Preparing For College

Testing registration and information for college entrance exams, including the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP tests, can be found below, or in the Beyond CHS office. Information on financial aid, scholarships, and colleges are also available in the Beyond CHS office and online.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. Colleges and universities may grant advanced placement and course credit to students who obtain higher scores (3, 4 or 5) on the examinations. To find out if a particular college or university accepts AP credits, check that school’s online AP Credit Policy page, or use the College Board AP Credit Policy Search. AP exams are given each year in May.

AP exam registration for 2019-2020 will occur in the fall (from October 1- November 4) instead of later in the school year. For more information on why the exam registration will be earlier, please refer to the CollegeBoard AP website.

To register for an AP exam:

Step 1: Register for your AP Class Section online at and enter the join code shared with you in your AP class.

Step 2: Register for the AP test (or decline the AP test) online at the same site, by November 4.

Step 3: Confirm and pay for the test, or indicate your fee waiver eligibility, in Beyond CHS (Rm 120) by 3pm on November 4. The cost of each AP exam is $84, in exact cash or a check made out to Corvallis High School. The exam is free to those eligible for a College Board Fee Waiver.

Please note that the College Board has increased the cancelled/unused test fee to $40 for 2019-20. If a student needs to cancel an AP test after the November order is placed, the refund will be $44 (of the $84 paid). Late AP test registration will also cost an additional $40.

College Entrance Exams

In order to apply to most universities, high school students must take either the SAT or ACT, depending on where you plan to apply. For more information and help deciding which test to take and how to prepare for these tests, students are invited to stop by the College and Career Center anytime.

Registration for Fall 2019 SAT Review Classes will open September 12, 2019.  Downloadable forms will be available here on September 12.  Paper registration forms will be available for pickup in Beyond CHS as well.

Fall 2019 SAT Review Class Schedule

Tuesday evening sessions: October 15, 22, 29, Nov 5,12 (practice test) and 19, from 7 pm to 9:30 pm.

Saturday morning sessions: October 19,26, Nov 2,9,16 (practice test) and 23, from 9 am to 11:30 am.

Preliminary SAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)

The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) is a practice test for the SAT that is also used to determine eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program. It utilizes junior year (11th grade) test scores only.

The PSAT is offered once a year at CHS. Any student is allowed to take the PSAT. We highly recommend that students in the eleventh grade take the PSAT even if they have taken it before.


Generally taken during the junior and/or senior year. The SAT Reasoning Test is comprised of three sections: Critical Reading, Writing, and Math, with scores ranging from 200-800 for each section for a potential score of 1600.

For information about SAT dates, deadlines, and locations, click here: SAT Dates (2018-19)

Students can register for the SAT at:

If you qualify for fee waivers, see Mrs. Corrigan.


Generally taken during the junior and/or senior year. The ACT consists of four multiple-choice tests:  English, Reading, Math and Science Reasoning.  Students are given a score for each test, with scores ranging from 1-36. These four scores are then averaged to arrive at a “Composite score.”  The ACT offers an optional Writing Test that is only taken if a student intends to apply to a college requiring it.

For information about ACT dates, deadlines, and locations, click here: ACT Dates (2018-19)

Students can register for the ACT at:

If you qualify for fee waivers, see Mrs. Corrigan.

Important Information

When preparing for college, it is crucial to consider all aspects. How to apply, financial aid, AP classes, and college entrance exams are all ways to ready yourself for a four-year university.