The SAT and ACT are entrance exams used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The SAT and ACT are used to provide colleges with one common criterion that can be used to compare all applicants. Your SAT or ACT score is considered to be an important factor in the college admissions process.   In their 2015 State of College Admissions Report, the National Association of College Admission Counseling  found the top four areas that colleges place considerable importance to be:

  • 79.2%     College Prep Courses
  • 60.3%     Grades in all Courses
  • 60.2%     Strength of Curriculum
  • 55.7%    SAT or ACT Scores


The SAT is offered nationally in August, October, November, December, March, May and June for 2017-2018.

Beginning in March of 2016, the SAT will have a redesigned format.  Some of the more significant changes include:

  • Return to a top score of 1600
  • No penalty for wrong answers
  • Fewer choices
  • More time for each section
  • No more obscure vocabulary
  • Increased use of graphs and charts
  • Use of texts that are more similar to those you’ve seen at school
  • Reading section focuses on evidence
  • Revamped essay section: Not part of the writing score and optional

2017-2018 SAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

Test Date                                Registration Deadline

August 26, 2017                   July 28, 2017

October 7, 2017                   September 8, 2017

November 4, 2017              October 5, 2017

December 2, 2017               November 14, 2017

March 10, 2018                   February 9, 2018

May 5, 2018                         April 6, 2018

June 2, 2018                        May 3, 2018

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ACT assessment measures high school students’ general educational development and their capability to complete college-level work with the multiple choice tests covering four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The optional Writing Test measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.  A Composite score, all four areas averaged, of 36 is the highest score on the ACT test.  Colleges accept SAT and ACT scores but may vary on the emphasis given for either test.  Make sure to check the colleges you are interested in for complete and accurate information.

2017-2018 ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

Test Date                               Registration Deadline

September 9, 2017              August 4, 2017

October 28, 2017                September 22, 2017

December 9, 2017              November 3, 2017

February 10, 2018              January 12, 2018

April 14, 2018                      March 9, 2018

June 9, 2018                        May 4, 2018

July 14, 2018                        June 15, 2018

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