SAT/ACT Information and Registration

 

OVERVIEW

  • All colleges and universities in the United States accept either the ACT or SAT and have no preference for one over the other.
  • CDS recommends that students undertake some form of formal preparation for the ACT or SAT, either through a class or one-on-one tutoring.
  • 1,600 colleges and universities require either the ACT or SAT.
  • Over 950 colleges and universities are test-optional and do not require standardized testing to be submitted (see colleges and universities by clicking on link): http://fairtest.org/university/optional
  • Under 25 colleges and universities require/mandate SAT Subject Tests for students submitting the SAT (think Ivy League and/or the equivalent). Some of these schools do not require Subject Tests if students submit the ACT instead of the SAT.
  • SAT/ACT: Highlights and Comparisons

TIMELINE

  • Students should take their first standardized test between December-February of Junior year
  • The majority of students will need to take standardized testing a second time and should plan to do so between March-June of Junior year.
  • For those students who wish to take standardized testing three or more times, there are additional opportunities in the fall of Senior year.
  • Students who plan to take Subject Tests should plan to do so in May or June after the conclusion of relevant/parallel classes.

REGISTRATION AND SCORES

  • Students do not need to register for the PSAT. CDS will register all students and the test will be taken during regular school hours.
  • Students do need to register for the ACT, SAT, and Subject Tests.  They may make an appointment with College Counseling if they would like assistance.
  • Students should request the Question and Answer service (SAT) when registering, if available. This information will be useful in preparing for future exams.
  • Students are responsible for sending their scores to colleges in advance of deadlines. Students may make an appointment with College Counseling if they would like assistance.

PRACTICE TESTS

  • Students will take a practice version of the SAT (called the PSAT) during the fall of Grades 9, 10, and 11.
  • The goal of the practice exams is to expose students to the format of the exam and get them used to testing/timing conditions.
  • The practice exam scores can also be used to assess whether a student is a better candidate for the ACT or the SAT.
  • In Grade 11, PSAT scores are used to determine National Merit (NMSQT) status.

SUBJECT TESTS

  • Students who have performed well in an Honors or IB level course should consider taking the corresponding Subject Test.
  • While the majority of schools do not require Subject Tests, high scores on these exams can add value in the application process.

2018-2019 SAT DATES

SAT DATEREGISTRATION DEADLINELATE REGISTRATION DATESAT SUBJECT TEST AVAILABLE ON THIS DATE

June 2, 2018

August 25, 2018

October 6, 2018 *

November 3, 2018

December 1, 2018

March 9, 2019 *

May 4, 2019 *

June 1, 2019

May 3, 2018

July 27, 2018

September 7, 2018

October 5, 2018

November 2, 2018

February 8, 2019

April 5, 2019

May 3, 2019

May 24, 2018

August 15, 2018

September 26, 2018

October 24, 2018

November 20, 2018

February 27, 2019

April 24, 2019

May 22, 2019

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*SAT Question-and-Answer Service Available

2018-2019 ACT DATES

TEST DATE REGISTRATION DEADLINE LATE REGISTRATION DEADLINE

June 9, 2018 *

July 14, 2018

September 8, 2018

October 27, 2018

December 8, 2018 *

February 9, 2019

April 13, 2019 *

June 8, 2019 *

July 13, 2019

May 4, 2018

June 15, 2018

August 12, 2018

September 28, 2018

November 2, 2018

January 11, 2019

March 8, 2019

May 3, 2019

June 14, 2019

May 20, 2018

June 22, 2018

August 26, 2018

October 14, 2018

November 19, 2018

January 18, 2019

March 25, 2019

May 20, 2019

June 24, 2019

* ACT Test Information Release (TIR) Available

HELPFUL LINKS AND SITES

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