Which Test Should I Take?

  • The ACT and SAT are college entrance exams, and students must take one or the other in order to apply to a four-year university. Johnson County Community College does not require an ACT score for admission. The ACT has five components: mathematics, reading, science, English and an optional writing test. The SAT consists of 10 sections: three in mathematics, a required writing session, and three in critical reasoning. Each test is approximately three hours and 25 minutes.

    The PSAT exam is also known as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). About 1 percent of students nationally achieve these top scores which put them in the running for the National Merit Scholarship.

Test Prep Resources

  • StudyPoint offers free ACT and SAT practice tests virtually, so you can take the practice test from your home. Anyone who participates will receive a free score analysis that breaks down how you did by section, question type, and content area. They run multiple practice tests each week. If you're interested, you can view available dates and register for a test at site.studypoint.com/virtual-practice-tests


  • The Kansas Department of Education will offer ALL Juniors the opportunity to take the ACT without cost on March 1st. The assessment will be offered during the morning at the student’s home school and this day will be a full day of school for all students.  This is a tremendous opportunity for Olathe students to take this assessment at no cost to the families. The ACT does count as an official test and the results of this test are reportable to colleges and universities.

    All ONW Juniors are automatically enrolled for this assessment.  If you do not want your student to take the ACT on this date or if your student needs accommodation, please use the links in the Frequently Asked Questions section to communicate those requests no later than December 10th.

    The ACT is a paper-and-pencil entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The purpose of the ACT test is to measure a high school student's readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants (in addition to GPA, courses taken, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, etc.).  The tests are multiple choice and the four-part assessment measures:

    • English
    • Math
    • Reading
    • Science
    • NO writing test is associated with this testing date


    • Who is eligible?  ALL Juniors!  
    • What if I do not want my student to take the ACT?   If you would prefer that your student not take the ACT at ONW on March 1st, you must have opted-out by 12/10/21.
    • Where do I take the ACT? The ACT will be given at Olathe Northwest.   
    • What if I have a need for accommodation?  The ACT does provide for accommodation, and those will be applied for by the Olathe School District.  If you believe you are eligible for ACT-approved accommodation, you must have requested accommodation by 12/10/21.  Late accommodation requests are not available.
    • Is March 1st a full day of school?  Yes. ONW will communicate a unique schedule for March 1st while students are testing in the morning and have regular classes in the afternoon.


    For other ACT Tests, register at www.act.org. Cost is $63 or $88 with writing. 

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration (late fee required)
Saturday, September 10, 2022 Aug 5 Aug 19
Saturday, October 22, 2022 Sep 16 Sep 30
Saturday, December 10, 2022 Nov 4 Nov 11
Saturday, February 11, 2023 Jan 6 Jan 20
*Tuesday, February 28, 2023 JUNIORS ONLY - Automatically Enrolled Opt-out/accommodation request deadline: December TBD
Saturday April 15, 2023 Mar 10 Mar 24
Saturday, June 10, 2023 May 5 May 19
Saturday, July 15, 2023 Jun 16 Jun 23

SAT Testing

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
Saturday, August 27, 2022 Jul 30 Aug 13
Saturday, October 1, 2022 Sep 3 Sep 17
Saturday, November 5, 2022 Oct 8 Oct 22
Saturday, December 3, 2022 Nov 5 Nov 19
Saturday, March 11, 2023 Feb 11 Feb 25
Saturday, May 6, 2023 Apr 8 Apr 22
Saturday, June 2, 2023 May 6 May 20

PSAT / NMSQT Testing Dates

  • The PSAT / NMSQT exam will be given on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at Olathe Northwest.

    The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 14. Cost is $19.00. Late registration is not an option. Register at TouchBase Signin.

    Contact your students' counselor with questions.

    Click here for more information about PSAT.