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University of California & California State University

Each University of California campus holds campus college fairs.  Please go to the campus website for dates and times.

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It is never too early to start applying for scholarships.  Financial Aid is not a guarantee.  You can help yourself (and your parents) by applying to as many scholarships as possible.
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College Information
Foothills School Code: 051452
Important College websites:
NOTE: Seniors applying to a 4-year University will need to take one standardized test (ACT/SAT) no later than the October 2016 test.

PSAT Testing

Wednesday, October 19th, FCHS will have PSAT testing for 9-11th grade students. Seniors will be going on a college tour (@ FCHS Campus. Several college representatives will set up information booths for students to explore) .

Special Interest Financial Aid Sites
There are many websites that offer special help and information to specific groups.

Latino College Dollars, Scholarships for America’s Latino Students

Catholic Colleges Online

College planning for students with Learning Disabilities

Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

Directory of National Fellowships, Internships, and Scholarships

Minority Scholarships

Upcoming College Fairs:

San Diego Performing and Visual Arts College Fair
Foothills Christian High School’s College Night
Wednesday October 19, 2016
*for all 9-12 grade students and parents
San Diego National College Fair
Tuesday April 25, 2017
9am-12pm and 6:00pm-8:30pm
San Diego Convention Center

Parents and students participating in National College Fairs meet one-on-one with representatives from colleges and universities to discuss admission and financial aid opportunities at their respective institutions.

Register before the fair to make the most of your time onsite and ensure that colleges can follow up with you. Review the list of colleges that will be at the fair. Upon arrival at the fair, pick up a map to find your best-fitting colleges. Counselors will be available onsite to help you determine the colleges that meet your requirements regarding major, location, and other areas of interest.


San Diego Christian College Fair

 Export to Your Calendar 10/13/2016
When: 10/13/2016
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Where: Map this event »
Horizon Christian High School Gym
5331 Mount Alifan Drive
San Diego, California  92111
United States
Contact: Wyatt Ehrlich

Juniors: Start college planning.

If you do not know where to start, go to:

Should I take the SAT or ACT test? What’s the difference and which one do colleges prefer?

ACT vs SAT: which test is a better fit for your student? Students may take whichever test they prefer (assuming there are available testing locations for both tests). If you’re not sure which test your child would prefer, consider the key differences between the ACT and SAT. Some students find that the ACT caters to their strengths more so than the SAT, and vice versa.

Need a quick side-by-side comparison of the tests?  Check out our ACT vs. SAT Comparison Chart.

(Chart taken from

content-based test Type of Test content-based test
Reading: 1, 65-min section; Math: 1, 25-min section (no calculator) & 1, 55-min section (w/ calculator); Writing & Langauge: 1, 35-min section; Essay: 1, 50-min section (optional) Test Format English: 1, 45-min section; Math: 1, 60-min section; Reading: 1, 35-min section; Science: 1, 35-min section; Writing: 1, 40-min essay (optional)
reading, relevant words in context, math, grammar & usage, analytical writing (optional) Content Covered grammar & usage, math, reading, science reasoning, and writing (optional)
questions are evidence and context-based in an effort to focus on real-world situations and multi-step problem-solving Test Style straightforward, questions may be long but are usually less difficult to decipher
Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing are each scored on a scale of 200-800. Composite SAT score is the sum of the two section scores and ranged from 400-1600. Scoring English, Math, Reading, and Science scores will each range between 1-36.  Composite ACT score is the average of your scores on the four sections; ranges between 1-36
no – you do not lose points for incorrect answers Penalty for Wrong Answers? no – you do not lose points for incorrect answers
yes – you can choose which set(s) of SAT scores to submit to colleges Score Choice? yes – you can choose which set(s) of ACT scores to submit to colleges
questions increase in difficulty level as you move through that question type in a section (except reading passage questions, which progress chronologically through the passage) Difficulty Levels difficulty level of the questions is random
arithmetic, problem-solving & data analysis, heart of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry; formulas provided. Math Levels arithmetic, algebra I and II, functions, geometry, trigonometry; no formulas are provided
with private schools and schools on the east and west coasts; however, every four-year college in the US accepts SAT scores Tends to be more popular? with public schools and schools in the Midwest and south; however, every four-year college in the US accepts ACT scores
seven times per year: January, March or April, May, June, October, November, December Offered when? six times per year: February, April, June, September, October, December (note that some states offer the ACT as part of their state testing requirements; these tests are not administered on the national test dates)
typically about four weeks before the test date Registration deadline? typically about five to six weeks before the test date More Information

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ACT Testing at FCHS is Saturday October 22nd, 2016 & Saturday April 8th, 2017.

Early registration is required at  A list of all of the test dates are listed below.

Please remember that FCHS requires each student who is receiving their College Prep Diploma to take either the ACT or SAT test before they graduate.

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 10, 2016 August 7, 2016 August 8-19, 2016
October 22, 2016 September 16, 2016 September 17-30, 2016
December 10, 2016 November 4, 2016 November 5-18, 2016
February 11, 2017* January 13, 2017 January 14-20, 2017
April 8, 2017 March 3, 2017 March 4-17, 2017
June 10, 2017 May 5, 2017 May 6-19, 2017

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Pre-Register for the test at

I heard the SAT test has recently changed. What are the changes they have made? 

Yes, the SAT has changed. Please take a look here to see the changes they have made:

2016-17 SAT Administration Dates and Deadlines
SAT Date SAT Subject Tests Available
(Find Dates)
Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Deadline for Changes
Mail Phone/
Oct. 1, 2016


See SAT Subject Tests available on this date Sept. 1, 2016 Sept. 13, 2016 Sept. 20, 2016 Sept. 20, 2016
Nov. 5, 2016


See SAT Subject Tests available on this date Oct. 7, 2016 Oct. 18, 2016 Oct. 25, 2016 Oct. 25, 2016
Dec. 3, 2016


See SAT Subject Tests available on this date Nov. 3, 2016 Nov. 15, 2016 Nov. 22, 2016 Nov. 22, 2016
Jan. 21, 2017


See SAT Subject Tests available on this date Dec. 21, 2016 Jan. 3, 2017 Jan. 10, 2017 Jan. 10, 2017
March 11, 2017


SAT Subject Tests not offered on this date Feb. 10, 2017 Feb. 21, 2017 Feb. 28, 2017 Feb. 28, 2017
May 6, 2017


See SAT Subject Tests available on this date Apr. 7, 2017 Apr. 18, 2017 Apr. 25, 2017 Apr. 25, 2017
June 3, 2017


See SAT Subject Tests available on this date May 9, 2017 May 16, 2017 May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017