Even before the pandemic, many schools were making the SAT and ACT optional. The reason? Concern that the exams weren’t accessible or affordable enough for low-income students, and a growing body of evidence that high school grades, activities and other achievements are better predictors of college success. Then the pandemic struck, forcing cancellation of the exams and causing even more schools to stop requiring them—at least temporarily.
Now that the tests are being administered again, many schools still require them as part of your college application. It’s best to take at least one of the exams. If you do well, your score can help you win acceptance at your preferred school. As for cost, students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch can take the SAT and ACT for free. Ask your school counselor for more information.
Remember: 21st Century Scholars must take either the SAT or
ACT to meet program requirements.
SAT Anticipated dates. Check the college board website for registration and late registration dates. (Those dates usually fall in the month before the exam.) Talk to your school counselor for test locations and more information.
Learn more about the SAT at collegeboard.org.
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||Late Registration Deadline|
|August 28, 2021||July 30, 2021||August 17, 2021|
|October 2, 2021||September 3, 2021||September 21, 2021|
|November 6, 2021||October 8, 2021||October 26, 2021|
|December 4, 2021||November 4, 2021||November 23, 2021|
|March 12, 2022||February 11, 2022||March 1, 2022|
|May 7, 2022||April 8, 2022||April 26, 2022|
|June 4, 2022||May 5, 2022||May 25, 2022|
Learn more about the ACT at act.org.
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||(Late Fee Required)|
|September 11, 2021||August 6, 2021||August 20, 2021|
|October 23, 2021||September 17, 2021||October 1, 2021|
|December 11, 2021||November 5, 2021||November 19, 2021|
|February 12, 2022||January 7, 2022||January 21, 2022|
|April 2, 2022||February 25, 2022||March 11, 2022|
|June 11, 2022||May 6, 2022||May 20, 2022|
|July 16, 2022||June 17, 2022||June 24, 2022|
William “Will” Akins, 25
Hometown: Merrillville, Indiana
College Choice: My first college was Vincennes University, and it was a great experience. I was not the most successful student in high school. I had a 2.4 GPA. Vincennes proved to really be the university I needed to make that transition from high school to college. Vincennes is a junior college, but I got the feeling of going away to a “big school.”
After my time at VU, I transferred to Indiana State University in Terre Haute. The transition fully immersed me in a music education degree program.
Ally Bacon, 22
Hometown: Fishers, Indiana
How did you choose your school? I thought I wanted to go out of state, but IU’s beautiful campus and town helped me change my mind. And the thought of being too far away from family killed me. IU is the best of both worlds. It’s only an hour-and-a-half drive from my hometown, but it is still far enough away that I can have my own space and freedom from my parents.
Best advice: My recommendation for any incoming freshman is to investigate and take advantage of every opportunity that is presented to you. In addition, networking is absolutely key to success. Meet as many people as possible.
Connor Mullett, 24
Hometown: Westfield, Indiana
College alternatives: In today’s market, there are more options than just college. Apprenticeships will hire on immediately for great pay. You can be an elevator mechanic, a plumber, or an electrician, all of which are viable careers and are in demand.