Welcome to College Counseling

The mission of our department is to facilitate the college search and application process for our students. The process begins in ninth and tenth grade, which will intensify in 11th, and 12th grades. It is our goal to provide each student and his parents with the information, advice, and support needed to make good choices about where to apply and enroll for college.

College Admission Testing

STA school code—242320—used for test registration
Colleges that require testing accept either the ACT or SAT as part of the application process. While the exam is merely one factor in most college admission review processes, it is always best to feel prepared and confident going into the exam.

STA College Counseling recommends that STA students sit for their first ACT and SAT in December, January or February of their junior year. These test results can be used as diagnostics and will help students focus their preparation for a second test in the spring of the junior year.

Although STA registers students for the PSAT, it is the student's responsibility to register for all other standardized testing.

Registration deadlines are typically six weeks prior to the test date, so students should plan ahead. Students who have documentation and are eligible for extended time for tests should contact the Learning Specialists for information about applying for extended time for the ACT and SAT Reasoning or Subject Tests.

Key differences between the ACT and the SAT
The SAT and the ACT both test you on the same basic material in a very similar manner, but the ACT gives you less time per problem to go through the same set of steps.

ACT Time Per Problem

English: 75 problems in 45 minutes.
36 seconds per English problem
Math: 60 problems in 60 minutes.
60 seconds per math problem.
Reading: 40 problems in 35 minutes.
52.5 seconds per reading problem.

SAT Time Per Problem

Writing+Language: 44 problems in 35 minutes.
48 seconds per Writing+Language problem.
Reading: 52 problems in 65 minutes.
75 seconds per reading problem
Math: 58 problems in 80 minutes.
83 seconds per math problem.

Time management is important on the SAT – it is EVERYTHING on the ACT.

For more information, and to register for standardized tests, go to the following websites:

SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Tests

PSAT — Thursday, October 11, 2018. PSAT scores are not sent to colleges. Score reports contain customized information to prepare for future tests. Junior-year PSAT scores may qualify a student for the National Merit Scholarship competition. The school registers all juniors for this test.

Optional SAT Subject Tests
Subject Tests are one-hour multiple-choice tests that allow students to demonstrate knowledge in a specific subject, typically one that they have just completed. Students elect to take Subject Tests to demonstrate their strengths at the high school level when applying to any college. Results of 2 Subject Tests results may be required along with SAT by some highly selective colleges, although these colleges often accept the ACT + writing in lieu of SAT + Subject Tests. Students register for Subject Tests by creating an online student account at http://sat.collegeboard.org for registration and retrieving score reports.

Test Dates for the ACT and SAT

ACT test dates:


Test Date



Late Fee Required




 Aug 5-18




 Sept 23-Oct 6




 Nov 4-17




 Jan 13-19




 Mar 10-23




May 5-18




June 16-22

* ACT Test offered at STA

SAT test dates


Test Date



Late Fee Required




 Aug 15




 Sept 27




 Oct 25




 Nov 21




 Feb 28




 Apr 25




 May 23

SAT Subject test dates https://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-subject-test-dates