Fall Test Dates for Rising Seniors

By July 28, 2017 June 28th, 2018 ACT, For Students, SAT, SAT Subject Tests

We know that for many rising seniors, it feels like summer has just begun. But fall is coming quickly, and with only a month of vacation left, it may be time to start thinking about admission testing if you aren’t already on a path of test prep.

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.

A recap of which test dates are still available for rising seniors may help you solidify your test prep plans:


August 26

We’ve passed the regular registration deadline, but you still have a couple of weeks for late registration (August 15 is the cut-off). This test is ideal for rising seniors who have been preparing over the summer or feel that they can dedicate real time over the next month to prepare.

If you’re already signed up for this test date but aren’t sure if you’ll be ready, it may be worth working with a tutor or taking a practice test to see where you stand. Many schools superscore and you never know what might come up at a future test date (click for our list of super score and score choice college policies).

If you’re applying under Early Decision or Early Action and you have not yet taken a test, we strongly encourage you to take the August 26 test so you can retake in October if necessary.

Spaces are filling fast! If you’re interested in an August SAT, sign up now! 

October 7

This may be your last opportunity to test, review, and submit your scores before the November 1 Early Decision and Early Action application deadlines. Note that some colleges will accept November (or even later) scores as an addendum to your completed early application, but you will need to check on the specific policies at the schools of your choice.

October is a great time for retaking the SAT or filling in any necessary Subject Tests (click for our list of college Subject Tests requirements and recommendations). Please note that this date offers a limited number of subjects: Literature, U.S. History, Mathematics Level 1 and 2, Biology E/M, Chemistry, Physics, Spanish, and French.

While many testing locations are available for the October test, popular ones can still fill up, so it’s always a good idea to register as soon as possible.

November 4

November can work as an opportunity to retake the SAT or Subject Test for seniors applying under regular application conditions with January deadlines.

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

December 2

The beginning of December is the last opportunity you will have to take the test and send results to schools in time for deadlines.

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


September 9

September is a very popular fall test date. If you’re applying early to schools, the September ACT will ensure that your scores arrive in time.

Students also like this date because they’re back in school and refocused on academics, but they’re not so deep in the school year that they’re overwhelmed by school work. The registration deadline is August 4, with late registration cutting off on August 18, so if you’re thinking of the September test but haven’t yet registered, you may want to sign up soon!

October 28

The October ACT is a great option for retaking the ACT, especially for regular decision applications. If you are applying early, you may be able to send October scores, depending on the school’s policies, but you may not be able to review those scores in advance.

December 9

This is your last chance for ACT retakes prior to standard admission deadlines. This could be an opportunity to focus on a stubborn section to bring up your overall composite. But by now, you should have at least one score already in the bank.


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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