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ACT and SAT Testing Dates

By July 1, 2020 July 20th, 2020 ACT, College Counseling, SAT, SAT Subject Tests

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 SAT 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. Dates marked with an asterisk (*) are announced or estimated.

Need help registering for one of these test? Click here to learn everything you need to know about registering for the SAT and ACT.

Note for 2020 dates: The April ACT and May and June SAT/Subject Test dates were canceled due to COVID-19. The June and July ACTs were administered, but there were many local cancellations.

** = College Board has added a September date. ACT also added a date in September and two dates in October. Additionally, ACT is allowing all students to register for the non-Saturday testing dates.

Test DateTestRegistration DeadlineLate RegistrationMultiple Choice Scores Available
August 29, 2020SAT & Subject TestsJuly 31, 2020August 18, 2020September 22, 2020*
September 12, 2020ACTAugust 14, 2020August 28, 2020September 22–October 6, 2020*
September 13, 2020**ACTTBDTBDTBD
September 19, 2020**ACTTBDTBDTBD
September 26, 2020**SAT onlyAugust 26, 2020September 15, 2020October 9, 2020*
October 3, 2020SAT & Subject TestsSeptember 4, 2020September 22, 2020October 16–22, 2020*
October 10, 2020**ACTTBDTBDTBD
October 17, 2020**ACTTBDTBDTBD
October 24, 2020ACTSeptember 18, 2020October 2, 2020November 3–17, 2020*
October 25, 2020**ACTTBDTBDTBD
November 7, 2020SAT & Subject TestsOctober 7, 2020October 27, 2020November 20–26, 2020*
December 5, 2020SAT & Subject TestsNovember 5, 2020November 24, 2020December 18–24, 2020*
December 12, 2020ACTNovember 6, 2020November 20, 2020December 22, 2020– January 5, 2021*
February 6, 2021ACT January 8, 2021January 15, 2021February 16–March 1, 2021*
March 13, 2021SAT onlyFebruary 12, 2021March 2, 2021April 1, 2021*
April 10, 2021ACTMarch 12, 2021March 26, 2021April 20–May 4, 2021*
May 8, 2021SAT & Subject TestsApril 8, 2021April 27, 2021May 27, 2021*
June 5, 2021SAT & Subject TestsMay 6, 2021May 26, 2021June 24, 2021*
June 12, 2021ACTMay 7, 2021May 21, 2021June 22–July 6, 2021*
July 17, 2021ACT (Not Offered in NY)June 18, 2021June 25, 2021July 27–August 10, 2021*
Test DateTestRegistrationLate RegistrationMultiple Choice Scores Available
August 24, 2019SAT & Subject TestsJuly 26, 2019August 13, 2019September 6, 2019
September 14, 2019ACTAugust 16, 2019August 30, 2019September 24– November 8, 2019
October 5, 2019SAT & Subject TestsSeptember 6, 2019September 24, 2019October 18–24, 2019
October 26, 2019ACTSeptember 20, 2019October 4, 2019November 12–December 30, 2019
November 2, 2019SAT & Subject TestsOctober 3, 2019October 22, 2019November 15–21, 2019
December 7, 2019SAT & Subject TestsNovember 8, 2019November 26, 2019December 20–26, 2019
December 14, 2019ACTNovember 8, 2019November 22, 2019December 26, 2019– February 7, 2020
February 8, 2020ACT January 10, 2020January 17, 2020February 25–
April 3, 2020
March 14, 2020SATFebruary 14, 2020March 3, 2020March 27–April 2, 2020
April 4, 2020ACTFebruary 28, 2020March 13, 2020April 14–May 29, 2020
May 2, 2020SAT & Subject TestsApril 3, 2020April 21, 2020May 15–21, 2020
June 6, 2020SAT & Subject TestsMay 8, 2020May 27, 2020July 15, 2020
June 13, 2020ACTMay 8, 2020May 22, 2020June 23–August 7, 2020
July 18, 2020ACT (Not Offered in NY)June 19, 2020June 26, 2020July 28–August 31, 2020

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

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, click here.

To register for the SAT Subject Tests, 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 + $16 for Writing Test$49.50 + $15 for Essay$26 base, $26 per Listening test, $22 per non-listening test
Late registration Feeadd $30add $30add $30
Change test dateadd $32add $30add $30
Change test centeradd $32add $30add $30
Change test typen/aadd $30add $30
Standby/Waitlistadd $55add $53add $53
Included score reports444
Additional reports$13 each$12 each$12 each
Score choiceper test dateper test dateper test subject
Cancel scoresUntil Thursday after testUntil Thursday after testUntil Thursday 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$50—for multiple choice; $40 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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