02 Feb SAT and ACT Timeline
The SAT and ACT are standardized tests that are commonly used for college admissions in the United States. Both tests are designed to assess a student’s knowledge and skills in math, reading, and grammar (the ACT science section is primarily a reading test). If you’re planning to apply to college, it’s important to understand the timelines for taking these exams and how they can impact your college application process.
Both tests are typically offered seven times a year on Saturday mornings. Most students take the SAT or ACT during their junior and/or senior year of high school. Some students choose to start the process earlier. Planning to take the test several times or more can be strategic.
It’s important to plan ahead and register for the test well in advance of the test date. Registration deadlines and availability of test dates can vary, so it’s a good idea to check the SAT or ACT website for the most up-to-date information. It’s also a good idea to register early to avoid possibly having to travel a distance on test day.
Once you’ve taken the test, it typically takes two to three weeks to receive your scores. If you’re applying to college early decision or early action, you’ll need to have your scores back in time to meet the application deadline.
In summary, the timeline for taking the SAT or ACT typically involves registering for the test several months in advance, taking the test during your junior or senior year of high school, and receiving your scores a few weeks later. By understanding and planning for these timelines, you can ensure that you’re able to take the test and have your scores back in time for your college applications. Again it may be strategic for you to plan to take the test multiple times.