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 6 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:

  • 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!
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.

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.

SAT Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Scores Back
Saturday, August 26, 2017 July 28, 2017 August 15, 2017 September 15th: Multiple-Choice September 18th: Essay
Saturday, October 7, 2017 September 8, 2017 September 27, 2017 October 20-26th: Multiple-Choice October 31st: Essay
Saturday, November 4, 2017 October 5, 2017 October 25, 2017 November 17–23rd: Multiple-Choice November 28th: Essay
Saturday, December 2, 2017 November 2, 2017 November 21, 2017 December 15-21st: Multiple-Choice December 26th: Essay
Saturday, March 10, 2018 February 9, 2018 February 28, 2018 March 23-29th: Multiple-choice April 3rd: Essay
Saturday, May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018 April 25, 2018 May 18-24th: Multiple-Choice May 29th: Essay
Saturday, June 2, 2018 May 3, 2018 May 23, 2018 July 11th: Multiple-Choice June 29th: Essay

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:

Item More Information Fee
Register by phone Available only if you've registered previously. $15
Change fee For changing your test center, test date, or changing between the SAT and SAT Subject Tests or vice versa. Does not apply to changing between the SAT and the SAT with Essay, but you pay the difference between the tests if adding the essay. $28
Late registration fee For registering after the regular deadline but by the late registration deadline. $28
Waitlist fee Charged only if you are admitted to the test center on test day. $46

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