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Counseling Resources - 12th Grade

While the SAT/ ACT has typically been a commonly used metric in the college admissions process.


However, this practice is going through changes due to COVID. It is up to the student to do their own research into perspective colleges to see what each college is requiring.


UCs and CSUs no longer require these tests for admissions. A recent article was published about the CSUs dropping this requirement which you can read here.


Test Optional- This means that it is up to the student whether or not they want to submit an SAT or ACT score. This means that the college does NOT require it as part of their admissions process. 


Test Blind- This means that if a student submits an SAT or ACT score that the college will NOT look at the scores when reviewing the student's application. The test score would only be used AFTER a student is admitted and the test score would be used for placement purposes. 


Here is a website that has most colleges' policies surrounding these tests. 

Here is the link to the SAT test dates. 

Here is the link to register to take the SAT. 

Here is the link to register for the ACT. 


If you are on the free and reduced lunch list please contact me directly so I can support you with a fee waiver. 

Education Benefits For Children of Military Vets

Here is the link to the CalVet Service's College Fee Waiver. 


Here is the direct link the Education & Training page for the VA. 


Here is the link the the for how to apply for the Education benefits. 


Below is the contact information for the local veteran service office:  

Location: Santa Cruz


Hours: Hours: M-Th 8 am-12 Pm & 1-5 pm Walk-in Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, 1-5 pm and Wednesday all-day
Office: 842 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060  1.1 mi.
Main: (831) 454-7276
Fax: (831) 458-7116