SAT/ACT Test Prep


The SAT and ACT are college admission exams that test what you learn in high school and what you need succeed in college.Please check the college admissions requirements of the schools you are interested in to see their specific requirements for SAT, ACT, the Essay section, and SAT Subject Tests. There are also some schools for which SAT/ACT testing is optional or flexible.

  • SAT or ACT Required: Approximately 1,300 colleges and universities across the United States, including the majority of well-known and highly-selective colleges, require either the SAT or ACT.
  • Test Optional: Approximately 1,000 college and universities are “test optional,” meaning they do not require the SAT or ACT, but they will consider it as part of your application if you submit it.  Most of these schools have “gone test optional” to encourage underrepresented student populations to apply.  Approximately 70% of admits still submit SAT or ACT scores.  Some of these schools may have other requirements if you choose not to submit an SAT or ACT.  A complete list of these schools can be found at:


Qualify for a fee waiver? If you think you qualify for testing and college application fee waivers, please bring the first two pages of your parents' taxes from the previous year to your guidance counselor. Go to for more information on SAT fee waivers. Using the number of members in household and total annual income, you can check the USDA Food and Nutrition Service Income Eligibility Guidelines included in the SAT Fee Waiver Brochure here or the ACT Fee Waiver Eligibility Requirements here. You can also use the SAT Fee Waiver Checklist as a resource.



2019/2020 SAT & ACT Dates

SAT Exam Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

Aug. 24, 2019

Jul. 24, 2019

Aug. 11, 2019

Oct. 5, 2019

Sept. 5, 2019

Sept. 23, 2019

Nov. 2, 2019

Oct. 2, 2019

Oct. 20, 2019

Dec. 7, 2019

Nov. 7, 2019

Nov. 25, 2019

Mar. 14, 2020

Feb. 13, 2020

Feb. 24, 2020

May 2, 2020

Apr. 2, 2020

Apr. 20, 2020

Jun. 6, 2020

May 6, 2020

May 23, 2020


Register at:

ACT Exam Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

Sept. 14, 2019

Aug. 16, 2019

Sept. 1, 2019

Oct. 26, 2019

Sept. 27, 2019

Oct. 13, 2019

Dec. 14, 2019

Nov. 8, 2019

Nov. 25, 2019

Feb. 8, 2020

Jan. 10, 2020

Jan. 17, 2020

Apr. 4, 2020

Feb. 29, 2020

Mar. 16, 2020

June 13, 2020

May 8, 2020

May 25, 2020

July 18, 2020

June 19, 2020

June 26, 2020


Register at:

  • The ACT offers an exam date each year in July, but this exam date is not available in California.


SAT & ACT Prep, On-Campus at Mater Dei

Mater Dei High School is proud to partner with test prep experts Tried & True Tutoring to provide a comprehensive approach to SAT and ACT preparation throughout the 2019/2020 school year, offering the following programs:


  • Mock SAT & ACT Exams: These full-length, real SAT and ACT exams, are given under testing conditions, so you can see exactly how you will perform on the official exams.  After the exams, attend Tried & True’s Score Back Night to determine your strengths, skills gaps, and which exam (SAT or ACT) will best represent you to colleges.

  • Navigating the SAT & ACT Presentation: Presented by Tried & True’s Jonathan Mallaley, this highly informative presentation regularly receives glowing reviews from parents and students.  During the presentation you will learn everything you need to know about college admissions testing.

  • SAT & ACT Comprehensive Courses: Tailored to Mater Dei students, these courses delve into the most frequently tested areas of the SAT & ACT.  With interactive lessons, targeted homework, and complete practice exams, students are peaked for the upcoming test.

  • One-on-One, In-Home Tutoring: This personalized approach to test preparation matches you with a rigorously screened and intensively trained tutor.  Tried & True Tutors engage and mentor students to do their best on these admissions tests.  With ongoing support from a dedicated tutoring director and the entire Tried & True team, you will realize your score increase potential.


Recap of This Past Year’s SAT/ACT Presentation

During our college fair, October 9th, 2018, Jonathan Mallaley from Tried & True Tutoring delivered a presentation for our families, breaking down the sometimes-overwhelming world of college admissions testing.  Here are some key takeaways from the presentation:

  • Competitive colleges will accept either the ACT or SAT.  Neither exam is preferred.
  • Take a practice ACT and SAT to identify which test will best represent you to colleges.
  • Once the “best” test for you is identified, focus your attention on that exam.
  • Take the official exam 2 to 3 times.
  • December of your senior year will be your last opportunity to take the SAT or ACT, though you should plan on taking your first exam much earlier, typically in the spring of your junior year.
  • Be mindful of your target schools’ score choice and superscoring policies.
  • Don’t forget Subject Tests if you may be applying to schools that require or recommend them.
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Upcoming On-Campus SAT & ACT Prep


Tried & True Tutoring in partnership with Mater Dei HS is bringing its popular SAT & ACT programs to campus and will be offering the following programs this fall:

  • Practice SAT and ACT Exams
  • Complete SAT/PSAT Preparation Course
  • One-on-One, In-Home, SAT and ACT Tutoring

Begin your journey by taking SAT and ACT Practice Exams in real testing conditions.  Attend our informative Score Back Night to determine your strengths, skill gaps, and which test will best represent you to colleges.

