit scholarship consideration for Fall 2021 admission. ASU, NAU, and UArizona are among those who have made this decision. To check a school's updates on admissions, visits, and testing, check out the NACAC College Admissions Status Update 2.0.
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School Site Testing Codes
Each High School has an assigned school code that you will use when taking any college placement exam (ACT/PSAT/SAT).CVHS -- 030696
DRHS -- 030424
GCA -- 030132
GHS -- 030140
HHS -- 030141
MHS -- 030157
Using Your PSAT Results
The best way to study for the SAT is by using your PSAT results from October to focus specifically on the particular areas you need to improve. Your PSAT results can provide you a personalized study plan if you link them with Khan Academy – the official test prep site for College Board. In addition, you can read about and take the practice SAT tests on the CollegeBoard website.
Sign up for the ACT and/or SAT
How do I sign up?
Please Note: ALL 12th grade GPS students will have the opportunity to take one ACT test on October 20, 2020 at their high school without outside registration or fees. This October 20, 2020 ACT (No Writing) paper administration is meant to replace the missed spring 2020 opportunity for Cohort 2021.
GPS will still administer ACT (No Writing) to 11th grade students in Cohort 2022 in April 2021 (computer-based).
If you'd like to take an additional ACT test outside of the Junior Year GPS date register below directly with ACT.
What if I can’t afford the fee? Don’t worry, there are waivers available to those with financial need. See your Student Advisor for further information about your situation and what you qualify for.
Please Note: Do you qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch? If so, you may be able to claim your SAT Fee Waivers through your College Board account or learn about ACT Fee Waiver Program.
Do I need to take both tests? The answer to that is mostly dependent upon the university you plan to attend, but here is a good comparison of the two exams. It never hurts you to take both.
You should not just roll out of bed on the Saturday morning of the exam and "give it your best shot".
These tests require preparation.
For online resources, Khan Academy is the official study guide for the SAT, while OpenEd has a similar free platform to help you prepare for the ACT. Outside companies also offer test prep courses for a fee that will cover the content of the exams plus test-taking strategies. You can find information for these offerings in your counseling office and career center.
Send Your Test Scores
Remember, many colleges and scholarships will also want a copy of your Test Scores (SAT, AP, and ACT).
Should I Take the Test More Than Once?
Check with the college/university you are applying to. Do they accept only the first test? Do they accept the best score for any test? Do they average all of the tests?
These are good questions to ask the University's Admissions Department.
In-State: If you are going to an Arizona University – Arizona State University (ASU), Univeristy of Arizona (U of A), or Northern Arizona University (NAU) – they will accept the BEST test score. This means you could take it 3 times, and they will only look at the best test score.
Many merit-based Scholarships are based on a student's GPA, class rank, and test score. By increasing your test score by a few points can increase your merit-based scholarship by THOUSANDS of dollars.
Some students may find that they do better on one test over the other. A general rule could be to take both tests and then retake the one you do the best on- after studying, of course.
Don't Forget Your Picture
Students must now upload a picture of themselves and bring a printed admission ticket to their test center. Read the instructions carefully on the ACT and SAT websites so you are admitted to the test.