What athletes need to know about the ACT and SAT

Any high school athlete looking to play college sports must take the ACT and/or SAT.

Receiving high test scores will increase a recruit’s chances of an athletic and/or academic scholarship.

Having good grades can significantly increase your chances of a college scholarship. College coaches are looking for players that are smart and won’t be an issue to qualify academically. Make sure you know how important the ACT and SAT are in the college recruiting process.


The SAT is designed to assess your academic readiness for college.

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Colleges require that you take the SAT Reasoning Test. You may also be interested in the

SAT Subject Test as they offer you additional opportunity to show college what you know and what you know you can do.

  • Many colleges use the SAT Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Some colleges specify the SAT Subject Tests that they require for admission or placement; other allow applicants to choose which tests to take.
  • The SAT test on reading (reading passages and sentence completions), writing (short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage) and math (questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability) that you learn in school and that are critical for success in college and beyond. It gives both you and colleges a sense of how you’ll be able to apply the thinking, writing and study skills required for college course work.
  • The SAT also provides the opportunity for you to connect to scholarship opportunities, place out of certain college courses and learn more about your academic strengths.
  • The SAT tests are offered several times a year. Most students take the SAT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year.
  • It is a good idea to practice before taking your SAT. The College Board website has free practice tests as well as study guides available to purchase. For more help visit:
  • IMPORTANT: On the day of the SAT you will have to have an admission ticket to write your SAT. Print this out from the College Board website when you register. Bring it to the testing center where you will be taking your SAT.
  • IMPORTANT: Your SAT scores have to be sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center. Use code 9999 when filling out your form so they get sent there.


The ACT test assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.

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  • The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science.
  • The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.
  • The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing).
  • The main four tests are scored individually on a scale of 1-36, and a composite score is provided which is the whole number average of the four scores.
  • The ACT is administered on six test dates within the United States each year, and you cannot take the ACT more than 12 times.
  • Basic registration to take the ACT cost $36.50
  • For practice visit the ACT Test Prep Center: Click Here
  • IMPORTANT: Your ACT scores have to be sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center. Use code 9999 when filling out your form so they get sent there.
  • IMPORTANT: After registering, print your admission ticket. You will need your admission ticket, and your Personal ID to be allowed to take the test.