2021-22 Dates for SAT
2021-22 Dates for ACT
Frequently asked questions about standardized testing:
Q: How does my teen know which test is right for him or her?
A: Our recommendation is to take a practice test for the SAT and ACT in the summer between sophomore and junior year. The results can help your teen determine which best suits his or her learning style. Most test prep companies, tutors and high school College and Career Centers offer free diagnostic tests.
Q: Does my teen need to take both the SAT and ACT?
A: No. In general colleges accept either test. It is best to confirm this by checking the individual college admission requirements.
Q: When should my teen take these tests?
A: Carefully examine your teen's academic and extracurricular schedule and select test dates during the Junior year that present the least amount of conflict. If students would like to retake a test, they should do so during the fall of senior year.
Q: What does "test blind" mean?
A: If a college has a "test blind" admission policy this means that test scores are not considered when evaluating an applicant's application.
Q: What does "test optional" mean?
A: If a college has a "test optional" admission policy this means that an applicant can choose if they would like their test scores to be considered as part of their completed application. Strong test scores will always enhance an application so we recommend that students prepare and TRY a standardized test at least once. In the absence of test scores colleges will look more closely at other parts of the application (transcript, rigor, activities, letters of recommendation.)