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
December 10, 2022September 2022
February 11, 2023November 2022
April 15, 2023January 2023
June 10, 2023March 2023
July 15, 2023April 2023

Register for the ACT here.

SAT Schedule

SAT Test DateIdeal Time to Start Prep
December 3, 2022September 2022
March 11, 2023December 2022
May 6, 2023February 2023
June 3, 2023March 2023

Register for the SAT here.