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.

We recommend taking the ACT or SAT in the spring of your junior year. While the vast majority of juniors will take the ACT or SAT more than once, the fall of senior year is the last opportunity for students to test before submitting their college applications. October and November are also the last opportunities for students to take or retake the SAT II subject tests.

Recommended Tests and Test Dates for STA Students

Practice and prepare: For a list of test prep sites, visit Schoology

  • PSAT — Wednesday, October 19, 2016. 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.
  • Practice PSAT or ACT for Juniors — Saturday, September 17, 2016. Administered by Kaplan Test Prep at STA, providing experience with the PSAT or ACT test format and content.
  • Practice ACT — Monday January 16, 2017. Administered by Kaplan Test Prep at STA, providing experience with the ACT test format and content.
  • Practice PSAT or ACT for Sophomores and Juniors — Saturday, April 22, 2017

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:


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** Denotes test date at STA

SAT test dates


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