College Admission Exam Info

Most colleges will accept either the SAT or the ACT for admission purposes, though it is always best to check with each college of interest to verify school specific admission requirements.

The SAT and ACT are quite different. Please use the following link to read a Princeton Review article to help you decide which exam to take, or plan to take both! 

The CHS School Code for both exams is: 480260

For more information on the SAT, and to register for the exam go to the following College Board webpage:

For more information on the ACT, and to register for the exam go to the following ACT webpage:



What Do Colleges Want?
Insights from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, State of College Admissions Report, by Carolyn Z. Lawrence,

Over the past decade, the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) – the leading professional organization for college admissions officers – has surveyed colleges about their admissions practices. The annual State of College Admissions survey provides clues about how colleges make admissions decisions and insight into the ever-evolving admissions landscape. Some of the most recent results may surprise you. For the last ten years, admissions officers have consistently reported that grades, curriculum, and test scores are most important in admissions decisions at their institutions.

New York Times – College Admission
News about College and University Admissions, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.

Reality Check: College Acceptance Rates, Fall 2013
Article showing the percentage of students admitted for the fall of 2013, to many of the selective/competitive universities in the U.S. by Carolyn Z. Lawrence,

The most important colleges on a student’s list are foundational “safe bets” where a student has an excellent choice of admission. Any college that accepts less than 25% of students is never a safety school for anyone, no matter how superb a student’s GPA and test scores may be. Luckily, there are more than 2,400 excellent colleges and universities in the U.S. that have much more realistic acceptance rates.  Some of these great schools are included on this list.

Frequently Asked Questions About Early Action
by Carolyn Z. Lawrence,

Early Action is an application plan that allows you to apply and receive an admissions decision early in the year. The deadlines for applying Early Action are usually either November 1 or November 15, although a few colleges and universities use a December deadline, typically well before Christmas.

Is Early Decision Right For You?
Frequently Asked Questions About Applying Early Decision
by Carolyn Z. Lawrence,

Applying Early Decision can make sense, but before you decide to apply Early Decision, be sure to learn the facts. Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about Early Decision.