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2020/2021 ACT and SAT Dates

SAT DATES 2020-2021


Late Registration 

December 5 2020

November 5 2020

November 17 2020

March 13 2021

February 12 2021

February 23 2021

May 8 2021

April 8 2021

April 20 2021 

June 5 2021

May 6 2021

May 18 2021

August 28 2021



ACT DATES 2020-2021


Late Registration 

December 12 2020

November 6 2020

November 7-20 2020

February 6 2021

January 5 2021 

January 6-20 2021

April 17 2021

March 12 2021

March 13-26 2021

June 12 2021

May 7 2021

May 8-21 2021

July 17 2021

June 18 2021

June 19-25 2021


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