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S. Hamilton, MA  01982   
Phone: 978-468-0400
Fax:  978-468-0241
Safe Arrival Line: 978-468-0420


SAT & ACT Test Dates for 2021-2022

SAT Test Dates Registration Deadline  ACT Test Dates Registration Deadline
August 28, 2021 July 30, 2021 September 11, 2021 August 6, 2021
October 2, 2021 September 3, 2021 October 23, 2021 September 17, 2021
November 6, 2021 October 8, 2021 December 11, 2021 November 5, 2021
December 4, 2021 November 4, 2021 February 12, 2022 January 7, 2022
March 12, 2022 February 11, 2022 April 2, 2022 February 25, 2022
May 7, 2022 April 8, 2022 June 11, 2022 May 6, 2022
June 4, 2022 May 5, 2022 July 16, 2022 June 17,2022


Standardized Testing

As the subject matter of high school courses and grading standards vary widely, the Admissions Testing Service of the College Board has developed tests which provide a common standard against which all students may be compared. There are two types of tests that may be required for college admissions. They are the SAT Reasoning Test and the SAT Subject Test, formerly referred to as the SAT II.   

SAT Reasoning Test  -  Link

Listed below are some of the key changes the College Board made to the SAT to make it more focused, clear and useful.

  • It better reflects what you learn in class. The best way to practice for the redesigned SAT is to take challenging courses in high school and work hard in those courses.
  • SAT vocabulary words are gone.
  • There’s no penalty for guessing. You’ll receive points for the questions you get right, but won’t be penalized for choosing the wrong answer.
  • It focuses more on the math that matters most for college and a wide variety of careers.
  • Free practice for all students. College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to provide free SAT practice materials that can be personalized for you.

 Timing:   3 hours; 3 hours 50 minutes with the optional essay

  • 1 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Test – 65 minute Reading section, 35 minute Language and Writing section.
  • I Math test – 55 minute section with calculator, 25 minute section without calculator.
  • 1 Essay – optional – 50 minutes


  • No wrong-answer penalty
  • Score is based out of 1600; 800 for Math, 800 for Evidences-Based Reading and Writing, optional Essay will receive a separate score
  • Sub-scores and insight scores are available

 Reading & Writing

  • Reading and Writing are combined into “Evidence-Based Reading and Writing”
  • Reading section does not contain sentence completion
  • This section tests understanding from US and World Literature, History/Social Studies, and Sciences
  • Writing and Language section tests “Expression of Ideas” and “Standard English Conventions” through passages relating to Careers, History/Social Studies, Humanities, and Science.


  • Concentrated focus on problem-solving and data analysis, “the heart of Algebra”, “Passport to Advanced Math”
  • Real-world problem solving accompanied by informational graphics
  • Calculator permitted for 37 questions, not permitted for 20 questions
  • Multiple choice and grid-in questions, 1 enhanced grid-in question

SAT Subject Tests

These tests are one-hour exams designed to measure knowledge and the ability to apply knowledge in specific subject disciplines. A student may select up to three tests on any one test date. The SAT Subject Test in Writing is no longer being administered because the SAT Reasoning Test will include a writing test. This change has led some colleges and universities to change their admission policies on SAT Subject Tests.  Please visit for a list of college SAT Subject Test requirements or recommendations.

Like the SAT, scores range from 200-800. Tests are given in a wide range of math, science, social studies and world language areas. Colleges use SAT Subject Tests for admissions and placement purposes. As some colleges require these tests, it is important that the student fully research the requirements of the colleges of their choice.

It is extremely important to be aware of the testing deadlines for registration as the cost increases significantly for late or walk-in registrations and the student cannot be assured that there will be room in their first choice testing site.

The American College Testing Program (ACT)  -  Link

Another testing program which is frequently used for college admissions are those offered by the American College Testing Program (ACT). This testing system is separate from the College Entrance Examination Board which offers the SAT. It is primarily used by schools in the mid-west, west and south. Students applying to colleges in these geographical areas are advised to carefully research which testing program is required by the schools of their choice. The American College Test, ACT, is a battery of tests consisting of four exams in the academic areas of English Usage, Mathematics Usage, Social Studies Reasoning, and Natural Sciences Reading. Four separate scores, plus a composite score average of the tests, are given. The ACT offers an optional Writing Test that is taken only if a student intends to apply to a college/university that requires it. Students should visit to determine if any of the colleges that they are considering require a writing test. Dates for administration do not conflict with the College Board SAT exams. Some college will accept either the ACT or the SAT scores; others will specify which test is required. Students may obtain information about the ACT in the guidance office, or online at

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)

Taking the PSAT/NMSQT is the best way to start practicing for the SAT. The PSAT/NMSQT is typically taken by juniors and some sophomores before they take the SAT, and includes actual SAT questions to help them practice. It is administered in Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, and in most other area schools, in October. The Score Report that students receive on-line through their College Board account will assist their learning through an analysis of how they did on every question, plus a complete explanation of every answer.  Students can also register for Khan Academy and be provided with personalized SAT review based upon an analysis of their PSAT scores. The test is also a requirement for juniors to qualify for the scholarship competitions sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship program (NMSQT).  A member of the Massachusetts School Counselors Association created the following video that will guide students through their PSAT on-line score report.

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