Changes to Standardized Test Dates

As you know, standardized testing plays a role in building competitive college applications in the U.S.  The College Board (SAT and Subject Tests) and ACT have recently been in the news because of changes they are making to their testing schedules.

The good news is that both the College Board and ACT have added summer test dates! The College Board debuts an August SAT this year (at the expense of the January test date, which will be eliminated), while the ACT has announced a July exam date beginning in 2018. Summer testing is great for students who want to do focused test prep in the early summer immediately before these new test dates, as well as for rising seniors who need an extra chance to boost their scores before the rigors of senior year and the application season. While July and August test dates may be more challenging for students who have summer jobs or family travel plans, expect these dates to fill up fast and plan to register early!

The bad news is that the number of international administrations of the SAT has been reduced. The SAT will be offered abroad only four times per year, while Subject Tests will be offered five times. As a result, testing locations abroad will fill up quickly, and it will be even more important for international students to plan ahead and be strategic in choosing test dates.

Click here for the College Goals’ document that lists SAT and ACT tests by date for 2017-2018.

Take this opportunity to discuss your standardized testing plan with your college counselor and, in accordance with your plan, to register as early as possible for testing dates and locations!