What Are the SAT Test Registration Deadlines?

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
Getting ready to take the SAT is a daunting task; don't miss an important deadline in the midst of all the studying. Read on for information on SAT registration deadlines, test dates, and study tips.

SAT Registration Deadlines and Test Dates

SAT registration deadlines are determined by testing date, so students should select their preferred test date prior to registration. Below are some fast facts about SAT registration dates in the U.S.:

  • Registration deadlines typically fall approximately one month before the test date.
  • Late registration deadlines are about 10 days prior to the exam for online/phone registration and 14 days before the exam date for mail-in registration.
  • The cut-off point for a registration period is 11:59 p.m. EST on the day of the deadline.
  • By meeting the deadline for regular registration, students can avoid paying higher exam fees.
  • A waitlist is available for students who miss the late registration deadline. If you are on the waitlist, you will be able to take the test only if there is space available at the testing center on exam day.
  • In general, the last late registration deadline is also the deadline for making any changes to exam appointments online.

For upcoming SAT exam dates, the deadlines are:

SAT DateDeadline for RegistrationLast Day for Late RegistrationLast Day to Make Changes to Your Registration
May 7, 2016 April 8 Mail: April 22
Phone/Online: April 26
April 26
June 4, 2016 Mail: May 5
Phone/Online: May 11
Mail: May 20
Phone/Online: May 25
May 25

Deadlines for International Registration

For international test takers, the schedule of registration deadlines differs slightly. Below are some fast facts about international SAT registration:

  • Registration deadlines are typically about a month before the exam.
  • Early registration through an international representative has a deadline of approximately 5 weeks prior to the exam date.
  • Late registration is not available internationally.
  • The deadline for making changes to an exam appointment is typically 10-14 days before the test date.

For upcoming SAT exam dates, the international deadlines are:

SAT DateDeadline for RegistrationEarly Registration DeadlineLast Day to Make Changes to Your Registration
May 7, 2016 April 8 March 31 April 26
June 4, 2016 Mail: May 5
Phone/Online: May 11
April 28 May 25

When to Take the SAT

High school students can begin preparing for the SAT as early as their freshman year by taking challenging courses. Students can also take the PSAT in 10th grade to serve as an early preparation method for the SAT.

Generally, juniors register for and take the SAT in the spring. Seniors can retake the SAT if they are dissatisfied with their first score, and usually, this is done in the fall.

SAT Registration: The Basics

Registration is available online through the College Board's website. However, you must register via mail if you have any special circumstance, such as needing a Sunday test date, being under 13 years of age, or wishing to pay with a check or money order.

Online Registration

You'll need to create a free account and provide some basic personal info. If you choose, you can provide further info about yourself that is used by the College Board's Student Search Service. A headshot is required, and can be uploaded during the registration process. You'll also pay your registration fees and print your admission ticket, which you'll need to bring with you on exam day.

Registration by Mail

To register for the SAT by mail, you will need to send in a registration form, a photo, and payment. Depending on the reason you are registering by mail, you may need to also submit additional paperwork. Your school counselor should be able to provide you with the paperwork and guide you'll need to register by mail.

Prepare for the SAT

While registration is an important step in preparing to take the SAT, the real work is in studying for the test itself. Study.com offers a number of study guides that can help you prepare for test day. The SAT Prep Course has brief and engaging video lessons covering each section of the exam that can be completed at your own pace. These videos come with written transcripts and self-assessment quizzes to help you study.

If you're especially concerned about a certain section of the test, Study.com has more in-depth courses that focus on:

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