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
11th graders
Class of 2018
December 3, 2016November 3, 2016July/August 2016
11th graders
Class of 2018
January 21, 2017 December 21, 2016August/September 2016
11th graders
Class of 2018
March 11, 2017 February 10, 2017October/November 2016
11th graders
Class of 2018
May 6, 2017 April 7, 2017December 2016/January 2017
11th graders
Class of 2018
June 3, 2017 May 9, 2017January/February 2017
10th graders
Class of 2019
October 7, 2017 To Be AnnouncedMay/June 2017
10th graders
Class of 2019
November 4, 2017To Be AnnouncedJune/July 2017

Register for the SAT here.

ACT Schedule

GradeACT Test DateRegistration DeadlineIdeal Time to Start Prep
11th Graders
Class of 2018
December 10, 2016November 4, 2016August/September 2016
11th Graders
Class of 2018
February 11, 2017January 6, 2017October/November 2016
11th Graders
Class of 2018
April 8, 2017March 3, 2017December 2016 / January 2017
11th Graders
Class of 2018
June 10, 2017May 5, 2017February/March 2017
11th Graders
Class of 2018
September 9, 2017August 4, 2017May/June 2017
11th Graders
Class of 2018
October 21, 2017September 15, 2017June/July 2017
10th Graders
Class of 2019
December 9, 2017November 3, 2017August/September 2017

Register for the ACT here.

 

ACT vs. New 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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