ACT and SAT Testing Dates

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A little advanced planning can go a long way when it comes to admission testing.

One of the first steps in designing the most effective test prep plan is to determine a target test date. The November ACT might seem like an ideal time until you realize that it’s the day after Homecoming! Sitting down early to compare the test dates with your personal and school calendar can save you the headache of trying to switch test dates or registration down the line.

Below, we’ve compiled a chronological list of the ACT and SAT test dates for 2017. The tabs show dates for only ACT or SAT. Dates marked with an * are announced or estimated.

Test DateTestRegistrationLate RegistrationMultiple Choice Scores Available
July 14, 2018ACT (Not Offered in CA and NY)June 15, 2018June 22, 2018July 23 - August 6, 2018*
August 25, 2018SAT & Subject TestsJuly 27, 2018August 15, 2018September 18, 2018*
September 8, 2018ACTAug 3, 2018*August 17, 2018*September 18 - October 2, 2018*
October 6, 2018SAT & Subject TestsSeptember 7, 2018September 26, 2018October 19 - 25, 2018*
October 27, 2018ACTSeptember 21, 2018*October 9, 2018*November 13 - 27, 2018*
November 3, 2018SAT & Subject TestsOctober 5, 2018October 24, 2018November 16 - 22, 2018*
December 1, 2018SAT & Subject TestsNovember 2, 2018November 20, 2018December 14 - 20, 2018*
December 8, 2018ACTNovember 2, 2018*November 25, 2018*December 18, 2018 - January 1, 2019*
February 9, 2019ACT (Not Offered in NY)January 11, 2019*January 18, 2019*February 19 - March 5, 2019*
March 9, 2019SATFebruary 8, 2019February 27, 2019March 22 - 28, 2019*
April 13, 2019ACTMarch 8, 2019*March 22, 2019*April 23 - May 7, 2019*
May 4, 2019SAT & Subject TestsApril 5, 2019April 24, 2019May 17 - 23, 2019*
June 1, 2019SAT & Subject TestsMay 3, 2019*May 22, 2019July 10, 2019*
June 8, 2019ACTMay 3, 2019*May 17, 2019*June 18 - July 2, 2019*
July 13, 2019ACT (Not Offered in CA and NY)June 14, 2019*June 21, 2019*July 23 - August 6, 2019*
Test DateTestRegistrationLate RegistrationMultiple Choice Scores Available
August 26, 2017SAT & Subject TestsJuly 28, 2017August 16, 2017September 15, 2017
September 9, 2017ACTAugust 4, 2017August 18, 2017September 19, 2017
October 7, 2017SAT & Subject TestsSeptember 8, 2017September 27, 2017October 20-26, 2017
October 28, 2017ACTSeptember 22, 2017October 6, 2017November 7, 2017
November 4, 2017SAT & Subject TestsOctober 6, 2017October 25, 2017November 17-23, 2017
December 2, 2017SAT & Subject TestsNovember 3, 2017November 22, 2017December 15-21, 2017
December 9, 2017ACTNovember 3, 2017November 17, 2017December 19, 2017
February 10, 2018ACT (Not Offered in NY)January 12, 2018January 19, 2018February 20, 2018
March 10, 2018SATFebruary 9, 2018February 28, 2018March 23-29, 2018
April 14, 2018ACTMarch 9, 2018March 23, 2018April 24, 2018
May 5, 2018SAT & Subject TestsApril 6, 2018April 25, 2018May 18-24, 2018
June 2, 2018SAT & Subject TestsMay 3, 2018May 23, 2018July 11, 2018
June 9, 2018ACTMay 4, 2018May 18, 2018June 19, 2018
July 14, 2018ACT (Not Offered in CA and NY)June 15, 2018June 22, 2018July 24, 2018

Once you’ve selected a target test date, you can start thinking about how far in advance you should begin your preparation. Download our guide to popular prep timelines for more information.

Download Compass Testing Timelines

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Popular testing locations fill up, so savvy families make sure to register for the ACT or SAT early!

To register for the ACT, click here.

To register for the SAT, visit click here.

To register for the SAT Subject Tests, visit click here.

In the table that follows, we compare fees and policies for ACT, SAT, and Subject Tests.

Policy or FeeACTSATSubject Tests
Sunday testing for religious reasonsAvailableAvailableAvailable
Standard Fee$52.50 + $16 for Writing Test$45 + $12 for Essay$26 first test + $20 each additional test ($26 for Listening test)
Late registration Feeadd $27.50add $28add $28
Change test dateadd $24add $28add $28
Change test centeradd $25add $28add $28
Change test typen/aadd $28add $28
Standby/Waitlistadd $51add $46add $46
Included score reports444
Additional reports$12 each$12 each$12 each
Score choiceper test dateper test dateper test subject
Cancel scoresUntil Thursday after testuntil Wednesday after testUntil Wednesday after test
CalculatorNo Alegebra functions; TI-89 and -Nspire CAS not permittedAlgebra functions OK; TI-89 allowedMath Subject Tests only, not permitted on Physics
Essay Verification$40 - Score Verification will confirm the essay was not mis-scanned$55 - Score Verification will confirm the essay was not mis-scannedn/a
Ash Kramer

About Ash Kramer

With a career in test prep and higher education that began in the late 90s, Ash has held a variety of educational roles from tutor to administrator. She is currently a PhD candidate at USC and the Director of Curriculum at Compass, where she is lucky to lead a brilliant team creating the very best learning materials for students and their tutors.

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