SAT test tries to one up ACT test and vice verse

April 28, 2017

SAT test tries to one up ACT test and vice verse

In 2016, Two Million (2,090,342) took the ACT test with an average composite score of 21 (20.8) out of 36.

1,681,134 students in the class of 2016 took the SAT—either the new or old—at least once through June 2016 with an average score of 1002 out of 1600

An ACT score of 21 is the equivalent SAT score of 1000. So these students are scoring about the same for either test. I always encourage students to take both tests, decide which one you feel stronger about, and then focus on that one test as every college will take either score.

When College Board announced they were “Redesigning” the SAT Test, they also made a critical move to one up ACT as College Board was losing market share to its competitor. College Board dropped the January test date and added an August test date.

In previous years the first test students could take during the school year was the September ACT test. Now College Board offers a new August date to beat or be first taking it from ACT.

As the hilarity of these two competitive companies tries to gain footing to be King of the (Test) Hill, American College Testing just announced a July ACT test date starting July 2018. The test date will be July 14, 2018.

This is great news for students. Prep and study in June over your sophomore-junior summer then take the July 14, 2018 test. These students who are moving into their junior year of high school can potentially be finished with the test by getting the score they want and need. When a student achieves the score they want and need they do not need to take the tests any more.

Now that ACT has this new test date let’s see what College Board does…

Next test dates for the tests.

Next SAT Dates Next ACT Dates
June 3, 2017

August 26, 2017 ⇐ New Test Date

October 7, 2017

November 4, 2017

December 2, 2017

March 10, 2018

May 5, 2018

June 2, 2018

June 10, 2017

September 9, 2017

October 28, 2017

December 9, 2017

February 10, 2018

April 14, 2018

June 9, 2018

July 14, 2018 ⇐ New Test Date


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