Don’t forget to check my list of calculators for the SAT. Test Date Normal Registration Late Registration Aug 29, 2020 Jul 31, 2020 Aug 11, 2020 (mail) Aug 18, 2020 (online/phone) Sep 26, 2020 Aug 26, 2020 Sep 15, 2020 Oct 3, 2020 Sep 4, 2020 Sep 15, 2020 (mail) Sep 22, 2020 (online/phone) Nov 7, 2020 Oct 7, 2020 Oct 20, 2020 (mail) Oct 27, 2020 (online/phone) Dec 5, 2020 Nov 5, 2020 Nov 17, 2020 (mail) Nov 24, 2020 (online/phone) Mar 13, 2021 Feb 12, 2021 Feb 23, 2021 (mail) Mar 2, 2021 (online/phone) May 8, 2021 Apr 8, 2021 Apr 20, 2021 (mail) Apr 27, 2021 (online/phone) Jun 5, 2021 May 6, 2021 May 18, 2021 (mail) May 26, 2021 (online/phone) I’d strongly encourage you to confirm dates and other testing procedures this year before making any decisions at the official SAT site as Covid-19 can cause procedures to change quickly.
I picked the TI-Nspire CX CAS as the best calculator for the SAT. One of the most common students ask before taking the SAT is, “Can I use my calculator on the test?” The answer is yes… if you are careful about which one you bring. You do have to be careful to stick with the SAT’s list of approved calculators. Fortunately, the SAT is more relaxed about what is allowed that many other standardized test companies.
If you missed the news the other day, my home state of Illinois is partially opting out of their 5-year contract with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test. While elementary grades will continue to give the test, high school students are done with it, and instead will receive the SAT as their free, state-mandated test. This leaves PARCC with only 8 states as full participants, not exactly the kind of number you’d like to see for a “national consortium.
UPDATE: Since this post, I’ve done full Kaplan ACT & SAT Prep review. Kaplan has announced they are discounting their “Classroom Anywhere” classes for ACT and SAT prep in September and October. It is a $100 discount from their normal cost of $499. The discount ends on October, so you must enroll by October 31 to take advantage of the special price. You will also need to follow the link above and use the discount code “100AW” to get the discount.
Kaplan is one of the best known names in test prep classes for getting students the extra ACT and SAT practice they need. What is probably less known is that Kaplan now offers online test prep in addition to the traditional classroom courses that they have offered for decades. If you’re anxious about the math test (or any part really) on the SAT or ACT, you might want to consider taking advantage of this type of service for some extra math practice for the test.
UPDATE: Since this post, I’ve more posted a more recent review of Kaplan ACT & SAT Prep. When you’re prepping for the SAT or ACT, one of the best things you can do to improve your score is work on practice math problems. Kaplan is now providing a free tool for getting ACT or SAT practice problems online. Kaplan’s SAT Quizbank and ACT Quizbank allow students to get practice test problems with a lot of flexibility.
One of the rules students tend to overlook for the ACT and SAT is the backup calculator rule. Both tests allow you to bring a backup subject only to the rule that you can’t have both calculators out at once. This means as long as you’ve got one of the calculators under your desk, you are completely within the rules. This is a rule you really can’t afford to overlook for two reasons: