Testing

ACT

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Fee Deadline
September 9, 2017 August 4, 2017 August 18, 2017
October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017 October 6, 2017
December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 17, 2017
February 10, 2018 January 12, 2018 January 19, 2018
April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018 March 23, 2018
June 9, 2018 Mary 4, 2018 May 1, 2018
July 14, 2018 June 15, 2018 June 22, 2018

Students register for the ACT at www.actstudent.org. When registering for the ACT, please keep in mind that it can take about 30 minutes. The first step in the registration process is creating a username and password. Make sure you write this information down for future reference. Wayzata's CEEB code is 242650. It is important that the student register for the test as there are questions that only he/she will be able to answer. It may also be helpful to have a transcript handy to answer the questions about classes taken and grades earned. If you have questions regarding registration you can contact ACT at 319-337-1270.

Sending Your Scores

You will need to have your test scores directly from ACT/SAT as these scores are not listed on your transcript. You can request ACT scores be sent by going to www.actstudent.org to request official scores be sent (there will be a fee). If you have questions regarding score reports please call ACT at 319-337-1313.

SAT

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Fee Deadline
August 26, 2017 July 28, 2017 August 15, 2017
October 7, 2017 September 8, 2017 September 27. 2017
November 4, 2017 October 5, 2017 October 25, 2017
December 2, 2017 November 2, 2017 November 21, 2017
March 10, 2018 February 9, 2018 February 28, 2018
May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018 April 25, 2018
June 2, 2018 May 3, 2018 May 23, 2018

Sending Your Scores

You can request SAT scores be sent by going to www.collegeboard.com to request official scores be sent (there will be a fee). If you have questions regarding score reports please call SAT 866-756-7346. The CollegeBoard offers a feature called "Score Choice." Score Choice gives you the option to choose which scores (by test date for the SAT and by individual test for SAT Subject Tests™) you send to colleges — in accordance with an institution's stated score-use practice.

PSAT

The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test) and the NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is available to students in grades 9-11. The National Merit competition is only open to high school juniors. Freshmen and sophomore students who take the exam will receive their scores but are not eligible for National Merit consideration.

The test is given in October and registration opens in August and is done through the Total Registration website.

The exam is given during the school day and students receive a "School Authorized" absence for the blocks missed for testing. Students miss block 1 and block 2 and part of block 3. More specific information on timing and test day will be sent to students once registration closes.

Students taking PSAT exams at Wayzata High School must register for the exam and will be able to do so online when registration opens. Financial assistance is only available to juniors. Please contact your counselor for more information.

How to make sense of the PSAT Score Report.

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Through 30+ college-level courses, each culminating in a rigorous exam, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit and/or advanced placement. Taking AP courses also demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought out the most rigorous curriculum available to them.

Wayzata High School offers 32 courses at the present time. The only requirements are a strong curiosity about the subject you plan to study and the willingness to work hard. AP Exams represent the culmination of AP courses and are thus an integral part of the program.

Advanced Placement at Wayzata High School

Test Preparation

Test Preparation

Wayzata Public Schools Community Education offers ACT/SAT prep courses through ZAPS.

The Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS) also has a comprehensive test preparation component. Once a student has created an account in MCIS they are able to take three ACT and three SAT practice tests online for free. Please contact the College and Career Center for login information at 763-745-6639 or Deb.Musser@wayzataschools.org.

Wayzata High School's College and Career Center maintains a library of ACT and SAT preparation books that students can check out and use for two weeks. These books will have practice tests and lessons on various items on the test.

ACT, SAT and General Test Preparation

Test Anxiety

Tips for Taking a Standardized Test

  1. Carefully read all instructions/directions.
  2. Carefully read each question.
  3. Pace yourself. Don't spend too much time on a single passage or question.
  4. Use a soft lead Number 2 pencil with a good eraser; do not use a mechanical pencil, ink pen or correction fluid.
  5. Answer the easy questions first, then go back and answer the more difficult ones.
  6. On difficult questions, eliminate as many incorrect answers as you can, then make an educated guess among those remaining.
  7. Answer every question. Your scores on the multiple-choice tests are based on the number of questions you answer correctly. There is no penalty for guessing.
  8. Review your work. If you finish a test before time is up, go back and check your work.
  9. Mark your answers neatly. If you erase, erase completely and cleanly without smudging.