Standardized Testing

All juniors are given a college counseling seminar on standardized testing for college which includes a lesson on the difference between the two tests.

In deciding which test to take, please refer to the following chart comparing the two tests:

SAT
  • Scoring: 400 - 1600 - Subscore and Cross-test Scores available
  • Timing3 Hours (+50 minute optional essay)
  • SectionsEvidence Based Reading and Writing: 200-800, Math: 200-800, Optional Essay (separately scored)
  • Guessing PenaltyNo guessing penalty

ACT
  • ScoringComposite of 1-36 based on average score form the 4 test sections, Subscore and Cross-test Scores available
  • Timing3 Hours, 25 min (with optional writing test)
  • SectionsEnglish: 1-36 Reading: 1-36 Math: 1-36 Science: 1-36 Writing test is optional
  • Guessing PenaltyNo penalty for wrong answers


Dates & Registration
*Deadlines expire at 11:59PM EST

August 29 (SAT)
  • Register-By-Date*: July 31
  • Late Registration: Aug 18
September 12th (ACT)
  • Register-By-Date*: Aug 14
  • Late Registration: Sept 28
September 26th (SAT)
  • Register-By-Date*: Aug 26
  • Late Registration: Sept 15
October 3 (SAT)
  • Register-By-Date*: Sept 4
  • Late Registration: Sept 15
October 24 (ACT)
  • Register-By-Date*: Sept 18
  • Late Registration: Oct 2
November 7 (SAT)
  • Register-By-Date*: Oct 7
  • Late Registration: Oct 27
December 5 (SAT)
  • Register-By-Date*: Nov 5
  • Late Registration: Nov 24
December 12 (ACT)
  • Register-By-Date*: Nov 6
  • Late Registration: Nov 20
February 6 2021 (ACT)
  • Register-By-Date*: Jan 8
  • Late Registration: Jan 15
March 13 2021 (SAT)
  • Register-By-Date*: Feb 12
  • Late Registration: Mar 2
April 17 2021 (ACT)
  • Register-By-Date*: Mar 12
  • Late Registration: Mar 26
May 8 2021 (SAT)
  • Register-By-Date*: Apr 8
  • Late Registration: Apr 27
June 5 2021 (SAT)
  • Register-By-Date*: May 6
  • Late Registration: May 26
June 12 2021 (ACT)
  • Register-By-Date*: May 7
  • Late Registration: May 21
July 17 2021 (ACT)
  • Register-By-Date*: Jun 18
  • Late Registration: Jun 25
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
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