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Testing Information


Any student planning to enroll in a 4-year college or university after high school needs to take either the ACT or SAT.  Colleges and universities accept both tests for admissions.  It is beneficial for students to test multiple times, as colleges and universities will take the highest scores earned.  Test scores are never averaged, so there is no penalty for testing multiple times.  Students who have been approved for the free/reduced lunch program are eligible for two free ACT tests; see Mrs. Jokerst for a fee waiver.  Students who have been approved for the free/reduced lunch program and have taken the SAT as part of the state assessment are eligible for an additional free SAT test; see Mrs. Jokerst for a fee waiver.

Historically, the ACT has been more common in the Midwest, but in 2016 the state of Illinois contracted with College Board to give all juniors the SAT for the state assessment.  Current juniors will take the SAT in April; the state of Illinois manages the registration and payment of this test. 

To register for the ACT or SAT, students will need to create an account at the websites listed below; test center options depend on the test date selected.  Red Bud High School code is 143610 for both tests.

        ACT   http://www.act.org

        SAT   http://www.sat.org  

Prep for the ACT, SAT & ASVAB

March 2 Success is a free website that provides students access to online study materials to help improve their scores on standardized tests, such as the ACT, SAT, and ASVAB.  Full-length practice tests are available for both the ACT and SAT.  Each section is timed and scored just like the real test.  Each section can be reviewed to see if you were correct/incorrect along with a detailed explanation of the problem.    Click on "register" in the top right corner to get started.

Webster University offers a one-day ACT Prep Workshop which includes a diagnostic and intensive review of each section of the test.  The workshop fee of $50 includes lunch and all written materials; attendees should bring a calculator, pencil, and notebook.  This one-day workshop is offered from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on November 18, 2017, January 20 and March 10, 2018.  Seating is limited; register online HERE to reserve your spot.

Southwestern Illinois College offers an ACT Prep Workshop which prepares students to read and comprehend the material on the ACT evaluation in the time allowed as successfully as possible.  Students will use simulated exams to learn about the different types of questions and the best strategies for successfully answering them.  This workshop includes computer-assisted drills for developing reading techniques and speed, and discussions on test-taking strategies and reasoning skills.  The fee for this class is $195 and meets Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. February 24--March 10, 2018.  Visit the Community Education webpage HERE to learn more and enroll.



The Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is administered to all juniors in October.  The school district manages the registration and payment of this test.


The PSAT 10 is administered to all sophomores in the spring.  The school district manages the registration and payment of this test.

PSAT 8/9

The PSAT 8/9 is administered to all freshmen in the fall.  It is also administered to current 8th graders who attend RBHS feeder schools, both public and private, for consideration of course placement in high school.  The school district manages the registration and payment of this test.


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