Testing Information & Resources

The ACT is a one of the college entrance exams required many colleges & universities (the other being the SAT, colleges & universities will accept either). For more information about the ACT, visit their website at www.act.org. 
All students take the ACT at UHS in the spring of their junior year for FREE.

Students do not need to register for the ACT at UHS but will be required to attend a pre-ACT meeting on a given date. The ACT given at UHS does not include the writing portion. If you are planning to apply to a school that requires the writing portion, you will have to register to take it again at a later date.
Students will receive their scores in the mail at the address they provided on their answer sheet. Students must have an account to be able to send their scores to colleges or sign up to take the ACT again! Create your account as soon as you receive your score sheet because you need your score sheet to do so (and then you have access to your scores and your account if you lose your score sheet)!

Follow these steps to create your account:
1. Go to ACT Student Website
2. In the upper right hand corner click on “Sign In”
3. Click on “Create Account”
4. For “Have you registered for the ACT before” click “Yes"
5. For “Have you taken the ACT before” click “Yes”
6. Fill in personal info, when prompted provide your ACT ID from the score sheet you received in the mail
If you decide to take the ACT again, or need to take it with writing, you can sign up on the ACT's website for one of the national test dates & locations here.
Fee Waivers
Students are eligible for ACT fee waiver if they meet one of the following criteria. Please visit the CCCC for a fee waiver.
  • Enrolled in a federal free or reduced-price lunch program at school
  • Enrolled in a program for the economically disadvantaged (for example, a federally funded program such as GEAR UP or Upward Bound) - note: if you are participating in one of these programs, but you are not economically disadvantaged, you are not eligible for a fee waiver
  • Reside in a foster home, are a ward of the state, or are homeless
  • Family receives low-income public assistance or live sin federally subsidized public housing
  • Family's total annual income is at or below the USDA levels for free or reduced-priced lunches
ACT Preparation Resources

ACT Academy: free, online, personalized ACT prep created by the ACT themselves!
Question a Day by Kaplan: answer one ACT question each day for free and receive detailed answer feedback
Preparing for the ACT Student Guide: includes full length practice tests & strategies for testing
We also have test prep books that can be checked out in the CCCC!
2019 AP Test Dates: Exam Schedule

AP Exam Information:
Exam Registration Details
Fee Reduction Request Form
Late Testing Request Form

Practice AP Exams:
Practice AP Exams

AP College Credits:
Find colleges and universities that offer credit or placement for AP scores. 
Arizona's Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching
In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide achievement test, AzMERIT, for Arizona students. In order to help communicate the purpose of the new test and several important aspects of the upcoming implementation process, the Arizona Department of Education has created a series of helpful resources to guide all stakeholders.

Support Materials
Find support materials such as the ELA Writing Guides and Rubrics, ELA and Math Blueprints, Performance Level Descriptors, and Calculator Guidance. Arizona's Assessment Support Materials

Sample Tests and User Guide
The AzMERIT Sample Tests are now available and fully operational (Login as a Guest User). We encourage teachers and students to view the computer-based and paper-based item types in Guide to the Sample Test.
Guide to the Sample Test 
Introduction to AzMERIT Sample Tests and User Guide 
AzMERIT Resource Portal

For more information such as Testing Dates and How to Receive Scores.
The PSAT, or the Preliminary SAT, is a test co-sponsored by the College Board (the company that writes the SAT) & the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Not only do scores from the PSAT help students to prepare for the SAT, but it is a National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). When students take the test during their junior year, it determines their eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program, the National Hispanic Recognition Program, as well as many other significant scholarships. To learn more about the PSAT/NMSQT, visit their website.
To earn more about the scholarship programs,visit their websites:
National Merit
Hispanic Scholars

At UHS all 9th, 10th, & 11th grade students take the PSAT/NMSQT
The best way to do well on the PSAT/NMSQT is to practice! By taking it multiple times over their high school career, UHS students become familiar with the types of questions on the PSAT as well as the timing structure. Students also receive score reports that they can use to understand the areas that they need to improve upon before they take the qualifying test their junior year. Students tend to score higher when they take the test multiple times!

What does the PSAT/NMSQT cost?
For 10th & 11th grade students the test is FREE.
9th grade students MUST pay $17 in the UHS Finance Office
Fee Waiver forms available in the Counseling, Career & College Center.

Instructions for Accessing PSAT Scores
Students can access their PSAT scores through their College Board account or create one if you don't have one (this account will be used to access all PSAT, AP, and SAT test scores).

PSAT Preparation Resources
Khan Academy: free online, personalized, SAT prep & by preparing for the SAT, you're preparing for the PSAT!
PSAT Sample Questions: free practice for the different parts of the test
Inside the Test Analysis: analyze each section of the test and answer practice questions
The SAT is a one of the college entrance exams required many colleges & universities (the other being the ACT, colleges & universities will accept either). For more information about the SAT, visit their website.
Students can sign up for the SAT at one of the national test dates & locations here. Students use their College Board account information to log in (the same information they use for viewing their AP test scores).
Some colleges require that the student take SAT with essay. You can see which colleges require the essay portion here or on a college's admission information page. If a college you are applying to a school that requires it, make sure to sign up to take it!
Fee Waivers
Students are eligible for fee waivers to take the SAT if they meet one of the following criteria. If eligible, please visit the CCCC to get a fee waiver
  • Annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service
  • Enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., Federal TRIO programs such as Upward Bound)
  • Family receives public assistance
  • Live in federally subsidized public housing or a foster home, or are homeless
  • You are a ward of the state or an orphan
SAT Preparation Resources
Khan Academy: free, online, personalized SAT prep created by a partnership between the SAT & Khan Academy!
Question a day by Kaplan: answer one SAT question each day for free and receive detailed answer feedback
SAT Practice Tests: full-length online & paper practice tests from the SAT
We also have test prep books that can be checked out in the CCCC!
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