How to Register for The ACT and The SAT


Dear Seniors,

The time has come… for you all to flee the nest. It’s a bitter sweet time for most parents, but we, at Firat Education, have a question for you.

Have you taken your ACT or SAT? Have you even registered?

Time is running out! We prefer students to have taken and received their desired score towards the end of their junior year or the summer prior to starting their senior year.

Fall semester of senior year testing dates are only used in rare instances as back-up dates.

If you’re a senior who has not registered for a test, these are your remaining dates for the fall semester.

Instructions for how to register for both the SAT and ACT.

SAT Registration

It’s a good idea to plan ahead—and get comfy—before you start to register.

  1. Sign in to your free College Board account. Your parent or counselor can’t register for you.
  2. Provide your full, legal name and other identifying information. Make sure it’s the exact same name and information shown on your photo ID.
  3. Decide if you want to answer other questions about yourself. This takes time, but it’s worth it if you want colleges and scholarship organizations to find you.
  4. Decide whether to sign up for the SAT with Essay. See which colleges recommend or require it.
  5. Upload a photo that meets very specific photo requirements.
  6. Check out, and print your Admission Ticket.


ACT Registration

Step 1: The first step is to log into your ACT account here. Create an account if you do not have one

Step 2: Complete “Your Personal Profile.” The important page is the first one: “Your Information.” Make sure all of this information is accurate because this is what they’re using to track your tests.

Step 3: The next major section is “Your Interest Inventory.” Much like the previous section, this is purely optional. The ACT uses this to try to recommend career choices for you, but few students really see this as helpful.

Step 4: Next, we move to “Your Test Selection.” This is where your choices really start to matter.

Step 5: The next page goes over the requirements of the photo of yourself you must upload in order to complete your registration. This photo will be used on test day for identification purposes. You have to upload your photo by the photo deadline (eight days before your test date) or your registration will be cancelled.

Step 6: Next, the ACT asks for the high school courses you’ve taken, and then it asks you to enter grades for each course. Colleges mainly use official high school transcripts but try to be as accurate as possible.

Step 7: Next, you’ll have a chance to add Score Report choices. At this point, you get the ability to send four free score reports to colleges of your choice. However, we strongly recommend against putting any colleges on this recipient list as they will be receiving your scores automatically whether or not you like them. We advise you to send your scores only if you’re satisfied with them — at a later date, for a fee. Slightly more money spent but less headache.

Step 8: Finally, you get to choose your Test Center. This will show you the test centers closest to you, and the best location to take your test might not be your high school.

There is still time to squeeze in test preparation at Firat Education if you need assistance. Contact us today to schedule your educational assessment.