ACT Testing

Visit the ACT Student site to register.

Test Date Registration Deadline
September 9, 2017 August 4, 2017
October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017
December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017
February 10, 2018 January 12, 2018
April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018
June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018
July 14, 2018 June 15, 2018


ACT - the STMA school code is: 242-209. Four year colleges in the central United States require the ACT scores as part of the criteria for acceptance and may require a minimum of 18 out of a 36. There is a fee and a deadline for registering. We recommend that students sign up for the ACT Plus Writing. STMA is a site location for one test date in June. All other test dates are held at various other locations, as specified online.

Make sure to indicate on your ACT online registration where you would like your test scores sent (you can send your scores to four different colleges for no additional cost when registering). After you take the test, there is a $13.00 fee each time you send your official test scores to a college.

SAT Testing

Visit the College Board site to register.

Test Date Registration Deadline
October 7, 2017 September 8, 2017
November 4, 2017 October 5, 2017
December 2, 2017 November 2, 2017
March 10, 2018 February 9, 2018
May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018
June 2, 2018 May 3, 2018

SAT - The SAT is required for acceptance in some colleges on the east and west coast. SAT test registration and college preparation information available on the website.

Information on the ACT and SAT College Entrance Exams

Note: You do not have to take both exams. Most STMA students take the ACT exam as that is what Midwestern schools prefer versus the SAT. It is always a good idea to check with each college you are considering to determine if they prefer the ACT or SAT.




When is it administered?

Seven times per year

Six times per year

What is the test structure?

Ten-section exam: Three Critical Reading, three Math, three Writing, and one Experimental. The Experimental section is masked to look like a regular section.

Four-section exam: English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning. An Experimental section is added to tests on certain dates only, and is clearly experimental.

What is the test content?

Math: up to 9th grade basic geometry and Algebra II. Science: none.
Reading: sentence completions, short and long critical reading passages, reading comprehension.
Writing: an essay, and questions testing grammar, usage, and word choice.

Math: up to trigonometry. Science: charts, experiments. Reading: four passages, one each of Prose Fiction, Social Science, Humanities, and Natural Science.
English: stresses grammar.

Is there a penalty for wrong answers?



How is the test scored?

200-800 per section, added together for a combined score. A 2400 is the highest possible combined score.

1-36 for each subject, averaged for a composite score. A 36 is the highest possible composite score.

Are all scores sent to schools?

Yes. If a student requests a score report be sent to specific colleges, the report will include the scores the student received on every SAT taken.

No. There is a "Score Choice" option. Students can choose which schools will receive their scores AND which scores the schools will see.

Are there other uses for the exams?

Scholarship purposes.

Scholarship purposes. Certain statewide testing programs.

Best time to register?

At least six weeks before the test date

At least four weeks before the test date

Need more information?

Educational Testing Service (ETS)
(609) 771-7600
The College Board

ACT, Inc.:
(319) 337-1000


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