Your Teen’s Summer SAT/ACT Exam Prep Calendar

By Huntington Learning Center

School may be out for summer, but if your teen is college bound in a couple of years, this is a perfect time for him or her to study for the SAT or ACT. “It’s difficult for most teens to put in the kind of time they need to during the school year to study effectively for college entrance exams,” says Elieen Huntington, Co-Founder and CEO of Huntington Learning Center. “However, with school on break and many extracurricular activities on hiatus, summer gives teens the opportunity to focus on exam prep.”

To encourage teens to make the most of their studying and stay on track, Huntington offers this two-month study schedule:

Month one:

  • Get familiar with the exam(s) by taking an initial evaluation test.
  • Choose either the SAT or ACT based on the results of the evaluation (and any college preferences).
  • Identify strong and weak areas and develop a targeted study plan.
  • Create a study schedule by exam section and sub-section. Based on the outcome of the initial evaluation test, some sections may require more or less attention.
  • Study a few days a week according to a customized prep schedule.
  • Get familiar with different problem types (multiple choice, student-produced response questions, improving sentence questions, etc.)

Month two:

  • Take a full-length, timed practice test at the beginning of the month.
  • Delve more deeply into the different exam sections, targeting weaker areas.
  • Continue to study a few days a week according to a customized prep schedule.
  • Improve on question types where the lowest practice scores are received.
  • Adjust the study schedule as needed based on weaker sections.
  • Work on exam time management by learning the structure of the exam and building skills such as quickly ruling out obviously incorrect answers.
  • Spend time learning how the exam you are taking is scored and adjust test-taking strategies and pacing accordingly.
  • Take a full-length, timed practice test at the end of the month.

Make sure your teen also registers for the exam early. For both the ACT and the SAT, registration deadlines are approximately four weeks before test dates. Here are the 2018-2019 exam dates:




August 25, 2018

September 8, 2018

October 6, 2018

October 27, 2018

November 3, 2018

December 8, 2018

December 1, 2018

February 9, 2019*

March 9, 2019

April 13, 2019

May 4, 2019

June 8, 2019

June 1, 2019

July 13, 2019*


*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the February and July test dates. No test centers are scheduled in California for the July test date.

If your teen needs help studying for the SAT or ACT, call Huntington. “Huntington’s customized test prep courses first help students identify their strengths and weaknesses so that their studying is precise and not haphazard,” says Huntington. “We also work on test-taking strategies, give tips for staying focused and calm during the exams, and prepare students with what to expect.” To learn more about Huntington’s individualized test prep services, call 1 800 CAN LEARN.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at For franchise opportunities please visit  


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