It is important to create a test taking plan! Use the SAT Dates 2015 to create a solid testing schedule. These test dates are also the same ones offered for the SAT Subject Tests (unless noted otherwise). Don't forget to read my "SAT Registration: An Expert's Guide" for important registration tips to ensure that the testing experience is the best possible one.
SAT Test Dates
August 26, 2017
October 7, 2017
November 4, 2017
December 2, 2017
March 10, 2018
May 5, 2018
June 2, 2018
July 28, 2017
September 8, 2017
October 5, 2017
November 2, 2017
February 9, 2018
April 6, 2018
May 13, 2018
**The date range includes, regular registration. College Board does allow late registration (typically 2-3 weeks after official deadline). To avoid any extra fees, register BEFORE the regular deadline date.
By now, most parents and students know the SAT will be changing. The Class of 2017 will most affected by these changes because the New SAT will begin March 2016. So be prepared to be a little confused by everything. Here is some general advice for students:
1. If you plane to take the old SAT, study over the summer because you will only have four opportunities: October, November, December and January. The advantage of this option will be more predictability because tutors and students are familiar with this version and the SAT prep books are more extensive. The disadvantage is that you cannot retake the test in the spring (unless you take a completely new version of the SAT).
2. Take the ACT instead. The ACT is only making some minor alterations to scoring and the essay, so you can take the test multiple times. The test has a long history and all colleges accept the ACT, so you will find plenty of testing materials.
3. Take a combination. Maybe try the ACT in the fall, and see how you do. If your PSAT results are strong, try the New SAT. This approach will require some flexibility, but it may offer the best of both options. If you are curious what the new SAT will look like, consider purchasing the College Board's New SAT prep guide.
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If you are preparing for the old SAT, I recommend purchasing The Official SAT Study Guide, which is the only text prep book with REAL, copyrighted SAT material. Make sure to get the best SAT prep materials, especially if you plan to self-study.
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If you plan to study for the New SAT (starting March 2016), the College Board just released its new study guide. This book includes four practice tests with answer explanations.
Note: The New SAT is a MAJOR revision of the previous version, so students cannot use test prep material from the old SAT to prepare for the new one.
Remember that students often take the SAT more than once. Why? For a couple reasons. Some schools will take your "highest combined SAT score" from multiple sittings (which almost always results in a higher total score) and some students just need a couple attempts at the SAT test to feel comfortable and relaxed. Generally, though, after three attempts, students will have achieved their best scores.
Don't Forget! Use the SAT Dates 2015 to create a good testing plan, but also read my "SAT Registration: An Expert's Guide", which contains several tips for making sure that you have the best possible experience on the testing day.
Not sure if the SAT is the right choice? Did you know that lots of students are now taking the ACT instead of the ACT? How to decide? Every student should take a practice ACT or SAT before deciding on a test prep plan. The last thing you want to do is spend a ton of money and time preparing for the wrong test. If you have NOT taken an ACT (or an SAT test), read my article "How to get an accurate diagnostic test for the ACT or SAT test. Below, I also linked to the ONLY books that contain official, copyrighted SAT or ACT tests. All of my students use these books as a primary text.
If you have already have an ACT or SAT score and you would like to compare the two test scores, please read "How to convert my ACT score into SAT score equivalent". It is important to understand how your scores on each test cop are to one another.
Did you know that not all colleges require students to submit SAT or ACT scores to be admitted to college? If you are a strong student, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you may be surprised to learn that many colleges, and really good colleges, have become "test-optional". Too many parents and students dismiss "test-optional" as a possible route to college admission. But before you do that, find out more about this growing, "student-friendly" trend in college admission.