SAT Test Dates 2017-2018

Here are the SAT test dates for the coming year. Before you register for the SAT exam, make sure that you educate yourself on the different registration options and avoid the common registration mistakes listed below. 

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. 

Avoid These Common Registration Mistakes

Mistake #1: Taking the SAT To "See What Happens"

Before taking the SAT, students make sure that you are properly prepared. In other words, do not use a "real" SAT as a diagnostic test. Why? Because there are plenty of less expensive resources for obtaining a diagnostic test and some colleges will require ALL "real" SAT scores to be sent with the application. If you are planning to apply to some highly selective schools, only take the "real" SAT after you have been preparing and studying for the exam.

Mistake #2: Registering Too Late

Students can begin registering for the 2016-2017 school year exams, beginning in July 2017. The earlier you register, the more likely to be seated at your first choice location. To the right, I posted current SAT test dates registration deadlines. If you missed theregular registration deadline , you will need to pay extra for late registration or ask to be put on the wait list.

Upcoming SAT Test Dates: Registration Deadlines            

   Sept. 1 , 2016 for October exam

   Oct. 7 , 2016 for November exam    

   Nov. 3 ,  2016 for December exam

NoteThe SAT test 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.

Mistake #3: Paying Too Much for Test Reports

For each SAT registration, students are given the option to send "free" score reports to four colleges. This can be tricky because you do not know yet how you will score on the exam. But here's what you can do. If you want to play it safe, only include "back-up" or "most likely" colleges in those reports. In other words, do not send any scores to very selective colleges until after you have finished all testing. That way, those schools are only receiving your best scores. 

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Mistake #4: Not taking the ACT

Before you take the SAT, make sure that you take a practice ACT and convert the SAT score to an ACT score to make sure you would not score higher on the ACT. That way, if you are one of the MANY students who perform better on the ACT, you will not be stuck sending lower SAT scores to colleges. All colleges now accept the ACT (and that has been the rule for 10+ years). There is no admission advantage to taking the SAT. 

Mistake #5: Taking the SAT only once

When planning your SAT testing schedule, be sure to allow for enough time to take the SAT exam at least 2-3 times. Why? Because many schools "superscore" your results from multiple test sittings. In other words, colleges will grab your "best" section score in Reading, your "best" section score in Math, and your "best" section score in Writing, creating a new SAT "superscore". If you only take the SAT once, then you miss out on this opportunity.

SAT Test Dates for Subject Tests

First, not very many colleges require SAT Subject Tests for college admissions anymore. Nowadays, Subject Tests are mainly used at the most highly selective colleges. The SAT Subject Tests are closer to the AP exams because the content is specifically focused on a particular subject, like US History, Chemistry, French, et cetera. 

The College Board offers SAT Subject Tests on the same day and locations as the SAT exam. What that means is that you CANNOT take an SAT on the same day as an SAT Subject Test. So you need to plan ahead. Most of my students take the SAT Subject Tests in May and/or June, near the AP Testing. Why? Because the SAT Subject Tests are very similar to the multiple-choice portions of the AP subject exams. 

Maybe You Can Even Skip the SAT Altogether?

Not sure if the SAT or ACT is the right choice? Did you know that lots of colleges and universities now make the SAT and ACT optional? Sounds too good to be true. If you are not a "good" test taker but do well in your high school academic classes, make sure to learn more about "test-optional" colleges.

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