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Students who want to attend a 4 year college will need to take the ACT or SAT exam. Generally the ACT is often used by colleges in the Midwest and the SAT is used by colleges on either coast, but many colleges will now accept either exam.

ACT
The ACT is a timed test in English, Math, Reading and Science and an optional writing exam. Students receive individual subject scores and a Composite Score. The composite score can range from 1-36 and the average in MN is 20-22.

Students may take the ACT with or without a writing exam. The writing exam requires an additional fee, so students should check to see if the colleges they are applying to will require the writing exam. For Current cost of the ACT exams Click Here

*Students who receive free or reduced lunch can get a fee waiver from their counselor. Students can take the exam multiple times.

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SAT
The SAT is a timed test in Reading, Writing and Math. Scores range from 200-2400 with an average score of 1530.

Students may take the SAT with or without additional Subject Tests. The Subject Tests require additional fees and are not required by all colleges. Students should check with the colleges they are applying to and see if Subject Tests are required. For current cost of the SAT exams, Click Here

*Students who receive free or reduced lunch can get a fee waiver from their counselor. Students can take the exam multiple times.

Accuplacer
The Accuplacer is a placement exam used by community/technical colleges to determine which courses a student can register for at college. The exam tests Reading, Math and Writing.
The exam is free and is given in most high schools and at 2 year colleges. Students should check with the counseling office or the college to see when testing is offered.
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