Dear Academic Approach Families & Colleagues:

Today, we’re sharing some test date updates for ACT and SAT. We’re also sharing more details on school openings in the fall, with the Illinois State Board of Education’s new recommendations for school reopenings released today.

Test Date Updates
This afternoon, ACT announced 3 new fall test dates they are adding to the national testing schedule: September 19, October 10, and October 17. With additional national Saturday and Sunday test dates, there are now 8 total fall opportunities for students to take the ACT. These test dates will all include ACT’s “planned enhancements,” including online testing at select sites and superscoring, but will not allow single-section retesting to provide more opportunities for first-time test takers in need of full ACT scores. ACT is also working with schools and districts to provide additional school day options. Here is the updated ACT schedule for this fall:


  • Saturday, September 12 (existing)
  • Sunday, September 13 (non-Saturday, existing)
  • Saturday, September 19 (new)


  • Saturday, October 10 (new)
  • Saturday, October 17 (new)
  • Saturday, October 24 (existing)
  • Sunday, October 25 (non-Saturday, existing)


  • Saturday, December 12 (existing)

Illinois also released the fall school-day SAT test date this week. The school day SAT for rising seniors will be on October 14th this fall, replacing the test that was canceled in April of 2020.

Illinois School Reopening Requirements Announced
Today, Illinois also released its plan and recommendations for school reopenings this fall. The state is strongly recommending that schools resume in-person instruction if they are able to adhere to the state’s guidelines including the use of personal protective equipment and allowing for social distancing. They also require increased cleaning and health monitoring and mandate no groups larger than 50. Districts are directed to develop plans appropriate to their context.

The recommendations and guidelines strongly prioritize in-person learning for high-need students and students under the age of 13. For schools that are unable to meet the guidelines, however, the state instead allows for the development of “Remote Blended Learning” schedules that combine e-learning and in-person instruction. The state will provide masks to all students and staff across the state and are procuring safety and cleaning supplies for schools. Should conditions and progress in reducing spread of COVID across Illinois change as we head into the fall, the state’s guidelines may change as well.

We’re continuing to work with families and schools to support them in developing plans for student learning and college readiness. If you have a question about how these announcements may impact your student’s tutoring program, please reach out to us.
Be well,
Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D., Founder & CEO