Standardized Testing: ACT/SAT/ SAT Subject Tests

By the end of Class 11, we recommend that each of our students have taken the SAT I with essay or ACT with writing, plus two SAT Subject Tests in order to have the full slate of options when applying to college. Each college or university has their own set of requirements. Chapin's College Guidance team, along with the Upper School teachers, guide students about the appropriate time to take these tests.

The SAT I or up to three SAT Subject tests can be taken on a single test date. The American College Test (ACT) is always on a different weekend from the SAT I and Subject tests. We strongly recommend that students take tests when they feel ready and not before. We also recommend that the SAT or ACT not be taken more than three times. Create an account now at www.collegeboard.org and/or www.actstudent.org for resources and registration deadlines. Please note that it is important to register for these exams several months prior to the test date in order to secure a convenient testing location. Fee waivers are available for students on financial aid.

Chapin’s curriculum allows for those students who are performing strongly to take certain SAT Subject tests. The tests that are in line with our curriculum are the Chemistry, Mathematics II and World History exams in Class 10, and, in Class 11, students may elect to take the US History, Literature, Physics, Mathematics II, and/or a World Language exam. Please note the Latin exam is only offered in June and December.

The latest date for a senior to take a test for the early decision deadline is October. The latest date for a senior to take a test for the regular decision deadline is December.