Standardized Tests / Test-Optional Admissions / Preparation Opportunities

 2021-2022 Test Dates

ACT  (Registration is the responsibility of the family.)

Sept. 11 Aug. 6 Aug. 20
Oct. 23 Sept. 17 Oct. 1
Dec. 11 Nov. 5 Nov. 19
Feb. 12 Jan. 7 Jan. 21
April 2* Feb. 25 March 11
June 11* May 6 May 20
July 16 June 17 June 24

 *STA is a test site          ACT - $60., $80 with writing section    [Section Testing postponed]

            SAT & SAT Subject Tests (Registration is the responsibility of the family.)

Aug. 29 July 31 Aug. 18
Sept. 26 Aug 26 Sept 15
Oct. 3 Sept 4 Sept 22
Nov. 7 Oct 7 Oct 27
Dec. 5 Nov 5 Nov 24
March 13 Feb 12 March 2
May 8 April 8 April 27
June 5 May 6 May 26

SAT only - $49.50, $64.50 with essay (estimate)

Test-Optional Admissions 

COVID19 has caused many test administration cancellations and many colleges and universities have reassessed their admission criteria and process. More than two-thirds of all U.S. four-year institutions have moved to TEST-OPTIONAL admissions! For some institutions, it may be a one to five-year pilot and some have made a permanent move to test-optional. Pay close attention to ALL application instructions as there may be some majors that are not test-optional. Also, there some schools that are test-optional for admission only and not for merit scholarships or honors programs. The list of test-optional schools continues to increase and there are many other changes on how to report that you plan to apply test-optional, as well as possible extensions on score deadlines (if required).  For more info on test-optional and test-blind admissions, go to  Some institutions have also moved to TEST Blind meaning they will not consider test scores at all in admission. Without test scores, most institutions review admission files holistically. Admission offices will consider high school performance (grades and grade trends), the rigor of curriculum and course choice, and perhaps the involvement and engagement of the student through activities and service, essays, recommendations, and more. 

PRACTICE TESTS (no registration required)

PreACT – This test is offered during the school day in the second semester for all freshmen. It includes retired ACT questions but is a shorter version of the ACT. Freshmen will receive their score report and original test book through Freshman Seminar.

Practice ACT – Fall for all sophomores and juniors. This test is offered during the school day in late October or early November. Original test books are returned to students. This service is offered through Revolution Prep. Students will receive access to scores immediately following the test.

PSAT/NMSQT – This test is offered on the national test date in Oct. to all sophomores and juniors. It is a practice test for the SAT. In the junior year, students may qualify for the National Merit competition.


A PSAT information booklet/practice test is distributed to all sophomores and juniors through English classes approximately 3 weeks prior to the test.

Preparing for the ACT & SAT – FREE booklets available in College Counseling. Provided by ACT and The College Board.

Test Preparation Resources – Local & Online

Many organizations/companies have moved to virtual test prep during COVID19.

STA does not recommend or endorse any of the resources/individuals below; they are provided as a resource. They offer a variety of services at different locations with varying costs and schedules.

ACT FREE materials, tips & sample tests. ACT Academy launched in the spring of 2018 and is a free in-depth and personalized resource for students.

SAT, PSAT, SAT Subject Tests, free prep through Khan Academy - FREE

Revolution Prep -  STA is in partnership with Revolution Prep. They offer live online classes with only 8 students. These small group courses include 5 practice tests and weekly parent update emails. Financial assistance is provided to families who receive financial need-based assistance from STA. For information on Revolution Prep, contact Jeanette Brink at  Revo Prep also offers a Free Online Dashboard with recorded SAT & ACT video instruction. The on-demand videos are 5-12 minutes long, giving bite-sized knowledge whenever needed.

Personal Test Prep – Adam Groden 816.516.2119 Small classes and individual tutoring, located in Overland Park. Adam specializes in the ACT. He is now offering VIRTUAL tutoring!

Varsity Tutors - ACT/SAT online preparation FREE

Princeton tutoring and classes for the ACT, SAT, PSAT. 800.916.7737

Kaplan – ACT, SAT & PSAT preparation. Local classes, online programs, and tutoring. 800.527.8368. Check out their FREE Bootcamps!

UMKC, William Jewell College, Avila, JCCC, K-State, and Northwest MO State periodically offer ACT & SAT prep courses. Check their websites for information or call their Testing Services &/or Office of Admission.