Office of College & Career Readiness


2022-2023 Calendar of Events - CCR

SAT & ACT Testing Information

The SAT & ACT are standardized tests that most colleges use to evaluate prospective students. Students must have a score on either the SAT or the ACT to be considered for admission. All Indiana juniors now take the SAT daytime test for state accountability and they CAN use the score to submit for college acceptance. Students who receive special services and support through an IEP or an IIP can also get testing modifications on the exam.

The best way to prepare for both the SAT and ACT is to take and work hard in rigorous classes. If additional test prep is needed, students can use the Khan Academy for SAT prep or Kaplan online for ACT prep. Both programs are available through the student’s registration page.For more free SAT resources, take a look at Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® and our printable SAT practice tests.

Registration for both tests is online. To register for the SAT, go to To register for the ACT, go to Students without computer access can use the media center or the computers in the student services office.

SAT fee waivers are available to low-income 11th and 12th graders in the U.S.

  • You’re enrolled in or eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

  • Your annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

  • You’re enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., Federal TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).

  • Your family receives public assistance.

  • You live in federally subsidized public housing or a foster home or are homeless.

  • You are a ward of the state or an orphan.

***IMPORTANT*** Make sure your parents complete the free/reduced lunch & textbook eligibility which is now online and linked here: Child Nutrition website.

BDHS, BDU, and Achieve Virtual students who qualify for fee waivers must email their counselor to receive the waiver code which can be used for two tests.

If you aren’t a strong test taker and worry that your score may impact your college admission, there are many colleges that are test optional!

Earlham College, University of Evansville, Ball State University, Vincennes University, Hanover College, Saint Mary’s College, and Ivy Tech Community College are all test optional.

Need help registering for either of these tests? Schedule an appointment with your guidance counselor, or for BDHS, your college admissions counselor for assistance.

SAT/ACT Additional Guidelines

The FAFSA opens October 1st, 2023. The Indiana state deadline to file and be eligible for the 21st Century Scholarship is April 15, 2024. The Federal deadline to file is June 30, 2024. ***File EARLY to maximize your opportunity to receive more financial aid support for college!

Need help with the FAFSA? Schedule an appointment with your counselor or college admissions coordinator. You can also seek after hours assistance through INvestEd by going to or calling (317) 715-9007.

Need to know if you are a 21st Century Scholar? Email and we will check and let you know!