Standardized Testing

Academics

Counseling Office

SAT and ACT are both nationally administered standardized test used by colleges to help assess applicants.  Most colleges require applicants provide scores from one of these tests.  Colleges will accept either SAT or ACT scores.  It is recommended that students take one of these tests in the spring of their junior year and again in the fall of senior year if they wish.  In deciding which test to take, please refer to the following chart comparing the two tests:

  SAT ACT
Scoring 400 - 1600
Subscore and Cross-test Scores available
Composite of 1-36 based on average score form the 4 test sections
Subscore and Cross-test Scores available
Timing 3 Hours (+50 minute optional essay) 3 Hours, 25 min (with optional writing test)
Sections Evidence Based Reading and Writing: 200-800
Math: 200-800
Optional Essay (separately scored)
English: 1-36 Reading: 1-36 Math: 1-36 Science: 1-36 Writing test is optional
Guessing Penalty No guessing penalty No penalty for wrong answers

Dates & Registration

*Deadlines expire at midnight, EST 

SAT Date Register-By Date* Late Registration Online Score Release
Mail Phone
Aug 25 July 27 Aug 7 Aug 15 Sept 15 (18 - Essay)
Oct 6 Sept 7 Sept 18 Sept 26 Oct 20 - 26 (31 - Essay)
Nov 3 October 5 Oct 16 Oct 24 Nov 17 - 23 (28 - Essay)
Dec 1 Nov 2 Nov 13 Nov 20 Dec 15 - 21 (26 - Essay)
March 9 Feb 8 Feb 20 Feb 28 March 23 - 29 (April 3 - Essay)
May 4 April 5 April 16 April 24 May 18 - 24 (May 29 - Essay)
June 1 May 3 May 14 May 22 July 11 (11 - Essay)

SAT - Register online at www.collegeboard.com
ACT - Register online at www.act.org

*It is the student's responsibility to send all test scores to colleges and the NCAA

*Please be aware if your colleges require additional subject tests