A: Both the SAT and ACT are administered multiple times per year (Sept through June). There are several things for parents and their students to consider: Plan on taking the test at least 2 times and begin preparing for the tests at least a year before the first deadline for college admission or scholarships. Also, consider which high school classes have been taken –test scores will be higher after the student has taken Geometry and Algebra II. Finally, think about how many other activities that are going on in a particular month and try to register for the test when there is the least amount of stress or distractions. This way your student can focus on test preparation. Keep in mind that the last chance to take them for January college admission deadlines is usually the November/December SAT and ACT test dates of his Senior year.