You know that you'll have to take the SAT or ACT and do well on it—but figuring out exactly when to take your exam can sometimes feel like the hardest part of the whole testing process. In this guide, we introduce all upcoming SAT and ACT dates for the 2023-2024 testing year and explain what factors you must consider before committing to a test date.
All Upcoming SAT and ACT Dates 2023-2024
Here are all upcoming US and international ACT and SAT dates and deadlines for the 2023-2024 testing year.
SAT and ACT Test Dates and Deadlines 2023-2024 (US)
Online Score Release
|August 26, 2023 (SAT)||July 28, 2023||August 15, 2023||September 8, 2023|
|September 9, 2023 (ACT)||August 4, 2023||August 18, 2023||September 19, 2023|
|October 7, 2023 (SAT)||September 7, 2023||September 26, 2023||October 20, 2023|
|October 28, 2023 (ACT)||September 22, 2024||October 6, 2023||November 14, 2023|
|November 4, 2023 (SAT)||October 5, 2023||October 24, 2023||November 17, 2023|
|December 2, 2023 (SAT)||November 2, 2023||November 21, 2023||December 15, 2023|
|December 9, 2023 (ACT)||November 3, 2023||November 17, 2023||December 19, 2023|
|February 10, 2024 (ACT)||January 5, 2024||January 19, 2024||February 20, 2024|
|March 9, 2024 (SAT)||February 23, 2024||February 27, 2024||March 22, 2024|
|April 13, 2024 (ACT)||March 8, 2024||March 22, 2024||April 23, 2024|
|May 4, 2024 (SAT)||April 19, 2024||April 23, 2024||May 17, 2024|
|June 1, 2024 (SAT)||May 16, 2024||May 21, 2024||June 14, 2024|
|June 8, 2024 (ACT)||May 3, 2024||May 17, 2024||June 18, 2024|
|July 13, 2024* (ACT)||June 7, 2024||June 7, 2024||July 23, 2024|
*No tests scheduled in New York for this date
Registering for the SAT costs $60. If you register after the normal deadline but before the late registration deadline, you will be charged an extra late registration fee of $30.
The ACT registration costs are $68 for the ACT without Writing and $93 for the ACT with Writing. If you miss the regular deadline and sign up for a test date before the late registration deadline, you must pay the normal registration fee in addition to a late registration fee of $36.
The online score release date refers to the earliest possible date you can get your multiple-choice scores without your essay score (should you take the ACT with Writing ). For the pencil-and-paper SAT, most test takers receive their scores online within two weeks—and students taking the digital SAT receive their score within days after the test. The ACT sends scores out to students within 10 days after their ACT test date.
SAT and ACT Test Dates and Deadlines 2023-2024 (International)
Here are the 2023-2024 ACT and SAT dates for test takers outside the US and all US territories (this includes those taking the test in Canada). All test dates and deadlines, except for the score release dates, have been confirmed by the College Board and ACT, Inc.
After March 2023, all students taking the SAT internationally will take the SAT digital test (the ACT went digital for international students in 2018).
Online Score Release
|August 26, 2023 (SAT)||August 11, 2023||September 8, 2023|
|September 8-9, 2023 (ACT)||August 12, 2023||September 12, 2023|
|October 7, 2023 (SAT)||September 22, 2023||October 20, 2023|
|October 27-28, 2023 (ACT)||September 25, 2023||October 31, 2023|
|November 4, 2023 (SAT)||October 20, 2023||November 17, 2023|
|December 2, 2023 (SAT)||November 17, 2023||December 15, 2023|
|December 1-2, 2023 (ACT)||November 3, 2023||December 5, 2023|
|February 23-24, 2024 (ACT)||January 26, 2024||February 27, 2024|
|March 9, 2024 (SAT)||February 23, 2024||March 22, 2024|
|April 12-13, 2024 (ACT)||March 15, 2024||April 16, 2024|
|May 4, 2024 (SAT)||April 19, 2024||May 17, 2024|
|June 1, 2024 (SAT)||May 17, 2024||June 14, 2024|
|June 7-8, 2024 (ACT)||May 10, 2024||June 11, 2024|
|July 12-13, 2024 (ACT)||June 14, 2024||July 16, 2024|
Both the SAT and ACT registration costs are higher for international students. The ACT costs international students $181.50 for the ACT without Writing and $206.50 for the ACT with Writing. The cost for the SAT is $60 plus a $43 regional fee, so most international students can expect to pay $103 total. However, there are a few test centers that charge an additional test center fee for students taking the SAT internationally.
