Ohio juniors are given the ACT or the SAT in the late winter or early spring of their junior year.
It is taken during the school day, during the week – not on a Saturday. This test counts as a REAL ACT or SAT to send to colleges too!
Tips for Successful State ACT-SAT Testing
Know your test date!
Don’t assume it’s the same as last year's juniors. These dates vary from year to year. There are also multiple test dates from which schools choose. So your date may not be the same as your sibling’s date last year, maybe not even the same month! And it could be different from your friend in a neighboring school district. For the Greater Cincinnati area, below are the 2023 known test dates we’ve verified with your school.
Once you see it here, verify it again with your school – we can’t be responsible for being given misinformation. If your school is not on the list, they’ve not responded to our request; let us know when you have it, and we’ll update our list!
Align prep to your test date.
At LEAP our data since 1999 shows students who prep before a first attempt ultimately test fewer times and spend less time and money on testing.
Create a prep timeline that ends within a week to 10 days of your actual test date for best results. See LEAP test prep options here.
Complete your personal test information correctly.
Weeks prior to state test day, students will complete the personal information during the school day.
For students with an existing ACT or SAT account from registering for an ACT or SAT prior to taking your state test, it’s vital your name and home mailing address match exactly on state test date and in your ACT account. After testing, these two will merge into one online account. Not having an exact match will slow the process and create a delay in receiving your scores.
Consider whether you want to have your scores automatically sent to colleges before you see them. If you'd rather see them first, don't list school for the up to 4 free score reports you can send. Instead, pay to send them later. Parents, be sure you discuss this with your students well in advance.
Have a testing plan.
The state test shouldn't be a college-bound student's only test date. Plan for at least three test dates. Students who perform well on the first two, may not need to utilize the third date.
There’s an 8-month window in which a student should take their first test. Knowing which is right for YOU is key. Attend our next ACT-SAT Planning Workshop and learn:
- How to make the best choice between the SAT and ACT
- When your child should ideally take the first(and last) test - create a personalized timeline
- How much preparation is typically needed for best scores
- Know how “test-optional” policies impact admissions
Leave with a solid, individualized plan for your child's college entrance testing saving you time and money.
Greater Cincinnati State ACT-SAT
Test Dates for 2023
(Class of 2024)