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ACT and SAT Testing Dates

By August 7, 2020 August 3rd, 2021 ACT, College Counseling, SAT, SAT Subject Tests

On January 19th, 2021, College Board announced that they will no longer administer the SAT Subject Tests in the U.S. and that the Essay would be retired. Read our blog post to understand what this means in the near term and what the College Board has in store for students down the road. We have removed Subject Test dates and fees from the tables, but students will find helpful information about taking the ACT and the SAT (without essay) below.

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.

Test DateTestRegistration DeadlineLate RegistrationMultiple Choice Scores Available
August 28, 2021SATJuly 30, 2021August 17, 2021September 20, 2021*
September 11, 2021ACTAugust 6, 2021August 20, 2021September 24–November 3, 2021*
October 2, 2021SATSeptember 3, 2021September 21, 2021October 15, 2021*
October 23, 2021ACTSeptember 17, 2021October 1, 2021November 5–December 17, 2021*
November 6, 2021SATOctober 8, 2021October 26, 2021November 19, 2021*
December 4, 2021SATNovember 4, 2021November 23, 2021December 17, 2021*
December 11, 2021ACTNovember 5, 2021November 19, 2021December 24, 2021– February 4, 2022*
February 12, 2022ACT January 7, 2022January 21, 2022February 25–April 8, 2022*
March 12, 2022SATFebruary 11, 2022March 1, 2022March 25, 2022*
April 2, 2022ACTFebruary 25, 2022March 11, 2022April 15–May 28, 2022*
May 7, 2022SATApril 8, 2022April 26, 2022May 20, 2022*
June 4, 2022SATMay 5, 2022May 25, 2022June 13, 2022*
June 11, 2022ACTMay 6, 2022May 20, 2022June 24–August 5, 2022*
July 16, 2022ACT (Not Offered in NY)June 17, 2022June 24, 2022July 29–August 29, 2022*
Test DateTestRegistration DeadlineLate RegistrationMultiple Choice Scores Available
August 29, 2020SAT & Subject TestsJuly 31, 2020August 18, 2020September 21, 2020
September 12, 2020ACTAugust 14, 2020August 28, 2020September 25–November 4, 2020
September 13, 2020**ACTAugust 14, 2020August 28, 2020September 25–November 4, 2020
September 19, 2020**ACTAugust 14, 2020August 28, 2020October 2–November 13, 2020
September 26, 2020**SAT onlyAugust 26, 2020September 15, 2020October 9, 2020
October 3, 2020SAT & Subject TestsSeptember 4, 2020September 22, 2020October 16, 2020
October 10, 2020**ACTSeptember 17, 2020September 25, 2020October 23–December 4, 2020
October 17, 2020**ACTSeptember 17, 2020September 25, 2020October 30–December 11, 2020
October 24, 2020ACTSeptember 17, 2020September 25, 2020November 6–December 18, 2020
October 25, 2020**ACTSeptember 17, 2020September 25, 2020November 6–December 18, 2020
November 7, 2020SAT & Subject TestsOctober 7, 2020October 27, 2020November 20, 2020
December 5, 2020SAT & Subject TestsNovember 5, 2020November 24, 2020December 18, 2020
December 12, 2020ACTNovember 6, 2020November 20, 2020December 25, 2020– February 5, 2021
February 6, 2021ACT January 8, 2021January 15, 2021February 19–April 2, 2021
March 13, 2021SATFebruary 12, 2021March 2, 2021March 26, 2021
April 17, 2021ACTMarch 12, 2021March 26, 2021April 30–June 12, 2021
May 8, 2021SATApril 8, 2021April 27, 2021May 21, 2021
June 5, 2021SATMay 6, 2021May 26, 2021June 14, 2021
June 12, 2021ACTMay 7, 2021May 21, 2021June 25–August 6, 2021
July 17, 2021ACT (Not Offered in NY)June 18, 2021June 25, 2021July 30–August 30, 2021

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.

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

Policy or FeeACTSAT
Sunday testing for religious reasonsAvailableAvailable
Standard Fee$60 + $20 for Writing Test$55
Late registration Feeadd $35add $30
Change test dateadd $35add $25
Change test centeradd $35add $25
Standby/Waitlistadd $56add $53
Included score reports44
Additional reports$15 each$12 each
Score choiceper test dateper test date
Cancel scoresUntil Thursday after testUntil Thursday after test
CalculatorNo Alegebra functions; TI-89 and -Nspire CAS not permittedAlgebra functions OK; TI-89 allowed
Essay Verification$50 for multiple choice; $40 will confirm the essay was not mis-scanned$55 to hand score the multiple choice
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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