College Planning

College Entrance Tests

ACT (American College Test)
The ACT test is recommended by many Midwestern colleges and universities. Students can register online at Included with the registration process is a student profile in which the student answers many questions. These answers are reported to the college and include items such as size of class and grades in certain subjects.

ACT will send score reports to any college the student desires. The first four colleges are included as part of the basic fee. Additional colleges require an additional fee. ACT includes helpful information about each college in the report sent to the student. This information includes how the student’s scores compare to the typical student attending that college, and a prediction of the number of chances in ten the student has to be successful at that college. This is useful information; and for that reason, it is to the student’s advantage to have scores sent to at least three colleges. It is the student’s responsibility to request ACT to send official scores to colleges to which they are applying.

SAT Reasoning Test
The SAT Reasoning test is required by many East and West Coast colleges as well as by many selective colleges. Students can register online at The SAT Reasoning test is comprised of a verbal and a math section. In addition there is a mandatory writing section on the SAT.

ACT and SAT Test Dates
ACT Test Dates
SAT Test Dates

East High School Code:  281303
East High Test Center Code:  180100

Next Generation ACCUPLACER Test
The Next Generation ACCUPLACER test is Southeast Community College’s computer adaptive placement test.  It measures skills in Reading, English, and Mathematics.  The Next Generation ACCUPLACER test helps determine your placement in Southeast Community College courses.  The computer selects questions for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. It is recommended that students take the Next Generation ACCUPLACER as soon as you decide to attend SCC.

(Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)
The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test that interested 11th graders and highly motivated10th graders can take in October. Like the SAT, it measures the knowledge and skills in reading, writing, and math students learn in the classroom—the same knowledge and skills your child needs to succeed in college and career. The PSAT is typically given in the month of October. Students register for this test in the main office and pay a test fee. The PSAT serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test for juniors.

Test Prep Courses
ACT Online Prep Test
Preparing for the ACT Test (Practice Test)
SAT Online Prep Test
On To College with John Baylor
SYLVAN Learning Center – SAT/ACT Test Prep classes…contact Wes Miller at 423-8833 or email at
LPS PSAT/ACT/SAT Test Prep Workshops contact Michelle Fonck if you have any questions at or call 402-617-0692.
Kaplan Test Prep…contact Stephan Reyes, Program Manager, Kaplan Test Prep, located at 1821 K Street (Lincoln School of Commerce), Lincoln, NE 402-475-7010. – The Army hosts a free online test site and contains well known Peterson’s prep and timed practice tests for ACT/SAT.

Admission Requirements for College

The admission illustration is meant as a general guideline to assist parents and students in planning their high school courses.  It is important to review the admissions information listed in the college catalogs or via computer to determine the specific academic requirements of each institution or department.  College’s admissions officers make every effort to recognize individual differences in student’s academic preparation before making final admissions decisions.

UNL College Admission Requirements

(This example is not intended to market UNL.  It is an illustration to inform seniors about classes required for college.  Requirements are subject to change.)

Category Units Requirements
English4All units must include intensive reading and writing experience. Innovative interdisciplinary courses and courses in speech and journalism may be substituted if they include substantial amounts of reading and writing.
Mathematics4Must include Algebra I, II, and Geometry, and one additional unit that builds on a knowledge of algebra.
Social Studies3At least one unit of American and/or world history and one additional unit of history, American government, and/or geography and a third unit drawn from any social science discipline.
Natural Sciences3At least two units selected from biology, chemistry, physics and earth sciences. One of the units must include laboratory instruction.
Foreign Language2Students who are unable to take two years of foreign language in high school may still qualify for admission. Such students will be required to take two semester of foreign language at the University of Nebraska. These students are still required to complete 16 units of academic courses for admission.

In addition to completing the 16 core course requirements, students must meet at least one performance requirement for admission:

  • be ranked in the upper one-half of their high school class or
  • have received an ACT composite score of 20 or higher or
  • have received a SAT total score of 1030 or higher

UNL Honors Program

  • ACT composite of 30 or above or combined SAT of 1300
  • High school class rank in the top 10%
  • A demonstrated commitment to academic and intellectual pursuits
  • Evidence of engagement in school and community activities

UNL Approved Admission Courses

To find out how your high school courses will be counted toward Nebraska’s Core Course Requirements, you can use this page to search by high school name or by city, and each link below will show you how the coursework you’ve taken will apply.

The Common Application

The Common Application is a non-profit organization that serves students and member institutions by providing an admission application -online and in print- that students may submit to any of their nearly 300 members. If you are applying to a number of selective colleges, this application can save you valuable time.  For more information on participating colleges and universities and the Common Application go online to

Midwest Student Exchange Program

Over 100 colleges in Nebraska, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and North Dakota participate in the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP).  Students from these states pay lower non-resident tuition while attending out-of-state colleges.  To benefit from the program, students must:

  • reside in a MSEP state
  • enroll in a designated program
  • attend a participating out-of-state college
  • be accepted for the MSEP program through the college

For more information go to

Transfer Nebraska

Nebraska’s higher education institutions have joined together to offer Transfer Nebraska, a one-stop site that provides you with a list of courses that will transfer from one school to another – helping you to plan your future, save time and money, and stay on the path to a degree and successful career.

Features of Transfer Nebraska

  • Easy, quick-click method of seeing whether your courses will transfer
  • Course descriptions that help you see the similarities and differences between courses
  • Multi-year college catalogs to identify the exact course you took in a specific year
  • Course codes, numbers and credits that help you select the right course to take for optimum transfer

College Campus Visits: A list of questions to ask when you visit. Go.Visit.College

Lincoln East High School

Counseling Center
1000 South 70th Street
Lincoln, NE 68510

Phone: 402-436-1302, option 3
Fax: 402-436-1329

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