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SAT Registration & Test Dates

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
Colleges across the United States commonly use SAT scores as part of the admission process. Learn about how to register for the SAT, and get information about when it is offered in the U.S. and abroad.

SAT Registration

First-time SAT registration is available online or by mail. If you've registered for the exam before, you can also register by phone, but there is an additional fee involved. While online registration is most common, you have to register by mail in some situations, such as if you're under 13, have to pay by check or money order, or if you would like to have a closer test center. Your school should have the College Board's SAT publication that contains a mail-in registration form.

Registration Deadlines

Registration for the SAT closes about a month prior to the test date. For an additional fee, you may be able to take advantage of late registration up to about two weeks prior to the exam. This option is not available for international testers. If you miss late registration, you can request to be put on a waitlist up to five days before the test date, and may be allowed to take the test depending on the amount of available exam materials, space and staff. Some international testings sites don't offer this option. Waitlist requests must be submitted online. Same-day registration isn't available.

SAT Test Dates

The SAT is offered seven times a year in the US, and six times at international sites. The test is administered by The College Board, which also offers Subject Tests, covering subjects such as science, languages, and math. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests currently are offered during the following months:

  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • March (US only and no Subject Tests)
  • May
  • June

Note: Beginning in August 2017, the testing schedule will change. After this date, the tests will no longer be offered in January, but will be offered in August.

When to Take the SAT

Students typically take the SAT at the end of their junior year or the beginning of their senior year. Some take it both times if their junior-year scores fall short of what they had hoped.

Taking Subject Tests

You can check when specific Subject Tests are available on the College Board website (collegeboard.org). Not all Subject Tests are offered at every testing center or on every testing date. You may take up to three Subject Tests on the same test date, but you can't take the SAT and the Subject Tests on the same date. To ready yourself for these tests, explore Study.com's SAT Subject Test prep courses.

Prepare for the SAT

Study.com offers a comprehensive SAT Prep course, along with individual courses for each section of the SAT:

Spend some time following along with our talented instructors in our in-depth lessons, take the practice assessments to judge your test readiness, and reach out to our instructors if you have any questions.

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