Important Testing Updates & Resources

  • State and national testing dates have been canceled or changed due to the rapidly evolving situation around the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

    AzM2 English Language Arts and Mathematics, as well as AIMS Science requirements, have been suspended for the year.

    Due to the extended school closures, Highland High School-based test administration for its Pre-AP students has been canceled. 

    Updated April 1, 2020: Important Testing Updates & Changes FAQ (pdf)

    From College Board – As schools and communities navigate the unprecedented challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the health and safety of educators and students are the AP Program’s top priorities. Here is how the College Board is supporting schools.

    Information for AP Students Affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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  • AP Testing: What Students Should Know and Do

    • AP Exams have been revised to about 45 minutes each and will be taken online, at home.
    • AP Exams are scheduled for May 11-22, with make-up testing on June 1-5
    • This year’s exams focus on content most teachers covered prior to March. So this year’s exams have been designed to honor and
      reward the good work students already did prior to widespread school closures.
    • Colleges across the country are voicing strong support for students to complete the AP experience, take the exam, and receive the
      college credit they deserve. Colleges are especially supportive given the uncertain financial future many families face, and the value of students entering college with credit.
    • Depending on a school’s exam-taking policy, a student can opt-out of the exam if they prefer not to test this year; there will not be a $40 cancellation fee.
    • Students who need help with access to a device or internet please visit

    Preparing for AP Exam

    • On AP Central, students can see course-specific exam information, including exam dates and times, descriptions of what they’ll be
      asked to do on their exam, and more; exam features; exam scoring; and exam security.
    • On YouTube, students can access daily, online AP classes and review at
    • Students can log into their MyAP account to get practice tests, activities & resources for the various AP classes they are taking.

    Spring 2020 AP Exam Dates

    Spring 2020 AP Exams Information (pdf)


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  • ACT Information

    ACT: State Testing Information

    Administered on Each High School Campus

    Original Test Date: March 24

    Reschedule Test Date: Canceled

    The Arizona Department of Education is working with vendors to extend the state testing window.  The ADE is also currently engaging with the federal government in the event it is decided that state testing needs to be suspended for the 2019-2020 school year.  Additional guidance will be provided in the coming days and weeks as more information is made available.

    ACT: National Testing Information

    Various Sites around East Valley and State of Arizona

    Original Test Date: April 4

    Rescheduled Test Date: June 13 or July 18

    As a safety precaution, ACT has rescheduled its April testing date to June 13.  All students who had registered for the April 4 administration date will receive email communication directly from ACT informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to the June 13 or July 18 national testing dates.

    For more specific information regarding national ACT test administration, students and families may visit for the most up to date communications.  

    The ACT Test: Student and Parent Resources


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  • SAT: National Testing Information

    Various Sites around East Valley and the State of Arizona

    Original Makeup Date: March 28

    Rescheduled Make-Up Date: Canceled

    Original Test Date: May 2

    Rescheduled Test Date: Canceled

    Original Test Date: June 6 Currently still scheduled to occur

    March and May national testing dates have been canceled due to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Students who have already registered for the May 2 administration date or were scheduled for the March 28 make update will receive refunds.  Additional information will be shared with students directly from the College Board.

    For more specific information regarding national SAT test administration, students and families may visit for the most up to date communications. 

    SAT: Updates, Resources and Support

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  • Testing Information THRIVE Gilbert Public Schools

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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

Sign up for the ACT and/or SAT

  • How do I sign up?

    Please Note: ALL 11th grade GPS students will have the opportunity to take one ACT test on March 24, 2020 at their high school without outside registration or fees. 

    If you'd like to take an additional ACT test outside of the Junior Year GPS date register below directly with ACT.

    Additional ACT Registration


    SAT Registration  


    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.  

Testing FAQs

  • Send Your Test Scores

    Remember, many colleges and scholarships will also want a copy of your Test Scores (SAT, AP, and ACT).

    Visit the College Board (SAT scores and AP scores) and/or ACT (ACT scores) websites to request your test scores be sent directly to the University/Scholarship Committee.

    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.

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Last Modified on May 18, 2020