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The Role of Standardized Testing in College Planning

Beginning with the Class of 2023 we are once again recommending that all our students

plan to take either the SAT or ACT as part of their college planning process. While most

universities and colleges continue to be test optional, students applying to public

universities in the states of Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee, as well as to MIT, will be

required to submit a test score as part of their admission application.

Additionally, the experience of our students from the Class of 2022 indicated that those

who submitted test scores had higher acceptance rates and received higher merit

scholarships. Rather than limit students’ options, therefore, we are collaborating with

our rising juniors and seniors to prep for either the SAT or ACT this summer and

register to take an official test late summer/early fall.

Come application submission time, we will still guide our students strategically on which

universities and colleges to submit their scores. When a student’s test score is in the

middle 50% range or higher of last year’s admitted class to a given school, we

recommend scores are submitted. If the student’s score is lower than the middle 50%

range than last year’s admitted class, we recommend they do not submit their score.

What’s New

The College Board announced earlier this year that it will be rolling out a digital version

of the SAT beginning next year.

Many juniors around the world have been invited to take part in a digital SAT pilot

program. Students who participate in the pilot also needed to take either the March or

May paper test so the College Board will have a one-to-one comparison. So far, the

technology is working well. There have not been any reports of students losing

connection or having their device crash during the test.

Early feedback from students is they like the digital SAT and seem to appreciate the

features added. One simple feature that’s been reducing stress is having access to the

clock. There is a timer which tells students how much time they have left. Also, with the

digital SAT, students don’t have to flip through pages to look at the question’s text.

With the integration of the Desmos graphing calculator, students can find answers to

math problems visually. Even with this feature, some students may still prefer to use

their trusted TI-84 that they use in their math classes.

While the math sections are much like the paper and pencil version of the SAT, the

reading and writing sections are different, with shorter passages with only one question

each. This varies from the current version which has multiple questions for each


The College Board plans to roll out the digital SAT internationally beginning in 2023 and

in the U.S. in 2024.

2022-23 SAT and ACT Test Dates

SAT test dates for the coming academic year are:

  • August 27, 2022

  • October 1, 2022

  • November 5, 2022

  • December 3, 2022

  • March 11, 2023

  • May 6, 2023

  • June 3, 2023

ACT Test Dates for the coming academic year are:

  • September 10, 2022

  • October 22, 2022

  • December 10, 2022

  • February 11, 2023

  • April 15, 2023

  • June 10, 2023

  • July 15, 2023*

Royal College Consulting is now registering students from the classes of 2025 and

2026. We still offer a complimentary consultation and would be happy to schedule one with you and your student. Just complete the form here and we will contact you to

schedule a consultation.


This blog was written Janice Royal, MA. She is the Founder and CEO of Royal College Consulting.

Let's get started! Click here to book a complimentary discovery call with Janice.


Phone: (714) 319-0399


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