ACT and SAT - The ACT and the SAT Reasoning Test are college admission tests. One of the most common questions we hear is “Which test should I take”? Our answer, in general, is that colleges accept either score. Students at East Ridge have been exposed to ACT practice tests in 8th grade (EXPLORE), 10th grade (pre-ACT), 11th Grade (practice-ACT) and therefore are more familiar with the ACT test format. A student who took the PSAT has also had exposure to a practice SAT test. Since the ACT and SAT tests are different, sometimes a student will find that s/he has a preference. However, there is no need to take both tests.

The ACT is subdivided into subject tests with an optional writing test. To find out which colleges and universities are requiring the writing exam for admission, go to

Some colleges may require, in addition to other test scores, that the student take the SAT Subject tests.

For more information or to register for one of these tests, go to (ACT) or (SAT).

The next question is, “When should I take it?” The optimal time to take the test is the latter part of your junior year. Therefore, April and June are the most popular test dates and it pays to register early in order to get your first choice of location.

If a student has an IEP or 504 Plan which may allow for extended time or other accommodations, see your counselor early in the school year. There is a separate application for Special Testing, which requires more documentation and time to complete.


Test Date   Registration Deadline   Late Registration Deadline (late fee)
October 27, 2018 September 28, 2018 September 29-October 14, 2018
December 8, 2018 November 2, 2018 November 3-19, 2018
February 9, 2019 January 11, 2019 January 12-18, 2019
April 13, 2019 March 8, 2019 March 9-25, 2019
June 8, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 4-20, 2019
July 13, 2019 June 14, 2019 June 15-24, 2019



Test Date  Registration  Deadline Late Registration Deadline (late fee)
October 6, 2018 September 7, 2018 September 18-26, 2018
November 3, 2018 October 5, 2018 October 16-24, 2018
December 1, 2018 November 2, 2018 November 13-20, 2018
May 4, 2019 April 5, 2019 April  16-24, 2019
June 1, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 14-22, 2019



POWERSCORE - Includes a chart showing hundreds of colleges' average SAT and ACT scores of incoming freshman.


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ACT College Readiness Benchmarks