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2016/2017 test dates for the sat I, subject tests, and act

test dates tests offered regular & late registration
October 1, 2016 SAT I &
Subject Tests
Regular: September 2, 2016
Late: September 16, 2016
November 5, 2016 SAT I &
Subject Tests

Language Tests
Regular: October 7, 2016
Late: October 21, 2016
December 3, 2016 SAT I &
Subject Tests
Regular: November 4, 2016
Late: November 18, 2016
January 28, 2017 SAT I &
Subject Tests
Regular: December 30, 2016
Late: January 13, 2017
March 11, 2017 SAT I Regular: February 10, 2017
Late: February 24, 2017
May 6, 2017 SAT I &
Subject Tests
Regular: April 6, 2017
Late: April 21, 2017
June 3, 2017 SAT I &
Subject Tests
Regular: May 5, 2017
Late: May 19, 2017


2016/2017 ACT Test Dates

test dates regular & LAte registration
closing dates
September 10, 2016 Regular: August 5, 2016
Late: August 6-19, 2016
October 22, 2016 Regular: September 16, 2016
Late: September 17-30, 2016
December 10, 2016 Regular: November 4, 2016
Late: November 5-18, 2016
February 11, 2017 Regular: January 13, 2017
Late: January 14-20, 2017
April 8, 2017 Regular: March 3, 2017
Late: March 4-17, 2017
June 10, 2017 Regular: May 5, 2017
Late: May 6-19, 2017

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COntact info for psat, sat, plan, act
& subject tests



Regular mail:
P.O. Box 6720
Princeton, NJ 08541-6720

Tel: (866) 433-7728
Fax: (610) 290-8979
TTY: (609) 882-4118

PSAT/NMSQT Services for Students with Disabilities


Regular mail:
PSAT/NMSQT Services for Students with Disabilities
P.O. Box 6226
Princeton, NJ 08541-6226

Tel: (212) 713-8333
Fax: (866) 360-0114
TTY: (609) 882-4118




Email: (Submit info to site for email)

Regular mail:
College Board SAT Program
P.O. Box 025505
Miami, FL 33102

Tel: (866) 756-7346 (Customer Service)

SAT Services for Students with Disabilities


Regular mail:
College Board SSD Program
P.O. Box 7504
London, KY 40742-7504

Tel: (212) 713-8333
Fax: (866) 360-0114
TTY: (609) 882-4118



Information You Need to Register for a Test:

1. Your name, date of birth, sex and social security number
2. Visa, Mastercard, or American Express #, month/year of expiration
3. Five digit test center code of wher you want to take the test
4. Four digit college or scholarship program codes



You can send your SAT and Subject Test Scores in two ways:

1. When you register for the SAT/Subject Tests, you recieve four free reports at no extra charge.

2. After registering, you can order SAT and Subject Test reports online, by mail or by phone (866-756-7346), but there is a fee. Go to your "My SAT" account to order score reports online. A list of fees is available here.

3. Score choice is available, but not all colleges allow for this. Information about how this works is available here.

4. Information you need to have when ordering Test Score reports:

• Your registration number and test date/s
• Your social security number
• The college code numbers for the schools to which you want the scores sent
• Your credit card number and expiration date
• Your birth date




Regular mail:
AP Services
P.O. Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671

Tel: (888) 225-5427
Fax: (610) 290-8979


AP Services for Students with Disabilities


Regular mail:
College Board SSD Program
P.O. Box 7504
London, KY 40742-7504

Tel: (866) 756-7346
Fax: (866) 360-0114
TTY: (609) 882-4118


Getting Your AP Scores



Sending Your AP Scores to Colleges


Tel: 888-225-5427


ACT Website:
Email: Submit online form:

Regular mail:
ACT Student Services
2727 Scott Blvd, minizip 46
P.O. Box 414
Iowa City, Iowa 52243-0414

Tel: (319) 337-1332 (Customer Service)


ACT Services for Students with Disabilities



Special Testing

Special Testing: with Extended Time and/or Alternate Test Formats Available (more than 50% time extension; not at a test center)

Regular Mail:
ACT Special Testing
301 ACT Drive, P.O. Box 4028
Iowa City, IA 52243-4028

Tel: (319) 337-1332


To register online for the ACTs

Link to Register for ACTs:

Information You Need to Register for an ACT Test:

1. Your name, date of birth, sex and social security number
2. Visa, Mastercard, or American Express #, month/year of expiration
3. Five digit test center code of where you want to take the test
4. Four digit college or scholarship program codes



You can order:

Online: Log in to your ACT web account or

Download a PDFof the request form: At or

By phone: (319) 337-1270 or

Send a letter of request via snail mail to:
ACT Student Services, Score Reports
P.O. Box 451
Iowa City, IA 52243-0451

Information You Need to Have Your Test Scores Sent:

1. Full name
2. Name when registered for test (if different)
3. Current mailing address
4. Address at the time you registered for test (if different)
5. ACT I.D. from score report
6. Date of birth
7. Home phone number
8. Test date (month and year) from which you want scores
9. ACT codes and names (with city and state) of the colleges or scholarship groups to whom you want the ACT scores sent

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COLLEGES that accept the act instead of the sat I & subject tests

Many students and parents are unaware that some schools accept the ACT in lieu of both the SAT I and Subject Tests. There aren’t a lot of them, but I think you will be surprised at quality of the colleges and universities that do adhere to this policy.

