Should I Take the August SAT? Guide to Choosing Fall SAT Test Dates

The College Board administers an SAT on August 26th, 2017 – a newly added test date to the SAT calendar. It falls at the beginning of a busy fall and winter standardized testing schedule, before SATs in October, November, and December.

Here are the SAT test dates this fall:

SAT Test Date Normal Deadline Late Registration* Online Scores Released
August 26, 2017 July 28, 2017 August 11, 2017 September 14, 2017
October 7, 2017 September 8, 2017 September 22, 2017 October 27, 2017
November 4, 2017 October 6, 2017 October 20, 2017 November 23, 2017
December 2, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 17, 2017 December 21, 2017

How Seniors should approach the August SAT:

Seniors who haven’t taken an SAT yet should almost certainly take the SAT in August or October. As Early Action and Early Decision deadlines approach in November and Regular Decision deadlines approach in January, these are some of the last chances you’ll have to get an SAT score you’re happy with.

If you’re applying Early Action or Early Decision

The August or October SATs are the last chance for Early Action and Early Decision applicants to take the test in time to submit scores to colleges. Since most early application deadlines fall on November 1st and November 15th, scores from the November and December scores won’t be released in time to submit to those colleges.

If you’re applying Regular Decision

The August or October SATs are the second-to-last chance for Regular Decision applicants to take the test in time to submit scores to colleges. Here are the three combinations of test dates that work if you’re applying Regular Decision:

  • August & November
  • August & December
  • October & December

Fall SAT Timeline for Seniors

August 26th

  • Possible last chance for EA/ED applicants
  • Possible second-to-last chance for RD applicants

October 7th

  • Possible last chance for EA/ED applicants
  • Possible second-to-last chance for RD applicants

November 4th

  • Possible last chance for most RD applicants

December 2nd

  • Last chance for most RD applicants

Here’s how fall 2017 SAT test dates stack up against eachother:

SAT Test Dates

How Juniors should approach the August SAT:

Juniors who haven’t taken the SAT often should plan to take the SAT twice throughout the fall and winter to wrap up testing before second semester rolls around. There’s no pedagogical reason for this; it’s simply a matter of scheduling. The summer before Junior year is a great chance to fit in test prep because students tend to have more free time. Also, the spring semester of Junior year is typically busier than the fall. So that three-to-four month window from July to October can be the sweet spot for Rising Juniors who want to get testing out of the picture before second semester.

Schedule two test dates before second semester rolls around:

If you want to be done with the SAT before second semester of Junior year, you can plan for these three combinations of test dates:

  • August & November
  • August & December
  • October & December

Fall SAT Timeline for Juniors

August 26th

  • Possible first try at the SAT

October 7th

  • Possible first try at the SAT

November 4th

  • Possible second try at the SAT

December 2nd

  • Possible second try at the SAT

When are scores released for the August SAT?

The College Board typically releases SAT scores three weeks following the test date, though score release dates have been known to vary. The projected August SAT score release date is Thursday, September 21st. We’re keeping tabs on expected score release dates for the August SAT here.

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