ACT/SAT

REQUIRED BY STATE OF TENNESSEE
 
Applicable Federal/State Law

Administered in accordance with T.C.A §49-6-6001(b).

 
Purpose & Use

These exams are used to measure college readiness and HOPE scholarship eligibility for 11th graders.

 

Reference Frequently Asked Questions here.  

 

TDOE ACT-SAT webpage lists helpful resources for test administration and preparation

 
Administration Window
 
ACT:
 
♦ ACT Test Administration Opportunities for Juniors and Seniors for SY2021

Due to school closures across the state of TN, ACT has made the following testing opportunities available (pending health restrictions being lifted).

  • June 13, 2020 -  ACT National Testing Date - Vouchers Available - Contact your School ACT Coordinator/Counseling Office for more information.
  • July 18, 2020 - ACT National Testing Date - Vouchers Available - Contact your School ACT Coordinator/Counseling Office for more information.
 
Juniors -
  • TN Statewide ACT Assessment: In-school on March 2, 2021. This test administration will be open to all Juniors (and Seniors who have never taken the ACT). 
 
Seniors -
  • Senior Retake Day: In-school September 22 (with make-up dates of October 6 and 20, 2020) 
    • This is the fall 2020 senior retake date. Due to spring 2020 school closures, this is the first time the majority of students will be taking the ACT.
  • TN Statewide ACT Assessment: In-school on March 2, 2021 (with make-up date of March 30, 2021). 
    • Seniors who missed all prior opportunities to test at school may also take the ACT for the first time in the spring with Juniors on the in-school, state testing date.
 
 
ACT Fee Waiver Program - Students (Juniors or Seniors), regardless of previous ACT participation, who meet ACT’s guidelines for “economically disadvantaged” may request up to two fee waivers from ACT to take the test on a national test date free of charge. Students should check with the school counselors for details. 
 
 
 
Students may also take the ACT on a national test date administered by ACT (at their own expense or with a qualifying fee waiver voucher). These test dates are listed at ACT Registration | Test Dates in the U.S., U.S. Territories, and Canada. 
 
SAT:
 
Students may also take the SAT at a test center on the dates listed at US SAT Registration.
 
 
Length of Assessment
 
ACT:
English: 45 minutes (75 questions)
Math: 60 minutes (60 questions)
Reading: 35 minutes (40 questions)
Science: 35 minutes (40 questions)
Writing: (optional) 30 minutes (1 prompt)
 
SAT:
Reading: 65 minutes (52 questions)
Writing: 35 minutes (44 questions)
Math: 80 minutes (58 questions)
Essay: (optional) 50 minutes (1 prompt) 
 
 
Source for SAT information (SAT website)  
 
Results to Parents & Students
 
For ACT, student level reports are provided to student approximately three to eight weeks after the administration of the assessment by ACT.
 
For SAT, student-level reports are provided to students approximately three to eight weeks after the administration of the assessment by College Board. You may find information about the delivery of student level scores at SAT Scores
 
For more information, please go to this link