The 2018-2019 school year is near, and many students are preparing to take the ACT and SAT. Part of that preparation means giving yourself adequate time to register and study for the test while leaving enough time to complete applications for college and scholarships. Below are the national dates for both the ACT and SAT in the U.S.
|ACT Date||Registration Deadline||Late Registration||Scores Available|
|September 8, 2018||August 3, 2018||August 17, 2018||September 18, 2018; October 2, 2018|
|October 27, 2018||September 21, 2018||October 5, 2018||November 6, 2018; November 20, 2018|
|December 8, 2018||November 2, 2018||November 16, 2018||December 18, 2018; January 1, 2019|
|February 9, 2019||January 4, 2019||January 18, 2019||February 19, 2019; March 5, 2019|
|April 13, 2019||March 8, 2019||March 22, 2019||April 23, 2019; May 7, 2019|
|June 8, 2019||May 3, 2019||May 17, 2019||June 18, 2019; July 2, 2019|
|July 13, 2019||June 14, 2019||June 21, 2019||July 23, 2019; August 6, 2019|
|SAT Date||Registration Deadline||Late Registration||Scores Available|
|August 25, 2018||July 27, 2018||August 7, 2018 (mailed)|
August 15, 2018 (online or phone)
|September 14, 2018|
|October 6, 2018||September 7, 2018||September 18, 2018 (mailed);|
September 26, 2018 (online or phone)
|October 26, 2018|
|November 3, 2018||October 5, 2018||October 16, 2018 (mailed);|
October 24, 2018 (online or phone)
|November 23, 2019|
|December 1, 2018||November 2, 2018||November 13, 2018 (mailed);|
November 20, 2018 (online or phone)
|December 21. 2019|
|March 9, 2019||February 8, 2019||February 19, 2019 (mailed);|
February 27, 2019 (online or phone)
|March 29, 2019|
|May 4, 2019||April 5, 2019||April 16, 2019 (mailed);|
April 24, 2019 (online or phone)
|May 24, 2019|
|June 1, 2019||May 3, 2019||May 14, 2019 (mailed);|
May 22, 2019 (online or phone)
|June 21, 2019|
Are the tables above accurate?
We pull the information for these test dates from a variety of sources, including from the ACT and CollegeBoard (the makers of the SAT) when available. Sometimes we pull information from unofficial sources to help with our predictions. This is especially true with score report dates as this information is not always listed on the official sites, and there may always be some variation between when the listed time and when you actually receive your scores. Generally, it takes 2-3 weeks after you take the test. Keep in mind that all dates may be subject to change as the year progresses.
When should I take the ACT/SAT?
For best results, plan to take the ACT or SAT multiple times as many students see their scores increase over time. We recommend taking the test(s) at least 2-3 times, taking your first exam no later than the spring semester of your junior year. This gives you plenty of time to study and improve if your first score is less than desirable. If you are planning to apply to schools for early decision; however, you should start earlier – possibly as early as the summer before junior year.
How many times should I take the ACT/SAT?
How many times you take the ACT/SAT depends on if your initial score meets your expectations. We recommend thinking hard about whichever colleges interest you the most and looking at the average scores of the students they accept. That will give you a good benchmark to weigh your score against and will help you decide whether you need to improve your score. Most students want to improve their scores after they take the test for the first time, so plan on taking one or both at least twice.
How long should I study for the ACT/SAT?
For best results, we suggest taking at least 2 months (preferably longer) between tests to go over study material and review concepts. Keep in mind that it takes 2-3 weeks to get scores back from the ACT/College Board, so if you want to use those scores (or the previous questions and answer keys) to help you study, plan for longer. If you’re taking tests back to back, your scores probably won’t improve by much.
Do I need a tutor for the ACT/SAT?
If you’re not satisfied with your scores and you find that your scores are not improving, especially after months of studying, you likely need some help. There are a variety of ways tutors can help students studying for the test. Tutors can help students review the essential information, concepts, and formulas they need for the test; review test-taking strategies; and/or show you how to use your time efficiently to get that coveted perfect score.
If you need a tutor, give us a call. We have helped students with all the situations above, and our students see significant increases in their scores after roughly 8 sessions (8 hours) with one of our tutors.
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