Standardized Testing

The SAT and ACT are an important component of the student's application to colleges. As required by the State of South Carolina, GSSM administers the ACT and SAT to all juniors in the spring. Students will be provided information regarding registration for these special test administrations at GSSM. Students choose one of these tests to complete, the cost of which is incurred by the state.  Test prep is available through individualized practice sessions with faculty, access to test prep guidebooks and free test prep through Khan Academy for the SAT, and ACT Academy for the ACT.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of colleges and universities have become test-optional or test-blind. A full list of test-optional colleges can be found on Seniors are strongly encouraged to work with their college counselor to determine if they should retake the ACT or SAT, and if/where to send their scores for admission.

GSSM’s School Code for the SAT and ACT is 410997

To register for the tests:

  • College Board (for the SAT Test and the SAT Subject Tests)
  • ACT (for the American College Test)

SAT and SAT Subject Tests

The SAT includes sections on Evidenced Based Reading and Writing in addition to Mathematics. Individual section scores range from 200 to 800.

Students should check the admissions requirements for each college to which they are applying to determine if they are test-optional for fall 2021. SAT Subject tests are no longer required for admission by any colleges, however students may choose to send them in support of their application for admissions.

2020-21 SAT Administration Dates & Deadlines (as of 8/18/20)

SAT Date Reg. Deadline Deadline for Changes
8/29/20 7/31/20 8/18/20
9/26/20 8/26/20 9/15/20
10/3/20 9/4/20 9/22/20
11/7/20 10/7/20 10/27/20
12/5/20 11/5/20 11/24/20
3/13/21 2/12/21 3/2/21
5/8/21 4/8/21 4/27/21
6/5/21 5/6/21 5/26/21


The ACT includes sections in English, math, reading, science and an optional Essay (which we encourage students to take.) Scores on the individual sections range from 1 to 36, and your composite score is an average of the subscores.

2020-21 ACT Administration Dates & Deadlines (as of 8/18/20)

ACT Date Reg. Deadline Late Reg.
(Fee Required)
9/12/20 8/14/20 8/15-28
9/19/20 8/14/20 8/15-8/28
10/10/20 9/17/20 9/18-9/25
10/17/20 9/17/20 9/18-9/25
10/24/20 9/17/20 9/18-9/25
12/12/20 11/6/20 11/7-11/20
2/6/21 1/8/21 1/9-1/15
4/17/21 3/12/21 3/13-3/26
6/12/21 5/7/21 5/8-5/21
7/17/21 6/18/21 6/19-6/25