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College, Career, and Military Readiness

College Readiness Assessments

There are several tests students take in high school to prepare and assess them for college readiness including ACT, SAT, PSAT, TSI, and more. 


We recommend students take both the ACT and SAT their Junior year. Students can compare their scores and see which test is the best fit for them. We encourage students to choose the test on which they scored higher to do some test prep and retake that exam. 

ACT Testing Dates - ACT Website

  • February 10, 2024
  • April 13, 2024
  • June 8, 2024
  • July 13, 2024 

SAT Testing Dates - SAT Website 

  • March 9, 2024
  • May 4, 2024 
  • June 1, 2024

Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2)

If you are interested, please see your counselor. 


The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a standarized test offered annually. 

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

The ASVAB is a multiple- aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applications, high school, and post-secondary students. If you are interested, please see your counselor. 


Financial Aid and Scholarships

Many scholarships are available to students each year to help pay for college. There are a variety of local, regional, state, and national scholarships. Hillsboro High School has a scholarship spreadsheet curated by HHS counselors with current and upcoming scholarships including deadlines. If you have any questions about scholarships, please visit the Hillsboro High School Counseling Office or call 254-582-4100. 

Searching for Scholarships 
Students can also search for scholarships to apply. The first place we recommend students to search for scholarships is the institution the student is applying for admission to. Each College and University does their financial aid and scholarship applications and offers differently. If you have any questions, it is best to ask the Financial Aid offices at the prospective schools. 

Here are some search engines we also recommend for students: 

Application for Federal Student Aide (FAFSA) 
Financial assistance is available to students to help pay for school. The first step is to complete the free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Not sure if filing the FAFSA is right for you? Here are the facts: 

  • There is no income cut-off to quality for federal student aid. Many factors besides income are taken into account.
  • Filing a FAFSA form is the only way to become eligible for most state, federal, and institutional scholarships, grants, work-study, and other types of financial aid. 
  • Some colleges won't even consider you for any of their scholarships (including academic scholarships) until you've submitted a FAFSA/