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When Should I Take the ACT / SAT?

We've prepared a full page of information the best time to take your ACT or SAT test. If you're wondering what the best schedule for your exams is, make sure you get in touch and review the best test prep timeline!


First up: get at least a full round of testing in by the end of your junior year.

Most students take the PSAT in the spring of sophomore year or fall of junior. By the end of junior year (so, May) you should have sat for the ACT, AP tests, and/or the SAT. You can retake any test in the fall / winter of senior year.

You will most likely want to take your entrance exam (SAT or ACT) THREE TIMES: spring junior, fall senior x 2.

The test dates for the SAT are here.

The test dates for the ACT are here.

Which test? We generally recommend the ACT. You don't need both. However, this is highly subjective to each student so we recommend getting in touch with us.


From here, you have a few options.


Junior Year

  • PSAT in October

  • SAT or ACT in March, May, or June

Senior Year

  • SAT or ACT in September, October, November, or December ...TWICE!

OR


Junior Year

  • PSAT in October

  • SAT or ACT in March

  • SAT or ACT in June/July

  • AP Exams in May

Senior Year

  • SAT or ACT in September, October, November, or December ...TWICE!


You can take these exams many times -- we really only recommend doing it three times. By then, your score should be pretty reflective of your performance.


Remember: the ACT comes with super scoring, which can really help your score if your school accepts it.


So as we start looking at test dates for the fall, make sure you're ready and on the right timetable. If you're looking for an SAT or ACT test prep tutor, drop us a line!

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