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How are the SAT and ACT scored?

The SAT score ranges from 400 to 1600, combining scores from the Math and Reading sections, each scored on a scale of 200-800. 

The ACT provides a composite score ranging from 1 to 36, based on the average scores from the Reading, English (Grammar), Math, and Science sections. 

Can I request accommodations for disabilities?

Yes, both the SAT and ACT offer accommodations for students with documented disabilities. It’s essential to request these accommodations well in advance because approvals can take as long as 6 months. 

Talk to your high school guidance counselor to help set up test day accommodations.

For more info about the possible accommodations and relevant deadlines, here are the links to


When should I start preparing for these exams?

I recommend prepping in the summer after sophomore year. Aim to have your exam takes & retakes completed by December. Your sanity will thank you. 

How should I prepare for the SAT or ACT?

College Board partnered with Khan Academy to help provide free SAT prep for students and the ACT has resources on its website to help you with your prep.

How do I register for the SAT or ACT?

You can register online through the official websites for the SAT (run by the College Board) or the ACT.

Q: How often are the SAT and ACT offered?

Both the SAT and ACT are offered several times throughout the year. In the U.S, the SAT is offered in: August, October, November, December, March, and June. The ACT is offered in: September, October, December, February, April, June, and July. 

Note that when both exams are offered in the same month, the days will differ. There are no test day overlaps. 

How many times can I take the test?

You can take both tests as many times as you want, but I recommend no more than 3 times. After that, students tend to burn out and scores tend to start dropping.

Instead, prepare to the best of your abilities, learn from your mistakes, and practice between retakes.

Should I take the test with the essay section?

Check your target colleges’ requirements. If they don’t specify, consider taking it to keep your options open.

Do I need to take both the SAT and ACT?

No, most colleges accept either. Choose the one that aligns with your strengths and practice.