Winter Term Information for Phillips Academy Families

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Standardized Testing

The College Board and the ACT continue to update their web pages with the most current information regarding the AP, SAT/SAT Subject Tests, and ACT exams.

Standardized Testing Updates:

Due to the latest campus plans for winter term, the Academy’s 2020–2021 standardized testing calendar has been updated. Phillips Academy will no longer be hosting any PSAT, SAT, or ACT exams during winter term. Interested students are encouraged to seek opportunities to test near their homes.

The Academy intends to host standardized testing in spring term if health and safety protocols allow.


If it’s safe from a public health standpoint, College Board will provide weekend SAT administrations in December, March, May and June. Students can register for these exams now. Students should review the Phillips Academy testing schedule posted on this page to determine a test location.


ACT is closely working with test site administrators and monitoring guidance from the CDC, state government and local public health guidelines. They are preparing to support test centers who are cleared to administer the ACT in December, February, April, June and July. Students should review the Phillips Academy testing schedule posted on this page to determine a test location.

Standardized Testing at Phillips Academy

Phillips Academy is a Test Center for a variety of standardized tests on the dates listed below. To register for these exams go to the appropriate test website:,,, Students register for the PSAT and AP exams through the Standardized Testing Office.

Because test registration is a fluid process, specific test directions and locations are listed on our calendar about two weeks before each exam.

Standby Testers

The Testing Boards have changed their security procedures and no longer allow walk-in testing. You must go to the testing websites to sign up for wait-list testing. You must have an Admission Ticket in order to test (except PSAT and AP testing).

Special Accommodations

Our test center can generally accommodate test takers with special accommodations. These tests are generally given in a separate room. We are NOT permitted to take students with special accommodations on a standby basis. Students must apply for and be granted accommodations by the respective testing boards.

Inclement Weather

Phillips Academy is a boarding school and rarely closes due to inclement weather. If conditions make it unsafe to conduct a test, we will post a voicemail on 978.749.4376 by 6:30 a.m. on the morning of the test.


Snyder Center is located at 220 South Main Street. This is south of the Main Street/Salem Street intersection, near mile marker 144.6. Park in the Borden Gym parking lot at the intersection of Dwight Street and South Main Street. Walk through the brick pillars up the walkway to Snyder Center.

Morse Hall is located at 16 Salem Street just before the intersection with Highland Road. Turn into the Gelb Science Building parking lot off of Salem Street. Signs near the playground will direct you across the quad to Morse Hall.

2020-2021 Schedule:

October 29, 2020
PSAT (Completed)

November 7, 2020
SAT (Cancelled)

January 16, 2021
PreACT (Cancelled, no local options)

January 26, 2021
PSAT (for those who did NOT test in October) Check the College Board website to identify local schools and inquire directly with schools for availability.

February 6, 2021
ACT (Campus testing cancelled) Check ACT website to determine local availability.

March 13, 2021
SAT (No campus testing) Check College Board website to determine local availability.

April 17, 2021

ACT (PA 11th graders only, testing office will send registration information.)

April 27, 2021
SAT (PA 11th graders only, testing office will send registration information.)

May 3-14, 2021
AP Exams (PA students only, testing office will send registration information.)

June 5, 2021
SAT (Open testing, register on College Board website.)