•  Testing Updates - 9/14/2020


    Private National (Weekend) Testing

    October 10 ACT: The October date is now available only to HPHS Seniors.  This letter sent to senior students and their families on Tuesday, 8/25 has specific instructions on how to register for this date including the unique code for October 10.  Please do not register for this date if you took the ACT at HPHS on September 12.  The registration deadline for the October 10 ACT is September 25.  


    State Mandated SAT for Seniors

    A letter was recently sent to senior students and families explaining the options for senior students to satisfy the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) testing graduation requirement.  All class of 2021 students must take a school based SAT with Essay on one of the following dates: September 23, October 14, or April 13.  A weekend SAT will not satisfy the ISBE graduation requirement. 

    Seniors who selected to take the September 23 SAT recently received this letter with specific test day details.  Registration for September 23 is now closed.  Please review the SAT Timing Information to know when exams start and end for the September 23 and September 24 (if applicable) administration of the SAT.

    Seniors who selected to take the October 14 SAT will receive confirmation this week.  More specific details will be provided closer to test date.  Please review the SAT Timing Information to know when exams start and end for the October 14 and October 15 (if applicable) administration of the SAT.

    Seniors who did not select a date will be take the SAT on April 13, 2021.  More information about the April 13 date will be shared later in the school year.



    Update on the PSAT/NSMQT: We have moved the testing date to Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Originally this exam was scheduled for October 14, 2020. More information on the PSAT/NSMQT will follow at a later time.

    The January administration of PSAT/NSMQT will have the same benefits as the October PSAT/NMSQT, including eligibility for programs administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.


    2020-2021 AP Testing

    • All students enrolled in an AP course should login to their MY AP account (or create one if needed) and join their specific class section(s).  Teachers can provide the the section specific Join Code. 
    • College Board has eliminated the $40 cancellation fee for this school year.  Therefore, all students who join their class section on the MY AP portal will automatically be registered for the test.  More specific information about fees and dates related to fees will be shared in the near future.  

     AP Testing - CLICK HERE to learn more!

    Highland Park High School offers a variety of opportunities for students to take college entrance exams, or exams that prepare them for future college entrance exams, throughout their high school career.  Additionally, Highland Park High School offers a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses.  These courses provide the foundation for students to demonstrate content specific skills on AP exams.  See below for information related to the SAT, ACT and AP exams.  Use the navigation bar on the left to find more specific information related to testing for all HPHS students.
    All colleges and universities accept either the ACT or SAT for college admissions purposes.  Links to these sites are below.  In addition to administering the SAT, College Board also administers Subject Tests and AP examinations.  Students are advised to consider both of these tests as possibilities, the exams test different abilities so students may test better on one or the other.  Contact your student's counselor or consult one of the College Counselors for advice on which test is appropriate for your student.
    Click the links below for additional information on the ACT and SAT, as well as Advanced Placement Testing; click the links at left for information on testing dates.

    ACT/SAT concordance table

    ACT services for examinees with disabilities

    SAT services for examinees with disabilities

    SAT score choice

    Free Online Test Prep Resources

    There are also a growing number of colleges that do not require standardized testing for admissions purposes, or that have modified testing policies.  For a comprehensive list of these schools check out