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Standardized Testing (SAT/ACT)

The SAT and ACT Tests

Most colleges will require scores from either the SAT or the ACT in their application.  No school requires both.  We are unaware of any school that will not accept either one, with no preference. Please be aware that due to the COVID-19 Pandemic some colleges are going test optional.

You must register for these tests directly with the companies that offer them.  You can do this online.  Registration deadlines are generally one month prior to the test in the case of SAT, and five weeks before the test date for the ACT.  White Plains High School is a very popular regional test center. Students throughout the area test at our school.  As a result, if you wish to test here you must register well before the deadline for your test date.  If you don’t, WPHS is likely to be at capacity and you will be directed to your second or third choice testing location.  Please remember to register early!  

The SAT is a three hour test that includes a Reading Test, a Writing and Language Test, and a Math Test.  Usually taken in the spring of the junior year, the test can be repeated several times in the junior and senior years.  Two relevant publications are available in the guidance offices and the College and Career Center: SAT Preparation Booklet and the SAT Registration Booklet.   The College Board offers test prep on their website:   You can register for the SAT online at

The ACT has four parts:  English, Math, Reading and Science and an optional writing section.  It is an alternative to the SAT.  It is scored differently from the SAT, is shorter in length, and there is no penalty for guessing.  Since there are several subsections, some of the sub-scores may be used by some colleges and universities.  The ACT offers test prep on their website:   You can register for the ACT online at

Most students who take both the SAT and the ACT tests find that their scores are quite comparable.  However, in some cases the student scores significantly better on one test or the other.  Students are encouraged to take practice tests in both, see how they feel in each environment and also how they score on each.  If a student scores markedly better on one than the other, the student should register for and prepare for that test.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Having an IEP or 504 Plan does not entitle you to those same accommodations with the College Board or ACT.  You must apply directly to the College Board and/or the ACT and be approved for accommodations by them in order to have any modifications on their examinations.

The College Board application for accommodations needs to be completed just once for all PSAT, SAT Reasoning, and AP tests.  More information regarding College Board Services for Students with Disabilities can be found at


The ACT has a slightly different process to apply for accommodations, completely separate from the College Board process.  More information about ACT Services for Students with Disabilities can be found at


More information about services for students with disabilities from both testing companies is available in the Guidance Offices and linked to the Guidance website.



Fee Waivers

Both ACT and the College Board have fee waivers available to students who receive free or reduced price lunch.  If you qualify for this accommodation, please speak to your child’s school counselor for further information.


Free standardized testing and college planning publications are available to students and parents in the Guidance Offices and in the College and Career Center.  If you are interested in learning more, please visit the following web sites:   or



Bring sharpened #2 pencils, calculators and a school or government issued ID card

For tests listed below, you must independently register and pay for testing. 

Fee waivers are available for students who receive free/reduced lunch.  Ask your school counselor for more information or stop by the College & Career Center.

SAT Test Dates 2022-2023

Dates with * are offered at WPHS

SAT $55.00 registration fee; Late Registration Fee:  $30.00

SAT Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

October 2*

September 3

September 21

November 6

October 8

October 26

December 4*

November 4

November 23

March 12*

February 11

March 1

May 7*

April 8

April 26

June 4*

May 5

May 25


ACT Test Dates 2022-2023

Dates with * are offered at WPHS

$60.00 for ACT; $85.00 for ACT Plus Writing; Late Registration Fee:  $36.00


Test Date

Registration Deadline

  Late Registration Deadline

September 22

August 6

August 20

October 23*

September 17

October 1

December 11

November 5

November 19

February 12

January 7

January 21

April 2*

February 25

March 11

June 11*

May 6

May 20

July 16**

June 17

June 24

**No ACT Test Centers Scheduled in New York in July