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The ACT & SAT Exam that is Required to get into Colleges are coming up quick, are You and Your High School Daughter or Son Prepared?

Sep 02, 2015 01:56PM ● Published by Paul Spear

How should you and your teenager prepare for college application season, pay for       college, and enroll in a Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA)? Find out answers to these questions and more, by joining Francisco Olivas and Team John Harvard Academy for some  valuable tips and information on how to prepare for college. 

                  ACT and SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) Preparation

With the academic school year coming to a start, many high school students are preparing for the ACT/SAT & college application season. Summer is officially over and it’s time to put in work. Here is what high school seniors & parents need to know. If an ACT/SAT exam has not already been taken, no need to go into alarm, there is still time. There is an ACT on September 12th & October 24th, and an SAT on October 3rd & November 7th. Be sure to register in time to avoid late fees. You can visit or for official test sites and times. Ask high school counselors to see if students are eligible for an ACT or SAT registration voucher. Feel free to reach out to colleges or universities that students are interested in to understand their admittance policy. One might also want to confirm university application deadlines, this is important in order to provide universities with the proper ACT or SAT test scores in time for application review.  


The University of California (UC) application requires freshman applicants to take the ACT with Writing or SAT Reasoning Test. The UC application submission period for fall 2016 is open November 1-November 30 2015. Please click here for more information on the UC application

The California State University (CSU) Application does not require an ACT or SAT test score unless students have a grade point average below 3.0 and are not residents of California. However, most impacted CSU applications require that a student submit an ACT or SAT score for impacted campuses or impacted first-time freshman applicants. An undergraduate major or campus is designated as impacted when the number of applications received from fully qualified applicants during the initial filing period exceeds the number of available spaces. Students interested in an impacted major or campus impaction must apply for admission during the initial filing period of October 1, 2015 through November 30, 2015 for admission in fall 2016.  Impaction or higher standard CSU include: Chico, Fresno, Fullerton, Humboldt, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, San Marcos, and Sonoma. For more information on the CSU application, please see

It is important to contact the university or college that students are interested in to understand which ACT/SAT test score is required for the applicant. It doesn’t hurt to take both test, and once scholarship application season begins, it’ll pay great dividends to have taken both exams.

For more information about the ACT/SAT test and the college and university application process, please join John Harvard Academy for a free college preparation workshop on Wednesday, September 9th, 7-8p at The Boys and Girls Clubs of South County (847 Encina Dr.)

Feel free to contact Francisco Olivas for more information @

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