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Both the SAT and ACT cost about $50 each time you take them. Keep this in mind if you’re planning to take either test multiple times.

Once you develop your testing plan you can start taking the tests you're ready for as a sophomore.

We aren’t going to sit here and tell you that you absolutely have to take the SAT and ACT during your sophomore year. Many students don’t, and many of these same students go on to succeed at top-notch colleges and universities. That being said, if you think you’re ready, and you don’t mind paying a couple extra registration fees, you should consider taking the tests with which you feel the most comfortable.

Developing Your Standardized Testing Plan: Tips

  • Before you even think about taking any of the big-time standardized tests, make sure you analyze the results of your PSAT and PLAN tests. This will help you determine your testing weaknesses and give you something to build on when test time approaches.
  • Talk with your counselor, your teachers, and your parents to decide which tests you think you might be ready to take. Don’t feel like you’re behind if you determine that you’re not quite ready. It’s better to practice now and succeed later than keep hitting your head against the standardized testing wall.
  • No matter what you decide to do - which tests you decide to take now and which tests you decide to take later – always write down registration deadlines and test dates on your college calendar. This will ensure that you won’t schedule conflicting events and have everything you need for the tests.

SAT Subject Tests

You’ll probably have the most success on SAT Subject Tests while the material is fresh in your mind. This is why sophomores often take Subject Tests in common sophomore courses like World History, Biology, and Chemistry.

Sound familiar? It should. We talked about the same course of action during the winter of your freshman year.

SAT Subject Tests are given on the same dates as the regular SAT. Keep in mind however, that not all colleges require SAT Subject Tests. Only around 100 colleges require them so make sure you’re going to apply to one of these colleges before you sign up.

If you plan on taking the SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Tests, find a date that works for you and then make sure to add these dates and deadlines to your college calendar.

SAT and SAT Subject Test Schedule

Exam Date | Registration Deadline | Late Registration
- SAT Subject Tests Available

January 25, 2014 | December 27, 2014 | January 10, 2014
- U.S. History, Literature, Chemistry, Physics, French, Spanish, Mathematics Level 2, Mathematics Level 1, Biology E/M

March 8, 2014 | February 7, 2014 | February 21, 2014
- N/A

May 3, 2014 | April 4, 2014 | April 18, 2014
- U.S. History, Literature, Chemistry, Physics, French, Spanish, Mathematics Level 2, Mathematics Level 1, Biology E/M

June 7, 2014 | May 9, 2014 | May 23, 2014 - U.S. History, World History, Literature, Chemistry, Physics, Latin, Modern Hebrew, French, German, Spanish, Mathematics Level 2, Mathematics Level 1, Biology E/M

ACT Schedule

Exam Date | Registration Deadline | Late Registration

February 8, 2014 | Janurary 10, 2014 | Janurary 11-24, 2014
April 12, 2014 | March 7, 2014 | March 8 - 21, 2014
June 14, 2914 | May 9, 2014 | May 10 - 23, 2014


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