Students who plan to go directly to a 4-year college after high school need to take the ACT or the SAT beginning in the spring of your junior year.  It is recommended that students take the tests more than once to achieve the best possible score.  Many colleges accept either ACT or SAT scores, with most of our students going to schools that request an ACT score.  Highly selective colleges or colleges on the east or west coast tend to prefer the SAT.  Students should have their scores sent directly to the college.  This is done when you register for the test.  Many colleges will no longer accept scores from the student transcript.

Students planning on attending a junior college or trade school right after high school are not required to take the ACT or SAT; those schools typically have their own entrance/placement exams.

Fee Waivers for ACT and SAT are available to students for whom test fees represents an obstacle on the road to college.  See your counselor to see if you qualify.



Freshmen, sophomores and juniors have the opportunity to practice college-entrance type tests during school in October.

  • Freshmen will take the PSAT 8/9 or they can register to take the PSAT**  
    • To understand more about your students PSAT 8/9 scores, click here.
  • Sophomores will take an ACT practice test (which is scored in district,) unless they register to take the PSAT**.
  • Juniors will take an ACT practice test (which is scored in district,) unless they register to take the PSAT** or they sign up to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) with Donna Peters in the Guidance Office by Sept 27.
  • This year, Seniors will also have the opportunity to request an ACT practice test (which is scored in district) for Testing Day- this request should be communicated to Donna Peters in the Guidance Office by Sept 27.  They can also sign up to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) in the Guidance Office by Sept 27.


**The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a good way to practice for the SAT. The PSAT is the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s scholarship program when taken as a junior.  The PSAT measures skills in critical reading, mathematics, and writing. Students who want to compete for National Merit Recognition should consider taking the PSAT as freshmen and sophomores to practice. For more information about the PSAT go to www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html

Registration and payment is required to take the PSAT.  Please visit www.TotalRegistration.net/PSAT/172222 to register.  The cost $19 is per test.  Payment is due at time of registration. 



There are many options for ACT and SAT test preparation.  The best preparation is to take and do well in a rigorous college-prep curriculum in high school.  The Olathe school district offers test prep through Prepworks.  Learn more about this competency-based, performance-driven, and intelligently automated program that delivers targeted personalized instruction based on student need.  Prepworks

Some helpful test prep web sites:






Students usually take AP exams after completing an AP course in high school.  A good score on an AP exam may qualify you for college credit and/or “advanced placement” in that subject in college.  Check with colleges you are interested in attending for their AP policies.

AP exams are offered in the spring.  Each test is offered only once.  AP teachers and counselors provide specific information about registration and payment as well as test dates and locations.  Students who need financial assistance to pay for exams should contact the AP coordinator, Amy Brown.  Registration typically begins in January or February prior to the exams.

Learn more about AP and AP exams at: http://student.collegeboard.org/?affiliateid=rdr&bannerId=student