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January 18th, 2018

Planning Ahead: SAT and ACT Registration Tips

While preparing to take the SAT or ACT is undoubtedly a lot of work, sometimes the registration process itself can be stressful. Your ability to plan ahead and closely follow instructions is critical for ensuring that you register for your test correctly and efficiently.

Once you begin preparation, it’s time to register for the test. Here are two helpful test registration tips:

Register early and be aware of registration deadlines. It’s important that you educate yourself about upcoming test dates as soon as possible. Once you create an online account at collegeboard.org (SAT) or actstudent.org (ACT), you can easily register for your test and print your admission ticket. Most experts recommend registering for your test at least 8 weeks before your preferred test date. Be aware that there are stringent registration deadlines!  For example, you’ll be charged a hefty late fee if you’re one to three weeks late to register. Registering early ensures that you are able to choose your desired test site.

Complete photo submission requirements. For test security, you must upload a recent photo of yourself when you register online for your test. It makes sense to do this during the initial registration process, even though you can do it later. Your registration may be canceled if your photo is not submitted at least a week before the test. In addition to fulfilling photo submission requirements, you must bring a separate valid photo ID to your testing site on test day. You will not be allowed to test without a printed admission ticket with your photo and a valid photo ID!

When it comes to signing up for your test, timing and attention to detail are critical. Using the tips above to be proactive about your registration can significantly alleviate stress leading up to your official test date.

Do you need support preparing for the SAT or ACT? Test Preps can help! Contact Melissa Cook at (716) 574-7349 to learn more about our services.

 

Sources:
https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/essay
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