SAT vs ACT Comparison

Finding the Right Fit

Compare SAT and ACT Scores:

Upcoming SAT and ACT Dates:

  • ACT: October 27, 2018 Register (Deadline: September 28, 2018)

  • ACT: December 8, 2018 Register (Deadline: November 2, 2018)

  • ACT: February 9, 2019 Register (Deadline: January 11, 2019)

  • ACT: April 13, 2019 Register (Deadline: March 8, 2019)

  • ACT: June 8, 2019 Register (Deadline: May 3, 2019)

  • ACT: July 13, 2019* Register (Deadline: June 14, 2019)

    *The July ACT exam is currently not available in California, but this may change…

  • SAT: October 6, 2018 Register (Deadline: Sep 7th, 2018)

  • SAT: November 3, 2018 Register (Deadline: Oct 5th, 2018)

  • SAT: December 1, 2018 Register (Deadline: Nov 2nd, 2018)

  • SAT: March 9, 2019 Register (Deadline: Feb 8th, 2019)

  • SAT: May 4, 2019 Register (Deadline: April 5th, 2019)

  • SAT: June 1, 2019 Register (Deadline: May 3rd, 2019)

Books About College Admissions:

The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College, by Jacques Steinberg (New York: Penguin, 2003): Describes the author’s experience observing an admissions cycle at Wesleyan University.

Creating a Class: College Admissions and the Education of Elites, by Mitchell Stevens (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009): Describes the author’s experience observing the admissions process at Hamilton College.

Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges, by Loren Pope and Hilary Masell Oswald (New York: Penguin Books, 2012): Descriptions of 40 lesser-known but excellent liberal arts colleges.

Fiske Guide to Colleges, by Edward Fiske (Napierville, IL: Sourcebooks, 2013): Updated annually. Contains profiles and personal descriptions of more than 320 popular colleges and universities.

Insider Guide to the Colleges, Yale Daily News Staff (New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2012): Updated annually. Contains profiles and personal descriptions of more than 330 colleges and universities.

On Writing the College Application Essay, 25th Anniversary Edition: The Key to Acceptance at the College of Your Choice, by Henry Bauld (New York: Collins Reference, 2012): A former Ivy League admissions officer provides tough and funny advice on coming up with the best essay possible.

The College Application Essay: All-New Fifth Edition, by Sarah Myers McGinty (Princeton, NJ: College Board, 2012): Contains excellent, easy-to-follow advice on writing effective college application essays.