What Are SAT Test Dates and Locations?

Instructor: Laura Melega
Learn when and where the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests are given and how to register. Take a look at some helpful study resources to prepare for test day.

SAT Test Dates

Both the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests are offered on Saturdays at testing centers in the United States and at international test sites. Here are the SAT dates for 2017-2018:

SAT Test Date Subject Exams Offered Available Internationally
October 7 Yes Yes
November 4 Yes No
December 2 Yes Yes
March 10 No Yes
May 5 Yes Yes
June 2 Yes No

Alternative Test Dates

If you are not able to participate in a Saturday exam due to religious reasons, the College Board - which administers these exams - offers the option to accommodate your testing on the Sunday immediately after the regularly scheduled date. Specific rules apply, and this option is not available at some international locations.

Test Locations

SAT testing sites are usually high schools, colleges and universities in several cities throughout the US. Internationally, the exam is also typically administered through schools. When selecting your testing location, make sure that the test center you choose offers the SAT on the date you want to take it, since not all locations administer the exam for every test date.

For students who live more than 75 miles from a testing center, it is possible to take the exam closer to home if you meet all requirements. This alternative is not available for every date, and it is not offered at all international locations.

Registration Deadlines

The deadline to register for the SAT is one month prior to the exam date. Students who apply late will need to pay a late fee. Late registration closes about two weeks prior to the exam date. Students testing outside of the United States are not permitted to use late registration.

Students who miss the late registration deadline might be able to request Waitlist Status. Students registered on the waitlist can show up on test day and take the exam if two conditions are met: all other students are at the site and ready to take the test and the site has sufficient testing materials available.

When to Take the SAT

Most students take the SAT when they are juniors or seniors. It is fairly common to take the test twice, and many students receive a higher score on their second test. By taking the test at the end of your junior year, then again sometime during your senior year (preferably before your school's long winter break), you can maximize your chances for improvement.

The SAT Subject Tests can primarily be taken anytime you take the SAT, but generally speaking, students perform better on the tests after mastering the specific course material offered by their school. The College Board recommends taking the World History, Biology E/M, Chemistry and Physics subject tests immediately after finishing the class to achieve a higher score. Studying a language for two years typically yields better results when taking a specific language Subject Test.

Preparing for the SAT

Before you take the SAT or the Subject Tests, it can be helpful to review key concepts and subjects that you learned in high school for the best chance at success on the exams. Study.com provides a robust offering of mobile-friendly resources that are available to you 24/7 so you can study as much as you want, whenever it is convenient for you! Our courses feature practice quizzes, full-length tests, and video tutorials so you'll be ready for any of the SAT exams you plan to take.

SAT Prep

To prepare for the SAT, use our comprehensive course that provides more than 200 lessons covering core SAT subjects. Then go further into detail on each SAT section using our section-specific courses.

SAT Subject Test Prep

Study.com also delivers comprehensive courses focused on the material tested in SAT Subject Tests:

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