SAT and ACT Test Schedule

One of the biggest questions parents have about test prep is what test their student should take and when to begin to prepare for it.

To optimize scores, students should prepare for and take either the SAT or ACT, not both. Every college in America now accepts both tests.

Most students take the SAT or ACT in the spring of their junior year, and if necessary, in the fall of their senior year.

Below you’ll find the test dates, the registration deadlines, and recommendation to begin the test prep process (typically three and a half months out).

 

SAT Schedule

GradeSAT Test DateRegistration DeadlineIdeal Time to Start Prep
12th graders
Class of 2018
October 7, 2017 September 8, 2017May/June 2017
11th graders
Class of 2019
November 4, 2017October 5, 2017June/July 2017
11th graders
Class of 2019
December 2, 2017November 2, 2017July/August 2017
11th graders
Class of 2019
March 10, 2018February 9, 2018October/November 2017
11th graders
Class of 2019
May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018December 2017/January 2018
11th graders
Class of 2019
June 2, 2018May 3, 2018January/February 2018
11th graders
Class of 2019
August 25, 2018TBDMarch/April 2018

Register for the SAT here.

ACT Schedule

GradeACT Test DateRegistration DeadlineIdeal Time to Start Prep
12th Graders
Class of 2018
September 9, 2017August 4, 2017May/June 2017
12th Graders
Class of 2018
October 28, 2017September 22, 2017June/July 2017
11th Graders
Class of 2019
December 9, 2017November 3, 2017August/September 2017
11th Graders
Class of 2019
February 10, 2018January 12, 2018October/November 2017
11th Graders
Class of 2019
April 14, 2018March 9, 2018December 2017/ January 2018
11th Graders
Class of 2019
June 9, 2018May 4, 2018February/March 2018
11th Graders
Class of 2019
July 14, 2018June 15, 2018March/April 2018

Register for the ACT here.

 

ACT vs. SAT

Contact us to determine which test is right for your student.

Here are a few important differences between the ACT and New SAT:

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