SAT & ACT: College Admissions Testing

Most Colleges/Universities require students to take either the ACT or SAT for admission. 
  • Most schools accept either test. 
  • Colleges want you to send them all of your scores, not just what you consider your best. DO NOT forget to include the writing portion of the tests.

ACT & SAT Fee Waivers​

Juniors and Seniors who receive free or reduced lunch can receive vouchers for two free ACT, SAT and SAT subject tests. Students will also receive additional free score reports and may be eligible for college application fee waivers.

                                Click on ​ACT to Register for the ACT test

Click on SAT to Register for the SAT and SAT subject tests

See changes to the SAT and PSAT.  Click on links below.

The Redesigned SAT and PSAT.pptx


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Test Date

Normal Registration

Late Registration

Online Score Release

Oct 1, 2016

Sep 2, 2016

Sep 16, 2016

Oct 20, 2016

Nov 5, 2016

Oct 7, 2016

Oct 21, 2016

Nov 24, 2016

Dec 3, 2016

Nov 4, 2016

Nov 18, 2016

Dec 22, 2016

Jan 28, 2017

Dec 30, 2016

Jan 13, 2017

Feb 16, 2017

Mar 11, 2017

Feb 10, 2017

Feb 24, 2017

Mar 30, 2017

May 6, 2017

Apr 7, 2017

Apr 21, 2017

May 25, 2017

Jun 3, 2017

May 5, 2017

May 19, 2017

Jun 22, 2017


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Test Date


Late Deadline

Score Release*

Sept 10, 2016

Aug 5, 2016

Aug 19, 2016

Sept 19; Oct 3, 2016

Oct 22, 2016

Sept 16, 2016

Sep 30, 2016

Nov 8; Nov 15, 2016

Dec 10, 2016

Nov 4, 2016

Nov 18, 2016

Dec 21, 2016; Jan 4, 2017

Feb 11, 2017**

Jan 13, 2017

Jan 20, 2017

Feb 21; Feb 28, 2017

Apr 8, 2017

Mar 3, 2017

Mar 17, 2017

Apr 26; May 10, 2017

June 10, 2017

May 5, 2017

May 19, 2017

June 21; June 28, 2017

   * = Refers to Online Score Release. The first date is when multiple choice scores come out and the second one is when complete scores are out.

​Come by the Counseling Office for further information regarding
the ACT and SAT College Exams.


ACT vs SAT: which test is a better fit for your student? Students may take whichever test they prefer (assuming there are available testing locations for both tests). If you’re not sure which test your child would prefer, consider the key differences between the ACT and SAT. Some students find that the ACT caters to their strengths more so than the SAT, and vice versa.

Need a quick side-by-side comparison of the tests?  Check out the ACT vs. SAT Comparison Chart.

content-based test Type of Test content-based test
Reading: 1, 65-min section; Math: 1, 25-min section (no calculator) & 1, 55-min section (w/ calculator); Writing & Langauge: 1, 35-min section; Essay: 1, 50-min section (optional) Test Format English: 1, 45-min section; Math: 1, 60-min section; Reading: 1, 35-min section; Science: 1, 35-min section; Writing: 1, 40-min essay (optional)
reading, relevant words in context, math, grammar & usage, analytical writing (optional) Content Covered grammar & usage, math, reading, science reasoning, and writing (optional)
questions are evidence and context-based in an effort to focus on real-world situations and multi-step problem-solving Test Style straightforward, questions may be long but are usually less difficult to decipher
Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing are each scored on a scale of 200-800. Composite SAT score is the sum of the two section scores and ranged from 400-1600. Scoring English, Math, Reading, and Science scores will each range between 1-36.  Composite ACT score is the average of your scores on the four sections; ranges between 1-36
no – you do not lose points for incorrect answers Penalty for Wrong Answers? no – you do not lose points for incorrect answers
yes – you can choose which set(s) of SAT scores to submit to colleges Score Choice? yes – you can choose which set(s) of ACT scores to submit to colleges
questions increase in difficulty level as you move through that question type in a section (except reading passage questions, which progress chronologically through the passage) Difficulty Levels difficulty level of the questions is random
arithmetic, problem-solving & data analysis, heart of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry; formulas provided. Math Levels arithmetic, algebra I and II, functions, geometry, trigonometry; no formulas are provided
with private schools and schools on the east and west coasts; however, every four-year college in the US accepts SAT scores Tends to be more popular? with public schools and schools in the Midwest and south; however, every four-year college in the US accepts ACT scores
seven times per year: January, March or April, May, June, October, November, December Offered when? six times per year: February, April, June, September, October, December (note that some states offer the ACT as part of their state testing requirements; these tests are not administered on the national test dates)
typically about four weeks before the test date Registration deadline? typically about five to six weeks before the test date
www.collegeboard.com More Information www.act.org


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