Preparing for College

Planning for college can seem like a daunting task for both students and their families. So much needs to be done–in so little time–that it’s hard to know where to even begin.

Finding information on college readiness isn’t the problem. In fact, it’s often the opposite: there is so much information available that it can quickly become overwhelming for even the most organized researcher, especially without the proper context.

At every step in the process, the timing of your actions will be of critical importance. One of the most commonly requested items from both students and their parents is a calendar of events to help keep their efforts on track.

Web Resources


Test Prep

Testing Resources (Sign up required)


SAT Dates and Deadlines

Standardized Testing Benchmarks (minimum score)

SAT Exam:  Math (530)    |    Reading and Writing (480)

SAT Resources
SAT Student Guide
SAT Registration Day Checklist
Official SAT Practice
SAT Practice
Interpreting SAT Scores
Princeton Review Free SAT Online Demo and Test
Free SAT Practice Tests (with scoring)

Local SAT Test Prep Classes

USF Sarasota-Manatee
State College of Florida



Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Estimated Score Release
October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017 September 23-October 6, 2017 November 7, 2017
December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 4-17, 2017 December 19, 2017
February 10, 2018 January 12, 2018 January 13-19, 2018 February 20, 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 19, 2018
July 14, 2018 June 15, 2018 June 16-22, 2018 July 24, 2018

Standardized Testing Benchmarks (minimum score)

ACT Exam:  English (18)    |    Reading (22)    |
Science (23)    |    Math (22)


ACT Resources
ACT Prep and Resources

8 Tools to Help You Prepare for the ACT
Princeton Review Free ACT Online Demo and Test
ACT Practice Questions, Tutorials and Flashcards
ACT Practice Questions, Video Summaries and Study Guides
Free ACT Practice Tests (with scoring)