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ACT, SAT, & Higher Education Information

ACT & SAT Information 

Students who are interested in attending college after high school may need to take a college entrance exam like the SAT or ACT. Some colleges are test optional, meaning the exams are not required for admissions. However, the scores reported may be used in the post-secondary admissions process. Although the college you are interested in attending may not require the exam, scores are good for several years and can be used later if you decide to take a gap year or attend college later in life.


A good time to take these exams is in the spring of junior year or the summer before senior year begins. At the very latest, a student should take an exam early in the fall semester of their senior year. This way, there will be other opportunities to take the test again, if needed. Registration is online, and payments are made directly to the testing organization. Obtaining testing accommodations under an IEP is a very lengthy process, so start early! Check out their websites for specific information.





Higher Education Information
  • Core Course GPA (for student-athletes)
    • NCAA DI/DII initial-eligibility academic requirements are different than the graduation requirements for Greenbrier High School.

    • Not all courses offered at Greenbrier High School are accepted by the NCAA as core courses for the purpose of meeting the NCAA’s credit and GPA requirements.

    • An NCAA core course GPA is not the same as the cumulative GPA on the report card and is often lower.

    • The minimum NCAA core GPA requirements are more rigorous than graduation requirements. In addition, the lower your NCAA core GPA, the higher your SAT/ACT scores must be.

    • Students interested in playing athletics at the collegiate level should begin tracking their NCAA core course GPA their freshman year. All semesters count towards meeting the NCAA’s academic requirements and it is not uncommon for 33% of core courses to be completed during freshman year.

    • Counselors and coaches do not track student-athletes for NCAA initial-eligibility.

    • Greenbrier High School provides all student-athletes with access to a free account with to assist them in tracking their NCAA initial-eligibility progress.