Amherst College
Barnard College
Brown University
Boston College
Duke University
Haverford University
Pomona College
Rice University
Swarthmore College
Tufts University
University of Pennsylvania
Vassar College
Wellesley College
Yale University

Check college websites to confirm this policy.



Can you believe it?! A few colleges accept Subject Tests in lieu of either the SAT and/or the ACT! The colleges are:

Colby College
Colorado College
Hamilton College
Middlebury College
New York University (will also accept 3 AP exams or IB Diploma)
Trinity College
University of Rochester (will accept 2 or more Subject Tests, AP or IB exams)

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colleges that require subject tests

subject tests

There are all kinds of policies relating to Subject Tests. In a number of cases, a college’s admissions test policy will stipulate that the school does not require Subject Tests; however, individual colleges, majors and/or programs, including BS/MD, engineering, some science and other special programs, may require or recommend certain Subject Tests regardless of the general admissions no Subject Test policy.

For example, the University of California system of nine universities does not require Subject Tests, but UC Berkeley “recommends Math Level 2 and a science Subject Test for its Chemistry and Engineering colleges;” UC Irvine “recommends Math Level 2 and a science for its Engineering, Pharmaceutical and Physical Sciences schools;” and UCLA “recommends Math Level 2 and a science test for its School of Engineering and Applied Science.” UC Riverside, San Diego and Santa Barbara have similar Subject Test recommendations.


colleges that require two subject tests

No college in the U.S. requires more than two Subject Tests. When a college says that two Subject Tests are required, that means you must submit those scores in order to be considered for admission.

adMISSION POSSIBLE TIP:  Be aware that the more competitive colleges are impressed when a student takes and reports more than just two tests.

The Compass Education group in California is a very good source for keeping on top of the Subject Test college admissions requirements. Needless to say a college’s own website is the most authoritative source.

Here is a list of the major colleges that require two Subject Tests:

Amherst College
Barnard College
Brown University
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Duke University
Harvey Mudd College
Harvard University (except if tests are a financial hardship)
Haverford College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rice University
Tufts University
Vassar College
Webb Institute
Wellesley College
Williams College


COLLEGES THAT RECOMMEND, "strongly recommend," encourage or "strongly encourage" SUBJECT TESTS

Theoretically, if a college “recommends” taking Subject Tests, a student is not required to submit any Subject Test scores in order to meet their admissions requirements. However, in order to be considered a strong candidate, it behooves you to follow each college’s recommendations about Subject Tests, including the number and content area they suggest.

Carleton College
Davidson College (recommends 2)
Emory University
Georgetown University (recommends 3)
Lafayette College
Northwestern University
Pratt Institute
Princeton University
Stanford University
University of Delaware (recommends 2)
University of Georgia
University of Southern California
University of Virginia (recommends 2)
Washington and Lee University (recommends 2)
Yale University

As noted above, each college’s own website admissions section is the best source of information about test requirements, GPA requirements, and other admissions policies and procedures. Resources for this blog include Compass Education Group, College Board’s, The College Handbook 2016, and individual college websites.


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test optional colleges

The following are some of the 850+ private and public colleges that do not use SAT or ACT scores as a part of their admissions criteria:

Allegheny College
American University
Bard College
Bates College
Beloit College
Bennington College
Berklee College of Music
Bowdoin College
Bryn Mawr College
(Many) Cal State universities
Clark University
College of the Holy Cross
Colorado College
Connecticut College
Denison University
DePaul University
Dickinson College
Earlham College
Florida State College
Franklin and Marshall College
Furman University
George Washington University
Gettysburg College
Goucher College
Guilford College
Hamilton College
Hampshire College
Ithaca College
Juniata College
Kalamazoo College
Lake Forest College
Lawrence University
Lewis and Clark College
Manhattanville College
McDaniel College
Mills College
Mt. Holyoke College
Pitzer College
Providence College
Rollins College
Sarah Lawrence College
Sewanee (University of the South)
Skidmore College
Smith College
Susquehanna University
Temple University
University of Arizona
University of Oregon
University of Puget Sound
University of Texas
Ursinus College
Wake Forest University
Wesleyan University
Wheaton College
Willamette University
Worcester Polytechnic University

A complete list of test optional colleges can be found at For more information, you can also read a Huff Post blog I wrote on “Why Students and Parents Need to know the Latest Buzz about ‘Test Optional’ Colleges.”

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conversion chart comparing act scores with old and new sat scores*

A new conversion chart has just become available, comparing ACT scores with the old SAT scores and the new SAT scores:

act conversion chart

* The College Board

For more detailed information about the new scoring systems, go here.

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colleges that require sat and/or act with writing tests

Unless a college has declared itself test optional, it goes without saying that it probably has some kind of test requirement. Most of the time, that will be either the SAT with Writing and/or the ACT with Writing. The safest way of determining a college’s testing policy is to go straight to the Testing, Undergraduate Admissions section on its own website.

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If you want to know more about this and other admissions topics, read
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