Also note that there is no late registration option for international SAT takers, but there is one for ACT takers. The late registration fee for international ACT test takers is $36.
All international SAT and ACT test takers must take the computer version of the ACT. This began in 2018 for the ACT and early 2023 for the SAT. As a result of this change from paper testing to computer testing, scores are released much faster for international test takers than they are for US test takers (unless test takers in the US take digital versions of the tests, which are starting to become available): you should generally get your multiple-choice scores just two business days after your test date.
With our help, choosing your standardized test dates will be tons easier than planning an international trip!
Finding the Best SAT and ACT Dates for You: 6 Critical Factors
To find the best SAT and ACT test dates for you, you must consider the following six factors before deciding on a day to take your chosen test.
#1: How Many Times You Plan to Take the SAT/ACT
You should try to take the SAT/ACT at least two or three times in total:
- First in the fall of your junior year
- Second in the spring of your junior year
- Third in the summer or fall of your senior year (if needed)
Because juniors have plenty of time before college application deadlines, they can take their SAT or ACT pretty much on any test date that works for them.
- SAT: August, October, November, December
- ACT: September, October, December
Next, try to take your second SAT/ACT in the spring or early summer of your junior year on any of these test dates:
- SAT: March, May, June
- ACT: February, April, June, July
If you still haven't hit your SAT or ACT goal score, you can take the test a third time in the summer before or fall of your senior year.
Which test dates will work best for you will depend on several factors, such as how much total time you need to study (see #2), when your college applications are due (see #3), and whether you have any major commitments that take precedence over the exam (see #6).
#2: How Much Study Time You Need
We usually recommend studying for at least three to six months before you take the SAT/ACT. But before you get started on preparing for your chosen test, you will need to figure out how much time you must study in order to reach your goal score—the SAT/ACT score you need to get into the colleges you're applying to.
Once you have your goal score, it's time to find your baseline score. This is the score you start out with before you begin any test prep.
To find your baseline score, take an official SAT / ACT practice test. Make sure to mimic real testing conditions and follow official time limits. Once you finish, score your test to get your baseline.
Then, subtract your baseline score from your goal score to calculate how many points you need to improve by. For example, say your SAT goal score was 1260 and your baseline score was 1120. By doing the math, we get this: 1260−1120 = 140 points.
Finally, refer to the conversions below to see how many approximate hours you'll need to study in order to hit your goal score on test day:
- 0-30 point improvement: 10 hours
- 30-70 point improvement: 20 hours
- 70-130 point improvement: 40 hours
- 130-200 point improvement: 80 hours
- 200-330 point improvement: 150 hours+
- 0-1 ACT point improvement: 10 hours
- 1-2 ACT point improvement: 20 hours
- 2-4 ACT point improvement: 40 hours
- 4-6 ACT point improvement: 80 hours
- 6-9 ACT point improvement: 150 hours+
As you can see, the bigger the point improvement you need to make on the SAT or ACT, the more hours you'll have to study. In our example, I needed to raise my SAT score by 140 points; this translates to about 80 hours of prep.
Knowing how many hours you need to prep for the SAT/ACT can help you pick a good test date. In general, you'll want to prep for up to 10 hours a week. If you had to study for 80 total hours, you could divide this amount of time up over the course of four months, giving you about five hours of prep time per week.
