• SAT and ACT

    Most schools require applicants to submit SAT or ACT test scores. Colleges accept both tests and don’t favor one over the other. If possible, the CCC recommends that you complete your testing during your junior year so that you can concentrate on college applications your senior year. Doing some test prep will improve your scores. See information below on both paid classes and free options.

    Many students take the SAT or the ACT more than once. Colleges will look at your best score and will even “superscore” the results, using the best subscore (math, reading, etc.) from each time you took the test. Most colleges superscore the SAT, and some also superscore the ACT.

    A small but increasing number of schools are test optional and do not require an applicant to submit test scores. To see a list of schools that de-emphasize test scores, visit FairTest.org.

    Compare the SAT and ACT here.


    The College Board has teamed up with Khan Academy to provide this free website to help students tune up for the new SAT. The site provides six practice tests that students can download and take and then get their scores using an iOS or Android app. Students can also set up a regimen of daily practice questions in the four tested subjects. The site also helps students register, understand the format of the test, and set up study groups. Find the link here
    2018-19 SAT Test Dates and Deadlines 
    SAT Test Dates 2018-19

    Fees: $64.50 with essay, and $47.50 without essay. Add $29 for late registration. Fee waivers are available (see your counselor). Grady School Code is  110170.

    The SAT is administered by College Board. The College Board also administers SAT Subject Tests, which are NOT required by all colleges, but ARE required by more competitive schools. Check each school’s admissions requirements. Many experts advise students to take SAT subject tests after they finish a related AP course, while information is current. For example, if you take 11th grade AP Chemistry, take the SAT subject test for Chemistry in early summer after junior year. Remember that even if you take the ACT, the school you're applying to might still require an SAT Subject Test. 


    2018-19 ACT Test Dates and Deadlines 
     ACT Test Dates 2018-19

    Register at www.actstudent.org

    Fees: $67 with writing, and $50.50 without writing. Add $30 for late registration. Fee waivers are available (see your counselor). Grady school code is 110170.




    Success Prep: offers SAT prep at Morehouse College and ACT prep at Decatur High School. These six-week courses cost $440. Success Prep also offers self-study online prep courses for the same price. For more information or to register for a class, visit www.successprep.com, or call 404-351-4955.


    Edison Prep: offers an SAT prep class and a weekend ACT boot camp, which is ideal for students with busy schedules who can't commit to a weekly course. The SAT course costs $579, and the compressed ACT boot camp costs $275. Private tutoring is also available. For more information, visit www.edisonprep.com.


    Applerouth: offers both SAT and ACT prep. Group classes ($579) and private tutoring (starting at $120/hour). For more information, visit www.applerouth.com.


    The Princeton Review: offers SAT and ACT Prep classes, which start at $699. Check their website at www.princetonreview.com.


    Kaplan: offers several options for both SAT and ACT prep, from online courses at $299, group classes at $749, and unlimited SAT and ACT prep for $1,199. For more information, visit www.kaptest.com


    All Pencils Down: offers online ACT prep classes from $95 to $225. Visit www.allpencilsdown.com


    Tomorrow’s Luminaries: works with underserved students. ACT and SAT test prep is available at various locations for $150. Visit www.tomorrowsluminaries.org

    Atlanta Tutors: for a Georgia Tech or Emory student to provide personal SAT or ACT tutoring, contact them at www.atlantatutors.net




    Grady offers an SAT prep class as part of the regular curriculum. This must be registered for, like any other class.


    Atlanta Virtual Academy offers free test prep online. Courses can be completed any time, any place, on any device. Visit their website (www.atlanta.learn.edgenuity.com) and login using your Network ID and Lunch Number. To view course descriptions, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us/ava.


    Kahn Academy is partnering with the College Board to create free SAT prep available on the Khan Academy website. ACT prep available as well. Visit www.kahnacademy.org/sat.


    The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library offers a number of free test prep resources on the eCampus page of their website, at www.afpls.org/ecampus.


    March 2 Success offers practice tests and study materials, including for the ASVAB, the military entrance exam. Developed by the Army in collaboration with Petersons. Visit www.march2success.com.

    College Board offers free SAT practice tests on their website, as well as a $34.99 online study course. www.sat.collegeboard.org/practice.

    ACT offers several low-cost study options. Cost is $24.99 to access the study materials for one year. Visit www.actstudent.org/onlineprep/.


    Peterson’s offers free SAT and ACT practice tests online, though there is a cost for their test prep materials. Visit www.petersons.com.


    Free Test Prep (www.freetestprep.com) offers free SAT and ACT sample tests.

    Mometrix offers free videos with SAT and ACT review. www.mometrix.com/academy.




    The Official SAT Question of the Day: download this free app onto your phone for a daily practice question.


    SAT UP and ACT UP: two more free apps to download onto your phone.


    APS Homework Hotline. Call 678-553-3029, Monday through Thursday from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., for help with specific questions.