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.

ACT vs. SAT

Some important differences between the ACT and SAT:

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

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
Rising 12th graders
Class of 2019
August 25, 2018July 27, 2018April/May 2018
11th/12th graders
Class of 2019/2020
October 6, 2018September 7, 2018June/July 2018
11th/12th graders
Class of 2019/2020
November 3, 2018October 5, 2018July/August 2018
11th graders
Class of 2020
December 1, 2018November 2, 2018August/September 2018
11th graders
Class of 2020
March 9, 2019
February 8, 2019November/December2018
11th graders
Class of 2020
May 4, 2019

April 5, 2019January/February 2019
11th graders
Class of 2020
June 1, 2019May 3, 2019February/March 2019

Register for the SAT here.

ACT Schedule

GradeACT Test DateRegistration DeadlineIdeal Time to Start Prep
11th/12th Graders
Class of 2019/2020
September 8, 2018
August 10, 2018May/June 2018
11th/12th Graders
Class of 2019/2020
October 27, 2018September 28, 2018July/August 2018
11th Graders
Class of 2020
December 8, 2018
November 2, 2018August/September 2018
11th Graders
Class of 2020
February 9, 2019

January 11, 2019October/November 2018
11th Graders
Class of 2020
April 13, 2019
March 8, 2019December 2018/January 2019
11th Graders
Class of 2020
June 8, 2019

May 3, 2019February/March 2019
11th Graders
Class of 2020
July 13, 2019June 14, 2019March/April 2019

Register for the ACT here.