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Attention Sophomores and Juniors: take a practice standardized test! The fall test date for the PSAT at HMBHS is October 10, 2018.

Did you know students who want to apply to 4 year colleges should take a standardized test called the ACT or SAT?

If you want to take a practice standardized test, sophomores and juniors can sign up for the HMBHS PSAT on Wed Oct 10, 2018. Registration opens Mon Sept 17 at 8:00AM and closes on Wed Sept 26. Spots are first come, first served!!

Register and make payment online with this link from 9/17 - 9/26:



ACT or SAT-Reasoning


ACT plus Writing OR


SAT-Reasoning AND (RECOMMENDED but not required) 2 SAT Subject Tests in 2 different subject areas: (especially for engineering majors). Visit the UC SAT Subject Tests website for recommendations for Fall 2018 UC applicants.


SAT Reasoning/Subject Tests

Registration Priority Deadline

Aug. 26, 2017

July 28, 2017

Oct. 7, 2017

Sept. 8, 2017

Nov. 4, 2017

Oct. 5, 2017

Dec. 2, 2017

Nov. 2, 2017

Mar. 10, 2018

Feb. 9, 2018

May 5, 2018

Apr. 6, 2018

June 2, 2016

May 3, 2016

For SATs register online at


ACT Dates

Registration Priority Deadline

Sept. 9, 2017

Aug. 4, 2017

Oct. 28, 2017

Sept. 22, 2017

Dec. 9, 2017

Nov. 3, 2017

Feb. 10, 2018

Jan. 12, 2018

Apr. 14, 2018

Mar. 9, 2018

June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018

July 14, 2018

June 15, 2018

For ACTs register online at


  • All SAT/ACT: tests must be completed by December for UC, CSU, & most other college admissions.
  • PSAT: for sophomores & juniors is October 11, 2017; 8am -12pm in MU & Library; registration is Sept. 25 - Oct. 3rd
  • SAT II tests no longer required, but are recommended for college admissions.

SPECIAL EVENTS (2015-2016): see

  • Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs at South San Francisco Conference Center, Grand Ballroom, 255 South Airport Blvd. South San Francisco, CA 94080: usually scheduled in the Fall, check back later for date.
  • San Francisco National College Fair at the Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City, CA 94014: Saturday, April 30, 2016, 1:30-4:30

Critical Issues

  • Still focus on academics! Grades do count in the senior year.

  • Pay attention to the deadlines for all applications (admissions, housing, financial aid, scholarships etc...)

  • If you have not sent your SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject test and/or ACT scores to the colleges you're applying to - send them now!

The SAT link for sending scores is:

The ACT link for sending scores is:

Please follow the instructions given regarding Transcript Requests. Please follow the protocol for requesting Letters of Recommendation from Teachers & Counselors.

PLEASE STAY INFORMED! Listen to the announcements, check School Loop frequently, visit the HMBHS website, and the websites of colleges, universities, and programs of interest! This will serve you well!


The SAT is changing! For more information, please visit the college board website or download At-A-Glance HERE.


Students typically begin taking the SAT and/or ACT in the spring of Junior year

Test preparation available on the above sites, at, privately, and through CSM at


What's the difference? Click here!


  • Aptitude exam - measures a student's projected aptitude or ability for learning in higher education
  • Questions go from easy to difficult in most sections
  • Non multiple-choice questions included
  • Math accounts for 50% of score
  • Math covers Algebra I & II and Geometry
  • Writing Section is required
  • Vocabulary emphasized
  • No English grammar
  • No Science section
  • Score Choice allows you to choose scores reported to colleges


  • Achievement exam - measures a student's knowledge and understanding of various high school subjects
  • Easy and difficult questions mixed within sections
  • Entirely multiple choice
  • No penalty for guessing (leave nothing blank!)
  • Math accounts for 25% of score
  • Math covers Algebra I & II, Geometry and Trigonometry
  • Writing Section is optional
  • Vocabulary less important