Myth: You Have to Take the ACT/SAT During the School Year

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The word “studying” is synonymous with school, so it makes sense that many students would assume the ACT and SAT are only offered during the school year. This, however, is not true.

Summer Testing Dates

In fact, there are a number of summer-oriented testing dates available. For this year (2018) both the ACT and SAT are offered in June, in July there’s another ACT date, for August an SAT. Be sure to check in at the ACT and SAT websites for full listings.

During the summer, some schools still offer to act as testing centers. Otherwise you may find another nearby place offering the test—it could be a community college, another school, or even a university!

Why You Should Consider a Summer Test

The school year is busy—between classes, tests, sports, extracurriculars, special events, conferences, etc. There’s little time for regular homework let alone college prep.

Therefore, it could be worthwhile to save your ACT and SAT studying and testing for the warmer months when you’ve got less academic commitments. This way your mental focus can be entirely on the entrance exams.

There are even ACT/SAT summer camps if you really want to study hard!

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Allison Wignall

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