How to Plan Your Studying: SAT and ACT Test Prep Calendar

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How to Plan Your Studying: SAT and ACT Test Prep Calendar

Published September 1, 2019 | Last Updated May 8th, 2024 at 10:34 am

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A good study plan is crucial for passing the SAT or ACT.

To plan well, it’s good to know the SAT and ACT test dates. And of course, a number of other factors  – and study materials – go into creating your perfect SAT/ACT prep calendar.

SAT Test Dates and ACT Test Dates

One positive change regarding the tests is that the test dates are not as spread out as they used to be.

With that in mind, there are still some months with no SAT test dates, so you still need to think very carefully about when you take the test.

The same is true for the ACT. Like the SAT, the ACT is only offered on very specific days and it is not available every month.

Another thing the ACT has in common with the SAT is that it’s administered only on Saturdays, with calendar dates for the test that vary from year-to-year.

And if that’s not enough, one more thing to be mindful of is the registration deadlines for the exams you’ll take.

You can’t just register for the SAT or ACT the day before you’ll take your test. Missed registration dates are another common reason that students aren’t able to test on their ideal day and make their perfect study plan.

Fortunately, there are ways to keep track of all of the relevant dates for taking the SAT and ACT at the right time.

There’s a great online resource for SAT and ACT test dates, complete with upcoming test dates, registration dates, and dates that scores are released. 

Here are the remaining SAT dates in 2024 and the test dates in 2025:

SAT Test DateRegistration DeadlineLate Registration DeadlineSAT Scores Release Date
June 1, 2024May 17, 2024May 21, 2024June 21, 2024
August 24, 2024August 9, 2024August 13, 2024TBD
October 5, 2024September 20, 2024September 24, 2024TBD
November 2, 2024October 18, 2024October 22, 2024TBD
December 7, 2024November 22, 2024November 26, 2024TBD
March 8, 2025February 21, 2025February 25, 2025TBD
May 3, 2025April 18, 2025April 22, 2025TBD
June 7, 2025May 22, 2025May 27, 2025TBD

*The late registration date is one week earlier if you are registering by mail.

Although the College Board has confirmed SAT test dates for 2024-25, it has yet to confirm SAT registration and score release dates. The SAT registration and score release dates in the chart above are estimates based on Compass Education Group’s analysis of the patterns of previous testing years.

Here are the remaining ACT dates in 2024 and the test dates in 2025:

Here are the anticipated test dates, registration deadlines, and score release dates for 2024 and 2025. The test dates are confirmed by ACT, Inc., the others are our projections based on historical data.

ACT Test DateRegistration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Score Release Date
June 8, 2024May 3, 2024May 17, 2024June 21 - August 2, 2024
July 13, 2024**June 7, 2024June 14, 2024July 26 - August 26, 2024
September 14, 2024August 9, 2024August 25, 2024TBD
October 26, 2024September 20, 2024October 7, 2024TBD
December 14, 2024November 8, 2024November 22, 2024TBD
February 8, 2025January 3, 2025January 20, 2025TBD
April 5, 2025February 28, 2025March 16, 2025TBD
June 14, 2025May 9, 2025May 26, 2025TBD
July 12, 2025**June 6, 2025June 20, 2025TBD

**Test date excludes New York and international locations.

Making Your SAT/ACT Prep Calendar

Of course, there’s more to setting the right test date than just knowing the days of registry, testing, and score reporting. You also need to figure out exactly how much time you need to prepare for the test.

The study plans that students put together vary in length and depend at least partly on an individual student’s learning needs and time constraints.

That being said, a typical high school student can usually become fully prepared for the SAT or ACT in about a month. On average, SAT and ACT preppers will need around 6-12 hours of study time per week.

This study can be done on as little as three days a week, or it can be stretched across every weekday. Some students even do their one-month test prep plan by studying one or two hours a day, five to seven days a week.

The key to a good study plan is practice, practice, practice.

So the trick is to find enough prep materials for a month’s worth of mock exams and other practice exercises.

Official SAT practice from the College Board and similar official ACT preparation are a must-have.

There are other good third-party materials as well. Taking suggestions from an SAT test prep-master couldn’t hurt. 

Again, the internet is your friend as you try to figure out your study schedule timelines, weekly activities, and materials.

Here’s a good page to see what a typical one-month SAT study schedule looks like. And here’s a good example of a one-month ACT study schedule.

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