ACT & SAT

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 www.actstudent.org/writing/index.html

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 actstudent.org (ACT) or CollegeBoard.com (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.

2020 - 2021 ACT TEST DATES 

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline (late fee)
 Oct 10, 2020 Sept 17, 2020 Sept 25, 2020
 Oct 17, 2020 Sept 17, 2020 Sept 25, 2020
 Oct 24, 2020 Sept 17, 2020 Sept 25, 2020
 Oct 25, 2020 Sept 17, 2020 Sept 25, 2020
 Dec 12, 2020 Nov 6, 2020 Nov 20, 2020
 Feb 6, 2020  Jan 8, 2021 Jan 15, 2021
 April 17, 2021 Mar 12,2021 Mar 26, 2021
 June 12, 2021 May 7, 2021 May 21, 2021
 July 17, 2021 June 18, 2021 June 25, 2021

2020 - 2021 SAT TEST DATES

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline (late fee)
Oct 3, 2020 Sept 4, 2020 Sept 18, 2020
 Nov 7, 2020 Oct 9, 2020 Oct 23, 2020 
 Dec 5, 2020 Nov 6, 2020 Nov 20, 2020
 Mar 13, 2021 Feb 12, 2021 Feb 26, 2021
 May 8, 2021 Apr 9, 2021  Apr 23, 2021
 June 5, 2021 May 7, 2021 May 21, 2021

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

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