SAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

If you are student planning to take the SAT, one of the first steps in the process is to know when the test is being administered. This knowledge will allow you to determine which SAT test date works best for you, both in terms of fitting into your busy schedule and providing you with an adequate amount of time to prepare. Whether you’re taking the SAT for the first time or taking it again, knowing all of the SAT test dates – not just the next one – should be a part of your overall college planning process.

So, with that in mind, here are the upcoming SAT test dates:

SAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines 2017

SAT Test Date Normal Deadline Late Registration* Online Scores Released
December 2, 2017 November 2, 2017 November 21, 2017 December 21st, 2017
March 10, 2018 February 9, 2018 February 20, 2018 March 22nd, 2018
May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018 April 25, 2018 May 24th, 2018

Projected SAT Test Dates in 2017 and 2018

SAT Test Date Normal Deadline Late Registration* Online Scores Released
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
March 10, 2018 February 9, 2018 February 23, 2018 March 29, 2018
May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018 April 20, 2018 May 24, 2018

*Late Registration is one week earlier if you are registering by mail.

**This is the last possible date for seniors applying to start in Fall of 2017 to take the test to have scores back in time to send to schools. Only if applying Regular Decision.

Stay on Top of SAT Test Dates and Deadlines

As SAT test dates come and go, students are prone to falling behind schedule. Of course with a full plate of sports, schoolwork, activities and friends, sixteen- and seventeen-year olds will almost undoubtedly deprioritize test prep. Like paying taxes or going to the gym, prepping for the SAT or ACT is important but not urgent.

The best way for parents to make sure students don’t fall behind schedule is to be aware of upcoming test dates. And we created an email newsletter to alert families of every deadline they need to know.

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Before deciding which SAT test date is right for you, it’s important to be aware of a few points:

  • Note that the most significant change to the SAT test date schedule for 2017-2018 is that an SAT will no longer be administered in January.
  • If you’re taking the test outside of the U.S., the SAT is not offered in June or November (only SAT subject tests are available on those dates).
  • Right now, the SAT hasn’t released registration deadlines for the 2017-18 SAT test dates, but it’s safe to bet that the deadlines for regular registration will be approximately 4 weeks before the SAT testing day, with an additional two and a half week “grace period” for late registrations (these also cost an extra fee, so register early!).
  • As always, these SAT test dates are subject to change, but it’s unlikely that they will vary too much from the typical pattern: 7 tests per year, generally with one month in between SAT test dates, except in the fall when a test is administered October, November and December.

Which SAT test date is right for you?

When considering which SAT test date is best, you should consider a number of factors, several of which depend on your current grade year and where you are in the testing process.

For those of you who will be rising seniors this summer (currently a junior, class of 2018):

  • If you haven’t had a chance to take the SAT, now is the time to start planning! Consider taking the SAT during one of the three SAT test dates that remain this school year (May, June or August). Although there is still time to prepare for any of these SAT test dates, obviously the more time that you have the better, so perhaps make the June or August test your target.
  • If you’re thinking about applying either Early Action or Early Decision to your top choice school, you may want to try to complete all of your testing before the application process gets into full swing, so you should also consider one of the three remaining SAT test dates. Also, keep in mind that EA or ED applicants need to have their scores in earlier, so that means that if you do plan to take the SAT in the fall, only the October and November SAT test dates will work for you.

For all members of the class of 2018 planning to take the SAT, the best thing you can do now is to pick an upcoming SAT test date, block off your calendar, and start prepping now. Above all else, DON’T WORRY!

For those of you who will are currently sophomores or younger (classes of 2019 and above):

  • First off – bravo for starting to plan ahead! Thinking about SAT test dates now provides you with many more options; however, it’s important to take advantage of these choices and to select your SAT test date carefully. Here are few factors to consider when evaluating which SAT test date works best for you:
    • Will you have enough time to prepare adequately to perform to the best of your ability on the SAT test date that you choose?
    • What’s going on during the weekend of that SAT test date? Is there a big game or other event on the Friday night before the test?
    • What about the week before? Is it likely that you will have mid-semester exams or a heavy workload in the week leading up to the test?
    • How will that SAT test date fit in with other standardized tests (APs, SAT subject tests, etc.) that you may be taking around the same time?
  • Taking the SAT – or any standardized test – is not a fun experience, and there are plenty of better ways to spend a Saturday. You don’t want to take the test too many times if you can achieve your best score after only one or two attempts. The last thing that you want is to choose an SAT test date that’s too soon and doesn’t allow you to prepare properly, or to wait too long to take the test so that you’re not able to take advantage of SAT superscoring.
  • Nevertheless, when considering which SAT test date to choose, don’t just think about “getting it over with early” or maximizing the number of times you can take the test. Instead, think about the big picture and be realistic about when you will be best prepared to take the SAT.

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