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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  

How do ACT scores compare with SAT scores?  Click here:  2018 ACT-SAT Concordance Table.pdf


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 17, 2018, January 19 and March 30, 2019.  Seating is limited; register online HERE  to reserve your spot.

Southwestern Illinois College offers a College Test Prep Workshop which prepares students to read and comprehend the material on the SAT evaluation as successfully as possible in the time allowed.  In addition to supplying an overview of the structure for each component of the SAT, the course will provide students with a review, test-taking tips, and strategies.  The fee for this class is $170 and meets Saturday mornings.  To register, go click here and click on "Browse and Register" under Community Education Online Registration.



The ASVAB CEP is not just for students interested in the military; it helps all students identify their career strengths and provides comprehensive information for over 1,000 occupations.   The ASVAB CEP is administered to all seniors in September.  The school district manages the registration of this free test.


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 spring.  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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