#3: Your College Application Deadlines
If you plan to take the SAT/ACT as a senior, you'll need to pay careful attention to your upcoming college application deadlines to ensure your scores get to your schools in time.
Most college application deadlines will be in the fall or early winter of your senior year. The most common application deadline is January 1. But if you're applying early action or early decision, you could have application deadlines in early November, possibly October.
At the same time, some schools have much later-than-normal application deadlines in February, March, April, May, or even the summer. These schools will therefore guarantee you the most flexibility in terms of when you can take the SAT or ACT as a senior.
The following chart shows when the best SAT and ACT test dates are for you depending on when your soonest college application deadline is.
Latest recommended SAT/ACT test dates are dates that guarantee your scores will get to your schools in time before your application deadline, whereas risky SAT/ACT test dates are dates that may or may not get your scores to your schools in time—choose the latter at your own risk!
|College App Deadline||Latest Recommended SAT/ACT Test Date||Risky SAT/ACT Test Date|
*These late application deadlines come after you complete your senior year of high school
#4: Your SAT/ACT Scholarship Deadlines
If you're applying for any scholarships that use your SAT or ACT scores, you'll want to make sure the test date(s) you pick will definitely get your scores to your scholarship organization or school in time.
These scholarship deadlines will likely be the same as your college application deadlines, but you should always check ahead of time just in case they're different!
#5: AP Tests, IB Tests, and Other Important Exams
Another factor to consider when choosing among available ACT and SAT dates is when your other important exams are.
The key is that you don't want to pick an SAT/ACT test date that's on or right around another important test, such as an AP test, IB test, midterm, or final. Doing this will really overwhelm you and also means that you'd have to study for two totally different tests at the same time (no, thank you). So think hard about your current test schedule before you consider certain SAT and ACT test dates.
Below are the rough time frames during which you'll probably be pretty busy with other tests (and therefore might want to avoid taking the SAT or ACT):
|Test||Estimated Test Date||SAT and ACT Test Dates to Potentially Avoid|
|AP tests||First two weeks of May||SAT: May
|IB tests||End of IB course(s) in May (November for southern hemisphere)||SAT: May, November
|Midterms||Middle of class/semester, usually in October for fall and March for spring||SAT: October, March
ACT: October, April
|Final exams||End of class/semester, usually in December for fall and May/June for spring||SAT: December, May, June
ACT: December, June
Although it's not impossible to take the SAT or ACT around the same time you have other tests, the only way you're likely to do well on all of them is to totally commit yourself to finding the time to study and organize your prep schedules.
#6: Your Extracurriculars and Personal Commitments
The final factor to be aware of is your obligations and extracurriculars. These commitments could be things such as the following:
- A part-time job
- An internship
- A volunteer position
- A sport or team you play on
- A club, group, or society you're part of
- A family member you take care of
- An event you're helping out with
- A family vacation or trip
Make sure that you don't schedule any SAT/ACT test dates around times you expect to be busy with non-school-related things. The best way to keep track of your schedule is to write down upcoming events and commitments on a calendar or in a planner.
Conclusion: Finding the Best SAT and ACT Dates for You
In the US, both the SAT and ACT are administered seven times per year. But choosing from among so many SAT and ACT test dates can be tricky because there are numerous factors you will have to think about.
Here are the six most important factors to consider before choosing a test date:
- How many times you plan to take the SAT/ACT
- How much study time you need
- Your college application deadlines
- Your SAT/ACT scholarship deadlines
- AP tests, IB tests, and other important exams
- Your extracurriculars and personal commitments
Remember that even if you don't get the score you want, you can always retake the SAT or ACT and give it another shot!
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Hannah received her MA in Japanese Studies from the University of Michigan and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California. From 2013 to 2015, she taught English in Japan via the JET Program. She is passionate about education, writing, and travel.