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College Testing

2017/2018 ACT/SAT Test Dates

See the College Board (for SAT) and ACT websites to register for the tests below.

ACT Test Dates

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration - Fee Required  Scores (likely) Available  
September 9, 2017 August 4, 2017 August 5-18, 2017 September 19, 2017  
October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017  September 23-Oct. 6, 2017 November 14, 2017  
December 9, 2017* November 3, 2017 November 4-17, 2017 December 21, 2017  
February 10, 2018 January 12, 2018 January 13-19, 2018 February 21, 2018  
April 14, 2018* March 9, 2018 March 10-23, 2018 April 24, 2018  
June 9, 2018* May 4, 2018 May 5-18, 2018 June 21, 2018  
July 14, 2018 June 15, 2018 June 16-22, 2018 TBD  

*Test Information Release – test questions, your answers, and an answer key are available (for a fee) when testing at a national test center on these dates.


SAT and SAT Subject Test Dates

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Deadline for Changes
August 26, 2017 July 28, 2017

August 8, 2017 (mailed)
August 15, 2017 (online/phone)

August 15, 2017
October 7, 2017* September 8, 2017 September 19, 2017 (mailed)
September 27, 2017 (online/phone)
September 27, 2017
November 4, 2017 October 5, 2017 October 17, 2017 (mailed)
October 25, 2017 (online/phone)
October 25, 2017
December 2, 2017 November 2, 2017 November 14, 2017 (mailed)
November 21, 2017 (online/phone)
November 21, 2017
March 10, 2018 February 9, 2018 February 20, 2018 (mailed)
February 28, 2018 (online/phone)
February 28, 2018
May 5, 2018* April 6, 2018 April 17, 2018 (mailed)
April 25, 2018 (online/phone)
April 25, 2018
June 2, 2018 May 3, 2018 May 15, 2018 (mailed)
May 23, 2018 (online/phone)
May 23, 2018

*Question and Answer Service – test questions and answers and student’s answers are available for a fee.


Standardized Testing Strategies

We try to help students get into the programs of their choice by offering testing strategies.

PSAT/NMSQT (Nat'l Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) – All Clark Sophmores and Juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT FREE of charge here at Clark in the fall. For Sophmores, it is simply practice testing; for Juniors, the test not only gives them practice for the SAT but determines whether they qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program.  We recommend pratice PSAT tests for students who want to improve their chances of winning this scholarship (see Practice Testing, below).

Early SAT & ACT - Juniors planning  to attend a 4-year college are encouraged to take an early ACT and SAT. This helps us evaluate the best test strategy for each student.

FREE ACT at Clark - Juniors also have the opportunity to take the state-wide ACT (free of charge) here at Clark in April.

Second SAT - Many students will take a second SAT at the end of their junior year, and we remind all students about the opportunity to do that.

SAT Subject Tests - Some colleges require SAT subject tests. We advise students who might attend one of these colleges to take the subject tests immediately after they have studied the related subject matter in school.

We encourage juniors to complete their college testing by the end of their junior year.

Note: Fee waivers are available for those with a need.

PSAT/NMSQT score report

Below are some links to help you access and understand your PSAT score reports:

How to access your PSAT score reports

Understanding your PSAT score reports

Should you test again? (for the ACT or SAT)

Consider retesting if one or more of the following applies to you:

  • Did you have any problems during the tests, like misunderstanding the directions or feeling ill?
  • Do you think your scores do not accurately represent your abilities?
  • Are your ACT scores what you expected based on your high school grades?
  • Have you taken more coursework or an intensive review in the areas covered?
  • Do you want to apply to a college that requires or recommends the Writing Test?

If you decide to retake a test, take advantage of the practice testing options, below:

Practice Testing

We recommend that students do practice testing in order to improve their chances of doing well on standardized tests. Several of the practice testing options below are free of charge.

  • FREE, in-person practice tests

Go to the Princeton Review Test webpage, click the "Test Prep" tab at the top and then choose from the list which test you want to practice--PSAT, SAT, or ACT; then click "Free Practice Tests, Events & Seminars" at the top of the page, put your zip code in the box to the right, scroll to the bottom of the page to a green button that says "Find Sessions Near Me," and you'll come to a page where you can register to take free, in-person practice tests at locations in Cincinnati. 


  • Private tutoring

Renowned Cincinnati tutor Martha Gellar offers some free ACT workshops as well as other testing courses that you pay for. To learn more about her practice test offerings or to register, go to Martha's Education for Testing webpage. If you'd like to learn about other private tutoring opportunities, talk to post-secondary advisors Amy, Jenny, or Steffanie.

Contact Amy Murray , Jenny Lutes, or Steffanie Gentile, to learn more about our services around college testing.