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College Testing

In high school, as you search for colleges and prepare for college admissions there are several tests you should become familiar with. The main tests used in college admissions are the SAT and the ACT, and if you are non-native English speaker past grade 11 the TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language) is required. To learn more about what is on each of the tests and to read answers to frequently asked question that can help you prepare, click the links on the left. If you are looking for a time-line of when you should be taking these tests, view our college action plans.

Do All Colleges Require Tests?

Most colleges require, at the very minimum, the SAT test, but no, not all colleges require a test score as part of the college admissions process. For example, most online schools do not require test scores to be admitted, but if you are planning to go to a traditional university or college scoring well on the SAT can be very important, so do not wait until the last minute to study! All four year colleges now accept the ACT, although each college weighs standardized test scores differently in comparison to GPA, class rank and extracurriculars.

If you want to apply to colleges that do not require college admissions tests, try searching for the degree your looking for. Online colleges can be the perfect solution for those who can not relocate to get their degree of choice, for those working full-time, students with children, or anyone trying to complete a degree on their own time.

How Do I Find Which Test A School Requires?

To see if the college of your choice requires the SAT or another college test by typing a school name into the search box on the top of this page, or use our college search engine to generate a list of schools in a certain state, of a certain size or offering a certain degree. For each school we lists the tests accepted, and the school's competitiveness ranking under the 'Admissions' tab. Start searching here.