Testing Information


Michelle Lopez 

Bank Clerk

SAT/ACT Coordinator




At Santa Teresa High School, it is expected that all students taking an AP course also take the exam since taking the exam can boost your chances of gaining college admission.  Students who score a 3 or higher on the exam earn college credit for that course.

To find out more information please visit AP Central's website.


Email lopezm@esuhsd.org your


The ELPAC is the required state test for English language proficiency (ELP) that must be given to students whose primary language is a language other than English. State and federal law require that local educational agencies administer a state test of ELP to eligible students in kindergarten through grade twelve. The California Department of Education (CDE) transitioned from the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) to the ELPAC as the state ELP assessment in 2018. The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards. It consists of two separate ELP assessments: one for the initial identification of students as English learners (ELs), and a second for the annual summative assessment to measure a student’s progress in learning English and to identify the student's level of ELP.


The SAT and ACT are two standardized exams that colleges use in combination with the student's transcript and application to determine a student's eligibility.  Most colleges and universities accept both the SAT and the ACT.  To determine if you should take the SAT, ACT, or both, you should check with the college or university you are applying to.

SAT Information

"The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are a suite of tools designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century." From the SAT.com website.  

The SAT exam will be for Juniors only. It will be at no cost and administered on March 14, 2024 at ST. The test is roughly 4 hours long. 

Juniors must sign up in order to take the test. Only students who sign up will be ordered a test. The deadline to sign up is January 31, 2024. COMPLETE THIS FORM ASAP. Here is the Link.

Contact Ms. Nguyen with questions nguyenmy@esuhsd.org

Please visit SAT College Board to find out more about when the exams are given, sample questions, and for getting your exam results.

ACT Information

"The ACT test is a college entrance exam covering English, reading, math, and science. It measures what students have learned in high school, so taking the right courses is important." From the ACTSTUDENT.org website.  

Please visit ACT's website to find out more about when the exams are given, sample questions, and for getting your exam results.


"The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:

(Taken from the PSAT website)

To get more information and to see some practice questions, please visit the PSAT website.

PSAT is not offered at Santa Teresa but check the alternate option:

The alternate entry request should include your name and home address, the contact information of the person making the request, the name and address of your high school, and a brief explanation of why you were unable to take the PSAT/NMSQT. Do not delay; the earlier you write, the more options you will have for scheduling test dates.

Mail your request to:

National Merit Scholarship Corporation
Attention: Scholarship Administration
1560 Sherman Avenue, Suite 200
Evanston, IL 60201-4897

Your letter must be postmarked on or before April 1, 2024, for your request to be considered.

Juniors who are interested will need to follow the alternate option and will receive a packet with information that needs to be submitted. Juniors will need to take the SAT Exam anytime between Nov 2023 - June 2024 and submit scores for the alternate entry.  Juniors will have the opportunity to take the SAT Exam at Santa Teresa High School (free of charge) on March 14, 2024.