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PSAT - SAT - ACT Testing

Stevenson provides school-day testing and also serves as a host for ACT and SAT national test dates. To see national SAT and ACT testing dates and registration information, please visit our College page.

This is an overview of the 2020-21 testing schedule:

PSAT AP SAT ACT Testing Schedule for 2020-21

*On Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 there will be an optional PSAT/NMSQT offered for Juniors who did not test in Oct. 2020

*Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Dates and Fees

School-Day Testing:
These exams are held in person on a school day.

Stevenson follows the state-mandated sequence for the SAT suite of exams.:

  • Junior year: PSAT in the fall semester and SAT in the spring semester.
  • Sophomore year: PSAT 10 in the spring semester.
  • Freshman year: PSAT 8/9 in the spring semester.

This year, to ensure health and safety regulation compliance, registration is required for the optional, in-school PSAT exams by submitting a Google form that is sent to all eligible students.

The deadline for the PSAT on Oct. 14 has passed. However, we do have a limited amount of extra exams. Please email to check availability about potentially being added to the roster. There is no fee for this exam.

For in-school, SAT exams, students do not need to register and there is no fee. 

ACT in-school exams are also optional and will also require registration through a Google form sent to all eligible students as the test date nears. There is no cost for these exams once registered.

Plans are being made for the following in-person testing for 2020-21 following CDC guidelines. All participants will answer health-screener questions and will have their temperature taken prior to being admitted to the testing areas. Additional safety precautions for examinees is listed below.

  • September 23, 2020*

  • October 6, 2020*

    • ACT (No Writing)

    • for Seniors only

  • October 14, 2020

    • PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors - qualifying exam for potential entry to National Merit Scholarship Program. The registration deadline for the PSAT/NMSQT exam has passed. However, we do have a limited amount of extra exams. Please email to check availability.

    • SAT with Essay for Seniors in Revolution Prep

  • January 26, 2021

    • Optional - PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors who did not test in Oct. 2020

    • Students who have not taken the exam will be automatically registered. Nobody will be turned away for lack of exam quantity

    • Students will be excused from all classes on Jan. 26 should they decide to take this optional exam. Students will be responsible for any missed work, quizzes, or tests

  • March 2, 2021

    • ACT (No Writing)

    • For Juniors only

    • Registration information will be sent to all students closer to the exam date

  • April 13, 2021

    • SAT with Essay for Juniors

    • No registration required; all juniors will be automatically rostered.

  • Additional Spring 2021 Testing Dates for PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9 TBD

*Students approved to take the ACT or SAT with accommodations may test on a different date and will be notified of their testing details via email.

National Test Days: To see national SAT and ACT testing dates and registration information, visit our College page.

Details on each exam are listed below. Contact with questions.


  • Examinees will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire and have their temperature taken on test morning before entering Adlai E Stevenson High School.  Any examinee that has a fever, is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, or provides answers to the health screening questionnaire that indicate possible COVID-19 exposure or illness will be denied admittance.  Examinees that are unable to test must contact College Board or ACT for information about receiving a refund or rescheduling testing.

  • Examinees are required to wear a properly-fitting mask at all times while on the Adlai E Stevenson High School campus.

  • Examinees must provide their own mask.

  • Examinees are expected to maintain social distancing and keep at least six feet apart from others while on the Adlai E Stevenson High School campus.

  • Examinees who do not follow the above health and safety guidelines will be dismissed from testing.

  • While Adlai E Stevenson High School is taking measures to help create a safe testing environment, it isn’t possible to entirely remove the risk of COVID-19 exposure.  Examinees choosing to take the SAT or ACT exam at Adlai E Stevenson High School acknowledge that the World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic, understand the contagious nature of COVID-19 and that it can lead to serious illness or death, and voluntarily assume all risk of COVID-19 exposure or illness.

  • Adlai E. Stevenson High School follows all guidance put forth by the Governor, the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Lake County Health Department.  While Stevenson intends to administer exams in 2020-21 including the ACT exam on October 6, 2020, current public health conditions may require test administrations to be changed or canceled.