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Best SAT and ACT Dates for Juniors

By August 30, 2019 September 20th, 2019 ACT, For Students, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, Test Prep

Welcome to Junior Year. The homework is harder, and there’s more of it. You’ve got a bigger role in the school play, or made the varsity soccer team, or both, and you’re excited—but also pretty overwhelmed. And just when you’re getting the hang of juggling your expanding commitments, yet another one gets tossed into the mix: preparing for college admissions tests.

If you are looking for help preparing to test, please be sure to contact our directors and sign up for a practice test. This time of year, our practice test sessions and tutor schedules fill up quickly.

Below is a recap of our best test dates for juniors, which may help you solidify your test prep plans; view a summary table of these dates and deadlines at the bottom of this post. Click here for a full list of test dates during the 2019–2020 school year and here to view our best dates for seniors.

SAT & SAT SUBJECT TESTS

November 2, 2019

Registration Deadline: October 3, 2019 | Late Registration Deadline: October 22, 2019
Scores Available: November 15–21, 2019

For juniors who began prep work in the summer months and have shown strong and steady improvements on practice tests, November is a great opportunity to take the SAT or Subject Tests. Juniors sitting for this exam date should consider this a first attempt, with plans to retest in the spring.

Of the fall test dates, only November offers the language with listening SAT Subject Tests.

If you’re interested in the November SAT, be sure to sign up now!

December 7, 2019

Registration Deadline: November 8, 2019 | Late Registration Deadline: November 26, 2019
Scores Available: December 20–26, 2019

If scores are not moving enough and more preparation and time are warranted, the first official sitting can be pushed to December. 

December is also your only chance to take the Latin Subject Test in the fall.

March 14, 2020

Registration Deadline: February 14, 2020 | Late Registration Deadline: March 3, 2020
Scores Available: March 27–April 2, 2020

SAT students typically complete a second test in March of 11th grade after revisiting preparation in the winter. 

*Note: there are no Subject Tests offered on the March testing date.

May 2, 2020

Registration Deadline: April 3, 2020 | Late Registration Deadline: April 21, 2020
Scores Available: May 15–21, 2020

If practice test results are deflated relative to students’ expectations, students may delay a second attempt until May. Be aware that May is also the time for AP exams, so if you are taking many AP classes, it may be better to wait until June so you aren’t stacking too much test preparation together. However, May could be a great date to take SAT Subject Tests as there is a lot of overlap between Subject Test and AP exam preparation. Of the spring test dates, only May offers the language with listening tests.

June 6, 2020

Registration Deadline: May 8, 2020 | Late Registration Deadline: May 27, 2020
Scores Available: July 15, 2020

June can work as an opportunity to retake the SAT or Subject Test for juniors who did not see the improvements they wished by May, or who were too busy with AP exams to finish preparation.

June is your only chance for the year to take the German (without listening), Italian, and Modern Hebrew SAT Subject Tests. It’s also the only spring date that offers Latin.

ACT

December 14, 2019

Registration Deadline: November 8, 2019 | Late Registration Deadline: November 22, 2019
Scores Available: December 24, 2019–January 7, 2020

Juniors will often take their first ACT in December after beginning preparation in the summer months. If practice tests indicate a meaningful increase in scores, students can confidently sit for this exam. Students should consider the December ACT a first attempt, with plans to retest in the spring.

If you’re interested in the December ACT, sign up early!

February 8, 2020

Registration Deadline: January 10, 2020 | Late Registration Deadline: January 17, 2020
Scores Available: February 19–March 4, 2020

For students who got a bit of a late start preparing, or for those who did not see the desired improvement on practice tests, the first official sitting can be tabled until February.

April 4, 2020

Registration Deadline: February 28, 2020 | Late Registration Deadline: March 13, 2020
Scores Available: April 14–28, 2020

After revisiting test prep through the winter and early spring, juniors may find April to be a great opportunity for a second sitting.

This test date is also good for completing ACT testing and still having ample time to prepare for the AP exams in early May.

June 13, 2020

Registration Deadline: May 8, 2020 | Late Registration Deadline: May 22, 2020
Scores Available: June 23–July 7, 2020

June can work as an opportunity to retake the ACT for juniors who did not see the improvements they wished by April. For most students, this test date occurs near or after the end of the school year, when their workloads are winding down.

 

Test DateTestRegistrationLate RegistrationMultiple Choice Scores Available
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 24, 2019–January 7, 2020
February 8, 2020ACT January 10, 2020January 17, 2020February 19–March 4, 2020
March 14, 2020SATFebruary 14, 2020March 3, 2020March 27–April 2, 2020
April 4, 2020ACTFebruary 28, 2020March 13, 2020April 14–28, 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–July 7, 2020

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