College Admission Tests

Colleges have varied requirements for admission, but most Universities require either the ACT, the American College Test, or the SAT, the Scholastic Aptitude Test.  It is important to understand the differences in  these tests. It is also important for you to research which test is required for admission for the college you are choosing.  Please be advised that if you are considering a college out-of-state, check the college admission test required for that college.  Plan to start taking the test as early as the 9th grade for achieving the competitive score for college admissions and scholarships. 

Research shows through the ACT trend and analysis, that a score will not improve drastically simply by retaking the test.  Factors such as test preparation, attitude, course content covered, and reading ability prove greater success in improving on the composite.  There are plenty test preparation tools available on line and through ACT and the SAT-College Board. 

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posted Feb 10, 2016, 7:53 AM by Karen Rowell

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posted Dec 29, 2015, 8:09 PM by Karen Rowell   [ updated Aug 31, 2016, 7:02 AM ]

Description of the ACT

The ACT consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The ACT with writing includes the four multiple-choice tests and a writing test.

Test  Content
English75 questions45 minutesMeasures standard written English and rhetorical skills.
Mathematics60 questions60 minutesMeasures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12.
Reading40 questions35 minutesMeasures reading comprehension.
Science40 questions35 minutesMeasures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences.
Optional Writing Test1 prompt40 minutesMeasures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.

The ACT National Test Dates in the U.S., U.S. Territories, and Canada

  • Test Date             Registration         Late Registration
                                                          Late Fee Required

    September 10, 2016
    August 7, 2016 August 8-19, 2016
    October 22, 2016 September 16, 2016 September 17-30, 2016
    December 10, 2016 November 4, 2016 November 5-18, 2016
    February 11, 2017* January 13, 2017 January 14-20, 2017
    April 8, 2017 March 3, 2017 March 4-17, 2017
    June 10, 2017 May 5, 2017 May 6-19, 201

    *No test centers are scheduled in New York for the February test date.
    **See Non-Saturday testing for information related to this test date.

SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test

posted Oct 17, 2009, 7:44 PM by Karen Rowell   [ updated Aug 31, 2016, 7:25 AM ]

Test Dates and Deadlines

These tables list U.S. SAT test dates. See international SAT test dates.

SAT DateSAT Subject Tests Available
(Find Dates)
Registration DeadlineLate Registration DeadlineDeadline for Changes

Oct. 1, 2016


See SAT Subject Tests available on this dateSept. 1, 2016Sept. 13, 2016Sept. 20, 2016Sept. 20, 2016

Nov. 5, 2016


See SAT Subject Tests available on this dateOct. 7, 2016Oct. 18, 2016Oct. 25, 2016Oct. 25, 2016

Dec. 3, 2016


See SAT Subject Tests available on this dateNov. 3, 2016Nov. 15, 2016Nov. 22, 2016Nov. 22, 2016

Jan. 21, 2017


See SAT Subject Tests available on this dateDec. 21, 2016Jan. 3, 2017Jan. 10, 2017Jan. 10, 2017

March 11, 2017


SAT Subject Tests not offered on this dateFeb. 10, 2017Feb. 21, 2017Feb. 28, 2017Feb. 28, 2017

May 6, 2017


See SAT Subject Tests available on this dateApr. 7, 2017Apr. 18, 2017Apr. 25, 2017Apr. 25, 2017

June 3, 2017


See SAT Subject Tests available on this dateMay 9, 2017May 16, 2017May 24, 2017May 24,


posted Oct 17, 2009, 7:43 PM by Karen Rowell   [ updated Dec 29, 2015, 8:13 PM ]

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