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SAT & SAT II Schedule 2015-2016
ACT Schedule 2015-2016
K-12 Admissions Tests
NY Regents

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SAT & SAT II Schedule 2015-2016

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Fee Deadline
October 3, 2015 September 3, 2015 September 18, 2015
November 7, 2015 October 9, 2015 October 23, 2015
December 5, 2015 November 5, 2015 November 20, 2015
January 23, 2016 December 28, 2015 January 8, 2016
March 5, 2016 February 5, 2016 February 19, 2016
May 7, 2016 April 8, 2016 April 22, 2016
June 4, 2016 May 5, 2016 May 20, 2016
The redesigned SAT will be offered beginning in March 2016.
SAT Subject Tests are not offered in March

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ACT Schedule 2015-2016

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Fee Deadline
September 12, 2015 August 7, 2015 August 21, 2015
October 24, 2015 September 18, 2015 October 2, 2015
December 12, 2015 November 6, 2015 November 20, 2015
February 6, 2016 January 8, 2016 January 15, 2016
April 9, 2016 March 4, 2016 March 18, 2016
June 11, 2016 May 6, 2016 May 20, 2016
ACT is not given in New York State in February. Students wishing to register for the February test will need to do so in New Jersey or Connecticut.

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The SAT vs. ACT

Much has been made of the differences between the SAT and ACT, but the two tests are more similar than they are different. Both the SAT and ACT test students’ math reasoning skills, reading comprehension and interpretation, and evaluate writing skills through an essay and multiple choice grammatical questions. Despite these similarities, there are some important differences that students should be aware of before making a decision on which college admissions test(s) to take. Below are the key differences between the SAT and ACT:

Length 3 hours and 45 minutes 3 hours and 25 minutes
(including the optional writing section)
Test Structure 10 sections - 170 questions 5 sections - 215 questions
(including the optional writing section)
(See chart below for score comparison)
Each section is worth up to 800 points. Overall score is the sum of all three sections. Each section is scored out of 36 points. Overall score is an average of all four sections (Writing/English combined).
Math Section Concepts from basic arthimetic to Algebra II (functions). Includes multiple choice and student-produced response questions. Concepts from basic arthimetic to triginometry. Multiple choice questions only.
Reading Section Long passages with reading comprehension questions and sentence completion questions from short passages. Fill-in the blank questions explicitly tests vocabulary. Includes 4 long passages with 10 reading comprehension questions for each passage. Questions do not explicitly test vocabulary.
English (Writing) Section Tests grammar and usage. Tests grammar and usage.
Science Section Not included 40 multiple choice questions testing interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem solving.
Writing (Essay) Section Mandatory Technically optional, but most students select to complete this section
Experimental Section Included in every test, but does not count toward the overall score. Students do not know which section is the experimental. No experimental section
Incorrect Answers Deduct 1/4 point from the raw score for each incorrect multiple choice answer No deductions for incorrect answers
Reporting Scores Score Choice Policy: Students decide which scores to report, but some colleges have rejected this policy. Score Choice Policy: Students decide which scores to report


The following chart depicts comparable ACT and SAT scores:

36 2400
35 2360
34 2280
33 2200
32 2140
31 2070
30 2010
29 1950
28 1890
27 1830
26 1780
25 1720
24 1660
23 1600
22 1540
21 1480
20 1420
19 1360
18 1300
17 1250
16 1190
15 1120
14 1050
13 980
12 920
11 840

K-12 Admissions Tests

There are a host of tests used to evaluate students interested in applying to private and specialized schools. If you are interested in applying to a private or specialized school, you will likely need to take one of the following tests: ISEE, SHSAT, SSAT, TACHS and BJE. Be sure to consult the school’s admissions office to ensure which test you need to take. Once you know which test to take, our passionate Academic Coaches are specially trained to help you prepare. Contact us for a complimentary test prep consultation.

Below are links to more information on the ISEE, SHSAT, SSAT, TACHS and BJE.


Used to evaluate admission to select private schools for grades 5-12.


Used to evaluate admission to select private schools for grades 5-12.


Used to evaluate admission to NYC specialized high schools.


Used to evaluate admission to select Jewish High Schools.


Used to evaluate admission to select Catholic High Schools.


NY Regents

New York State high school students must pass five Regents Exams in order to obtain a diploma: Integrated Algebra, Global History and Geography, U.S. History and Government, Comprehensive English, and Biology/Living Environment. A passing score is a 65 on Regents Exams. Students wishing to receive an advance diploma must also pass an additional science exam, math exam and a foreign language exam.


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