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SAT and ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

Wed, Nov 16, 2016 @ 11:05 AM

newsletter - decoding sat scores.jpgHere’s When You Can Take the SAT and ACT

 

Taking the SAT or ACT is a big element of the college admissions journey for many students, and it’s important for students and parents to know when the exams are offered, when to register, and how much it costs.

Here are SAT and ACT test dates for 2016-17 and registration deadlines.

SAT Test Dates & Deadlines [2016-2017]

Test Date

SAT Registration Deadline $45/$57

(w/ essay)

Late Registration Deadline

+$28

October 1, 2016

September 1, 2016

September 20, 2016

November 5, 2016

October 7, 2016

October 25, 2016

December 3, 2016

November 3, 2016

November 22, 2016

January 21, 2017

December 21, 2016

January 10, 2017

March 11, 2017

February 10, 2017

February 28, 2017

May 6, 2017

April 7, 2017

April 25, 2017

June 3, 2017

May 9, 2017

May 24, 2017

 

ACT Test Dates & Deadlines [2016-2017]

Test Date

ACT Registration Deadline $42.50/$58.50

(w/ writing)

Late Registration Deadline +$27.50

September 10, 2016

August 5, 2016

August 19, 2016

October 22, 2016

September 16, 2016

September 30, 2016

December 10, 2016

November 4, 2016

November 18, 2016

February 11, 2017*

January 13, 2017

January 20, 2017

April 8, 2017

March 3, 2017

March 17, 2017

June 10, 2017

May 5, 2017

May 19, 2017

 *No New York test centers scheduled.

Should You Take the SAT or the ACT?

One of the first decisions students need to make when preparing for college is whether to take the SAT or the ACT. At IvyWise, we advise students to choose the test that’s best suited for their abilities, and prepare for that one, rather than preparing for both. So how do you know which test is best for you? First, learn the differences, and similarities, between the two, then take a diagnostic of each.

 

SAT

ACT

Sections

Math, Reading, Writing, Optional Essay (Science passages embedded in all sections.)

English, Math, Reading, Science, Optional Essay

Time

3 hours, +50 minutes with essay

2 hours 55 min, +30 minutes with essay

Answering

4 answer options, no point deduction

4 answer options, no point deduction

Scoring

Out of 1600 - 800 math, 800 reading/writing

Out of 36 - 36 per section that is then averaged for composite; Essay scored separately on a 2-12 scale

Math Section

Two sections: One calculator allowed, one no calculator; 80 minutes; Less geometry, more algebra, pre-calculus & trigonometry added

One 60-question, 60-minute section. Tests pre-algebra through trigonometry. Calculator allowed entire time.

 

Reading Section

5 passages, 2 with charts/diagrams, 1 historic document

4 long passages with questions that require students to recall what they read. Questions in random order.

Science Section

No science section, however science-related passages will be peppered throughout the exam.

Science section covers reasoning, charts and graphs, and hypothesis.

Writing

4 passages and 44 multiple-choice questions; 35 minutes

Just the essay.

Essay

1 prompt and one full passage; 50 minutes; essay is optional

One topic and three perspectives; students evaluate and provide their own perspective with evidence; 40 minutes; essay is optional

 

Here are some more test prep tips for students preparing for the ACT or SAT.

Learn more about the SAT and ACT and how college entrance exam scores affect admission chances by downloading our free College Admissions Guide.

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