Perfect for seniors targeting a fall SAT or juniors wanting to boost their PSAT score, the SAT Comprehensive Courses is a 22.5-hour class that delves deeper into the most frequently tested areas of the SAT.  This complete approach has been thoroughly redesigned by a perfect scoring SAT expert.  With interactive lessons and targeted homework, students are peaked for the upcoming test.

Tried & True Tutoring’s thoughtfully designed 1-on-1, In-Home Tutoring brings a personalized program and an expert instructor right to your home!  This custom approach ensures that your child reaches his or her score increase potential.

Here are the details for these upcoming programs: 

Practice Exams


  • Saturday, January 18, 2020 9:00AM – 1:00PM
  • Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:00AM – 1:00PM


  • Saturday, January 18, 2020 9:00AM – 1:00PM
  • Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:00AM – 1:00PM


Score Back Night

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020 6:00PM – 7:00PM



SAT Comprehensive

Target: March 14, 2020 SAT

Length: 10, 2.5-hour Classes

Dates: Feb 4, 5, 11, 13, 25, 27; Mar 3, 5, 10, 12

Time: 3:15 - 5:45 PM

Practice Tests: Jan 25, Feb 29   9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Cost: $699


ACT Comprehensive

Target: April 2, 2020 ACT

Length: 10, 2.5-hour Classes

Dates: Mar 2, 4, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30; Apr 1, 2

Time: 3:15 - 5:45 PM

Practice Tests: Feb 29, Mar 21   9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Cost: $699


*Enroll in the Oct. 5 SAT Exam at College Board

 **Mater Dei HS will enroll your junior in the Oct. 16 PSAT.


Sign Up Here

For more information on these upcoming on-campus programs or to inquire about 1-on-1, In-Home SAT & ACT Tutoring, contact Tried & True Tutoring at:


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Complimentary Consultation

To best describe this valuable service, here are some words from Tried & True:


We understand that there are many questions that surround the SAT and ACT.  What are the differences between these exams?  Which one should I take?  What’s a “good” score?  And there may be plenty more unique to your particular needs.  Fortunately, we spend many of our waking hours (and sometimes our sleeping ones!) dissecting tests, analyzing results, and providing customized solutions for families every day.  If you would like to discuss your SAT and ACT questions, please contact us for an in-depth complimentary consultation with one of our experts.  We are committed to serving the needs of the Mater Dei community and would enjoy the opportunity to speak with you.”


Please call us at (949) 549-1119, or email us at”

The Tried & True Team


Mater Dei High School offers practice testing experience annually to all students in 9th and 10th grade through our partnership with The Princeton Review and administers the official PSAT/NMSQT exam to 11th grade students.

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm
9th grade: Practice PSAT 8/9 exam
10th Grade: Practice ACT exam
11th Grade: Official PSAT/NMSQT exam
12th Grade: N/A

Have Questions or Looking for a Practice Exam Score?
If you have questions about your student's practice tests taken on a Saturday fall of 2017 or afterwards, please contact Tried & True Tutoring at 747-444-9907.

If you have questions about your student's practice tests taken on a Saturday before fall of 2017, please contact our Princeton Review Representative and Regional Director, Keisha Hellon at 909-278-4441 or

If you have questions about your student's practice tests taken on a Wednesday/School Day during October for All School Testing, please contact your student's counselor.




Tips for preparing & practice, including free and low cost:

  • Do your best on Mater Dei’s All School Testing Date every year in October
  • Plan your testing schedule and register for exams on time
  • Read and understand the test format, test topics, and things you need to bring on testing day
  • Read the editorial page of your newspaper and talk about what you read
  • Practice in a stress-free environment on your own time frame
  • Borrow test prep books from the local public library or purchase low-cost books from the friends of the library bookstore
  • New York Times Word of the Day
  • Free practice tests online
  • Guide to SAT/ACT Grammar and Reading
    • Khan Academy CollegeBoard, the creators of the SAT, provides free, official SAT practice through this online program. Your scores on the PSAT can be linked to the Khan Academy for even more personalized practice
On Campus Classes/Practice:
  • Mater Dei/Tried & True Tutoring Comprehensive Prep Classes for SAT or ACT
  • Mater Dei Full Length Mock Exams (Scroll down to see dates/details)
  • All School Testing Day, practice exams through partnership with the Princeton Review, every year in October