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SAT Test Dates and Registration
Scheduling your SAT test dates will help you plan your prep. We've got all the info you need on SAT test dates, registration deadlines, scores back dates, and fees below.
The SAT is offered 7 times a year in the U.S. and several times a year internationally. For more information on international test dates and registration please visit the CollegeBoard.
Many students take the SAT for their first time during their junior year of high school and many opt to take the SAT more than once. Students can take the SAT through the fall of their senior year in high school.
How to Register for the SAT
There are two ways you can register for the SAT — online or by mail. To register online, you must first have a CollegeBoard account. Setting one up is pretty easy! Just visit the CollegeBoard website to set up your free account. Once you have your account, you’ll need a few things to register:
Do I need to register by mail?
The first thing you need if you are registering by mail is the SAT Paper Registration Guide. You can get this from your school counselor. You need to register for the SAT by mail if you wish to pay by check or money order. For more information on registering by mail visit the CollegeBoard.
- Your photo I.D. - you’ll also need this on test day!
- A photo of yourself that you can upload to the registration site
- A credit card to pay the registration fees (more on this later)
- A printer to print your admissions ticket - you’ll also need this on test day!
SAT Test Dates and Deadlines
Below is a table with SAT test dates and registration deadlines. Don’t wait until the deadline to register! You should register as soon as you know which test date you are going to choose to take the SAT. Test date locations may fill up and you’ll want to take the SAT at your high school or close to your home so that you don’t have to drive too far on test day.
Can I make changes to my SAT Registration?
Life happens. Sometimes you make a mistake, or you need more time to prep for the test and want to change your test date. Maybe you decide you do want to test with the optional essay. The test maker understand this, so they enable students to make some changes to their SAT registration. For more information on what you can change and the fees associated with changes visit the CollegeBoard.
How much does it cost to take the SAT?
The cost to take the SAT without the essay is $45. If you decide to take the SAT with the essay then the cost is $57. Make sure to research the schools to which you plan to apply before you decide to skip the essay section - some schools require it!
There may be additional fees to take the SAT. See below for additional charges:
Can I get a fee waiver?
Fee waivers are available for low-income 11th and 12th grade students who take the SAT or for low-income 9th through 12th grade students who take the SAT Subject Tests. Students must live in the U.S. or the U.S territories. For more information and to find out if you are eligible for a fee waiver review the CollegeBoard website.
Where do I take the SAT?
There are SAT test centers across the U.S. To find out where you can take the test on the test date you’ve chosen visit the CollegeBoard’s test center tool.
Additional SAT resources:
About the SAT
What is a good SAT score?
SAT vs ACT
Test Day Checklist
||Late Registration Deadline
|Saturday, August 25, 2018
||July 27, 2018
||August 15, 2018
||September 7th: Multiple-Choice
September 9th: Essay
|Saturday, October 6, 2018
||September 7, 2018
||September 26, 2018
||October 19th: Multiple-Choice
October 21st: Essay
|Saturday, November 3, 2018
||October 5, 2018
||October 24, 2018
||November 16th: Multiple-Choice
November 18th: Essay
|Saturday, December 1, 2018
||November 2, 2018
||November 20, 2018
||December 14th: Multiple-Choice
December 16th: Essay
|Saturday, March 9, 2019
||February 8, 2019
||February 27, 2019
||March 22nd: Multiple-choice
March 24th: Essay
|Saturday, May 4, 2019
||April 5, 2019
||April 24, 2019
||May 17th: Multiple-Choice
May 19th: Essay
|Saturday, June 1, 2019
||May 3, 2019
||May 22, 2019
||July 10th: Multiple-Choice
July 14th: Essay