ACT and SAT Test Schedule

ACT vs. SAT

ACT

Speed Test

More questions, less time per question

Straightforward questions, similar to school testing

Four Sections: math, reading, writing and science

Math: all calculator

Optional essay offered

Total time (without essay): 2 hours and 55 min

Total available points: 36

SAT

Power Test

Fewer, wordier questions

Requires more critical thinking and analysis

Two sections: reading/writing and math

Math: part calculator and part no calculator

No essay offered

Total time: 3 hours

Total available points: 1600

Here are the most commonly asked questions we get about test prep:

What test should my student take?

To optimize scores, students should prepare for and take either the ACT or SAT, not both. Every college in America now accepts both tests. If you need help deciding which test is best for your child, click here.

When should they begin to prepare for it?

Most students take the ACT or SAT in the spring of their junior year, and, if necessary, in the fall of their senior year. Look at the charts below to see the ideal time to start prep.

ACT Schedule

ACT Test DateIdeal Time to Start Prep
June 11, 2022March 2022
July 16, 2022April 2022
September 10, 2022June 2022
October 22, 2022July 2022
December 10, 2022September 2022

Register for the ACT here.

SAT Schedule

SAT Test DateIdeal Time to Start Prep
June 4, 2022March 2022
August 27, 2022 (anticipated date)May 2022
October 1, 2022 (anticipated date)July 2022
November 5, 2022 (anticipated date)August 2022
December 3, 2022 (anticipated date)September 2022

Register for the SAT here.