Testing Timeline

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From Sophomore to Senior Year

Planning your academic journey is crucial, especially when it comes to preparing for the ACT and SAT. Here is a brief testing timeline to guide you through your sophomore, junior, and senior years of high school.

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Take the PSAT/PreACT

Take mock SAT (or PSAT) + mock ACT by July 4th
(If you’re taking ALG 2 as a Junior, wait until October of Junior year to take mock tests)

Create an optimal testing timeline based on sports, holidays etc.


Fall & Spring

Prep for your stronger test (SAT or ACT)
Take two consecutive test dates + superscore
Aim to finish testing by June


Finish re-testing if needed
Refine your college list + visit colleges
Begin writing your Common App essay



Finish Common App essay + supplemental essays

Apply Early Action/Decision by mid-Oct – early Nov
(Notification by mid-Dec/Jan)

Apply Regular Decision by Dec 31*
(Notification by March/April – or earlier!)


Final college visits (if needed) by April

Make college decision + send deposit by May 1*

Waitlist notifications (May-August)

*Dates are APPROXIMATE – check university websites for details!

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