Testing: PSAT, SAT, ACT

Juniors: Take your SAT or ACT this spring. NOW is the time to begin planning for when you will take this college/university admissions exam. 

Knowing your testing options and deciding which test you choose to take requires a bit of research. Here you will find the links to the College Board, which runs the PSAT, SAT and AP as well as the ACT site.

SAT vs. ACT  The tests have several similarities and yet have some key differences.  Take a look at the link above to see a nice table that outlines both tests.

Testing timeline

9th grade: PSAT fall optional
10th grade: PSAT fall (registered at school)
11th grade: PSAT fall (registered at school)
                     SAT or ACT Spring (register individually online)
12th grade: SAT or ACT Fall (register individually online)


ACT versus SAT: How do I choose?

The best way to decide if the SAT or ACT is right for you is to take a timed full-length practice test in each. Since the content and style of the SAT and ACT are very similar, factors like how you handle time pressure and what types of questions you find most challenging can help you determine which test is a better fit. For example, the pace of the SAT gives you a tad more time to think through problems, while the ACT can be more of a time crunch. Some students really thrive under the pressure of the clock, while others prefer the extra time to ponder a question. Try our QUIZ: SAT, ACT, or Both? to learn more. 

Need help deciding?

Take our free SAT and ACT practice tests and get a personalized score report that helps you understand your strengths and areas for improvement.