SAT Dates: Updated for 2016-2017

Below you will find SAT dates for the coming year. Make sure to also read my book recommendations for the New SAT and other important information below about changes to the SAT. Don't forget: most students take the SAT at least 2-3 times, so make sure to may put a good test schedule with the dates below.

SAT Dates: 2016-2017

SAT Test Dates

August 26, 2017

October 7, 2017

November 4, 2017

December 2, 2017

March 10, 2018

May 5, 2018

June 2, 2018

**Register By:            

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. 


Create A Plan

It is important to create a test taking plan! Use the SAT Dates above to create your SAT testing schedule. These test dates are also the same ones offered for the SAT Subject Tests (unless noted otherwise). And don't forget to read my recommendations for the "Best SAT Prep Books" and "SAT Registration: An Expert's Guide" for important tips to make sure that the testing experience and score results are the best possible.

RememberThe SAT dates listed above are for test takers in the United StatesIf you plan to take the SAT outside of the United States, be sure to check the exact SAT Test Dates for international SAT testing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Take the Test Multiple Times?

Yes, not only can you take the SAT test more than once, I strongly advise my students to take the test 2-3 times to obtain the best score. Why? For several 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 the third attempt, students will have achieved their best scores.

How Early Can I Register?

The College Board, who creates the SAT dates, opens registration for the upcoming school year over the summer. So, for winter and spring tests, you can often register months in advance. Is this a good idea? Using the SAT test dates above, once you create a testing schedule, you might want to sign up for at least the first test at least 8-9 weeks before the actual test date to guarantee a spot at the best location. 

Don't forget, that the SAT results take 2-3 weeks to come back (and sometimes longer), so often you may need to be registered for you next test before you see your results. For example, if a student takes the December SAT, the results will not come back until mid-Decmeber, and the next test is late January. While the registration deadline may not be have passed, you might not be able to test at your preferred site. So just keep that in mind.


Will All Colleges See My SAT Score?

That depends on the actual college. Every school can choose a specific SAT score reporting system. Some schools require students to send an "All Score" report, which means a student cannot "hide" SAT score results. If you have not studied for the SAT, do not take a "real" exam as the diagnostic test because later you may not be able to "hide" a lower score.

Instead, think about purchasing the College Board's "The Offical SAT Study Guide", which has four "real" SAT practice tests. This book is a great resource for preparing for the SAT exam as well as assessing your current score and progress.

Want An Alternative to the SAT?

Not sure if the SAT is the right choice for you? Did you know that many students are now taking the ACT instead of the SAT? Although the SAT used to be the preferred test by colleges 10-15 years ago, all colleges now also accept the ACT test.

Before I begin tutoring a student, I have every student take a practice ACT 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 already have an ACT or SAT score and you would like to compare the two test results, please read "How to Convert My ACT Score into an SAT score". It is important to understand how your scores on each test compare to one another.


How About Skip the Test Altogether?

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.

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