I know we just started summer break, but now is the time for rising juniors to make testing plans for next school year.

The Goal

Ideally all juniors will finish taking the ACT / SAT by the end of the school year. This includes all attempts at taking each exam.

The goal is to head into the summer before your senior year knowing your test scores and free to focus on college applications (instead of more studying for standardized tests.)

Start With the End in Mind

In order to stay on track to meet the testing goal of all attempts completed during junior year, you should get some dates on the calendar now.

My planning tips include:

  1. Identify your initial test and test date (for example the December ACT)
  2. Work backwards 6-8 weeks to start test prep
  3. Allow time to retake (typically students make 2-3 attempts)

Test Dates

Here are the test dates for the 2019-2020 school year.


Register directly with ACT: https://www.act.org

  • September 14
  • October 26
  • December 14
  • February 8
  • April 4
  • June 13
  • July 18


Register directly with College Board: https://www.collegeboard.org

  • August 24
  • October 5
  • November 2
  • December 7
  • March 14
  • May 2
  • June 6


Register for the PSAT with your high school guidance counselor. Homeschool students should contact a local high school to register.

  • Wednesday, October 16 (primary test date)
  • Saturday, October 19 (may be offered by some schools)