Sorry to be later than usual posting test dates, I had hoped to have a newer blog going by now! If you are planning to take the October SAT, you may want to register HERE as soon as possible since October is the most popular SAT test date.

If you are going to be a senior this fall, you really want that October date. Yes, November will still get you scores in time for most regular admission deadlines. But you will be much more relaxed during your senior year if you get it out of the way earlier and you don’t want to bet everything on November and risk some emergency interfering.

If you are going to be a junior this fall and are wisely looking to take your first SATs as a junior so you can either get them out of the way, or can focus more effectively on an impressive retake, I recommend registering for the March test date (the first date for the new SAT). Why not May you say? Even if an emergency interfered, I would still have June to fall back on. Well, I have known a lot of juniors to end up having urgent reasons why they couldn’t make their May test and then couldn’t make the June either. You’ll have finals coming up, AP exams, SAT subject tests, all kinds of sport and team seasons ending, emotional partings with graduating seniors, etc etc. Just knock out your first run at the test in March and get it out of the way.

2015-2016 SAT test dates:
October 3, 2015 (September 3 registration deadline) CURRENT VERSION
November 7, 2015 (October 5 registration deadline) CURRENT VERSION
December 5, 2015 (November 9 registration deadline) CURRENT VERSION
January 23, 2016 (December 28 registration deadline) CURRENT VERSION
March 5, 2016 (February 5 registration deadline) NEW VERSION
May 7, 2016 (April 8 registration deadline) NEW VERSION
June 4, 2016 (May 5 registration deadline) NEW VERSION

Learn more about the new version HERE from the College Board itself and HERE for my take on the changes.

2015-2016 ACT test dates:

September 12, 2015 (registration deadline passed)
October 24, 2015 (September 18 registration deadline)
December 12, 2015 (November 6 registration deadline)
February 6, 2016 (January 8 registration deadline) *
April 9, 2016 (March 4 registration deadline)
June 11, 2016 (May 6 registration deadline)

* The February ACT is not available in New York state.

The ACT is also implementing changes, though not as extensively as the SAT is. The official information is HERE and I hope to have a condensed “plain English” version out for you soon.

My original sources for the test date schedules are from the official SAT and ACT websites The rest of the information and advice is purely my own.