Best SAT and ACT Test Dates for Seniors

By July 29, 2019 July 13th, 2020 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, you may be asking questions like “When should seniors take the ACT?” or “When do I need to take the SAT for Early Action or Early Decision?”

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 juniors.


August 24, 2019

Registration Deadline: July 26, 2019 | Late Registration Deadline: August 13, 2019
Scores Available: September 6, 2019

We’ve passed the regular registration deadline, but you still have a couple of weeks for late registration. 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 24 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 5, 2019

Registration Deadline: September 6, 2019 | Late Registration Deadline: September 24, 2019
Scores Available: October 18 – 24, 2019

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 2, 2019

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

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 7, 2019

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

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 14, 2019

Registration Deadline: August 16, 2019 | Late Registration Deadline: August 30, 2019
Scores Available: September 24 – October 8, 2019

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 16, with late registration cutting off on August 30, so if you’re thinking of the September test but haven’t yet registered, you may want to sign up soon!

October 26, 2019

Registration Deadline: September 20, 2019 | Late Registration Deadline: October 4, 2019
Scores Available: November 14 – 26, 2019

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 14, 2019

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

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.


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 - October 8, 2019
October 5, 2019SAT & Subject TestsSeptember 6, 2019September 24, 2019October 18 - 24, 2019
October 26, 2019ACTSeptember 20, 2019October 4, 2019November 14 - 26, 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 24, 2019 - January 7, 2020

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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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