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La Serna High School

College Entrance Exams (ACT & SAT)

La Serna High School is not a testing center this year for the SAT. If your admissions ticket read "La Serna High School," please make sure to contact CollegeBoard: Changing Your Registration Information
  • Students interested in attending a four year university or college are NOT required to take the SAT or ACT.   
  • UC/CSU & most private/out-of-state schools are either test optional or test blind; make sure to check each individual college/university.
  • Practice for the NEW SAT on Khan Academy
SAT registration is available at
ACT registration is available at

The SAT consists of three sections: Critical Reading, Math, and an optional Writing Section
Test Fees
SAT without Essay: $47.50
SAT with Essay: $64.50
NOTE: Many colleges require the essay section of the SAT, so be sure to sign up for the SAT with ESSAY test.


Test Fee per test: $26.00 Basic Subject Test fee

       $26.00 Language with Listening Tests

       $22 All other subject tests

Registering for the test
NOTE: Subject tests are not required for UC or CSU schools, but they are highly recommendedfor competitive majors (Engineering.) Private or out-of-state schools may require them for admissions.  Please see the college website for more information.  You can also see a  list of colleges that require SAT Subject Tests. Additional information regarding subject tests registration can be found at

College Board is providing weekend SAT or SAT Subject Test administrations on March 13, May 8, and June 5. Please note that as the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic continues to evolve, we will continue to monitor the situation and will let you know if circumstances change closer to the test dates.

Local schools and test centers make individual decisions about whether to administer the SAT. All weekend test centers must adhere to local public health guidelines and follow College Board requirements:

  • All students and staff are required to wear a mask or protective face covering during an SAT administration. Students won't be allowed in the test center without a mask, which is required for the duration of testing.
  • Students must be seated at least 6 feet apart during testing.
  • Students must confirm a series of statements (more below) prior to entering the test center or testing room.
  • Students who violate the requirements put in place by their test center or College Board should be dismissed from the test center; if this happens their scores will be canceled and they won't receive a refund.

The CDC recommends taking additional precautions such as:

  • Requiring and/or providing gloves, hand sanitizer, or other personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Posting signs in highly visible locations (e.g., school entrances, restrooms, etc.) that promote protective measures.
  • Encouraging students and staff to practice regular handwashing and stay home if they're sick.

If students don't feel well on test day, please stay home. You'll be able to transfer your registration to another test date at no charge through March 2, 2021. If you'd rather cancel your registration, you'll be issued a full refund. Contact Customer Service between test day and the next business day (Monday, 5 p.m. ET) to make this request.


*Students wishing to qualify for the Whittier Union HS District Seal of Biliteracy Award may also qualify by achieving a score of 600 or higher on a language subject SAT exam. For more information see Mrs. Hess-Torres in Horizons or call ext. 6107.*
The ACT covers four areas: English, math, reading, and science
Test Fee per test: ACT (no writing): $50.50
                                ACT plus writing:  $67.00

NOTE: Many colleges require the writing section of the ACT, so be sure to sign up for the ACT with WRITING test.

ACT Test Prep from ACT

Preparing for the test


Students who qualify for free and reduced lunch program may receive a SAT and ACT fee waiver. PRIORITY is given to seniors for the fall semester. Qualifying students may request a fee waiver through this Fee Waiver Link, or visit
  • For UC schools, you can send your ACT/SAT scores to one UC school and the scores will be sent to all the schools you applied to.
  • For CSU schools, you can use the code 3594  on CollegeBoard to send your SAT scores to all CSU schools that you applied to.  This code does not work for ACT scores.  You can send your ACT scores to one CSU you applied to and all CSUs you applied to will receive them. 
  • For UC and CSU schools, please send all your test scores before December.
La Serna High School is not a testing center this year for the SAT. If your admissions ticket read "La Serna High School," please make sure to contact CollegeBoard: Changing Your Registration Information