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Nearly every four-year college and university requires applicants to have taken one or both college entrance exams, the ACT and the SAT. Both of these tests are curriculum-based national college admissions exams that measure college readiness. These tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century. The websites for the these tests ACT (American College Test) and Sat (Scholastic Assessment Test) contain a wealth of valuable information, including free practice tests, test dates, registration, scores, college and career planning, and college financial aid information.


Proudly, St. Michael’s five-year average composite ACT score is 22.4. Comparatively, New Mexico’s five-year average composite ACT score is 19.9 and the national five-year average composite ACT score is 21.1.   


While standardized tests continue to be scrutinized, the ACT and SAT historically and accurately measure college-readiness as well as college performance. College-readiness benchmark scores indicate that students have a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in credit-bearing college courses.  

To help prepare students for the ACT and SAT, St. Michael’s administers the ACT Aspire to 8th and 9th graders and the PSAT to 10th and 11th graders.   

St. Michael’s is committed to not only preparing students for college, but St. Michael’s also prepares students to have a successful college experience.  



For information on ACT, SAT and PSAT prep courses click here

For ACT and SAT enrollment deadlines and test dates click here.