SAT® Test Dates

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View upcoming SAT® dates below, and choose the right test date for you!


Test Date
Registration Deadline
Score Release Date
Suggested Prep Date
August 24, 2024
August 9, 2024
September 6, 2024*
Start May 2024
October 5, 2024
September 20, 2024
October 18, 2024*
Start June 2024
November 2, 2024
October 18, 2024
November 15, 2024*
Start July 2024
December 7, 2024
November 22, 2024
December 20, 2024*
Start August 2024
March 8, 2025
February 21, 2025
March 21, 2025*
Start November 2024
May 3, 2025
April 18, 2025
May 16, 2025*
Start January 2025
June 7, 2025
May 22, 2025
June 20, 2025*
Start February 2025
*Anticipated Date
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How to Register for the SAT®

The SAT is a standardized test that colleges and universities use for admission to determine a student’s academic skills. Registration for the SAT needs to be completed by the student, not by a parent or guidance counselor. To register, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Pick your test date, and try to get your SAT registration finished as soon as possible. Late registration accrues additional fees, and there’s also a cutoff.
  • Registration can be completed online on the College Board website or by filling out the form provided in the Student Registration Booklet for the SAT and mailing it in. This booklet can be obtained from your school counselor.
  • Be sure all your personal data matches the exact information on your photo ID.
  • For identification purposes, upload a picture of yourself.
  • Decide if you want to use the College Board’s Student Search Service, which is free but requires you to provide additional information about yourself. Based on the information you give, scholarship organizations and colleges can find you to give information on their programs.
  • Remember that you’ll be responsible for paying a registration fee. Fee waivers are available for those in low-income households.
  • Once your registration is complete, be sure to print out your Admission Ticket, as you’ll need it on the day of your test.

When to Take the SAT®

The SAT can be taken any time starting your freshman year. However, most students take the test in the fall of their junior year. Doing so will give you enough time to take the test two or more times is highly recommended, as 67 percent of students improve their score the second time around.
Once you receive your initial test results in your junior year, you’ll know your weak points and can prepare to retake the test if you so choose. If you’re not satisfied with your initial score, you can take the test for the second time in the fall of your senior year.

When to Start Preparing for the SAT®

For those serious about getting a superior score on the SAT, it’s never too soon to start preparing. However, most students begin preparing for the SAT in the spring or summer before their junior year, as it gives them enough time to take the test, find their weak point from the first go-around and then take the SAT again in the fall of their senior year.

How to Prep for the SAT®

The best way to prep for your SAT is through classroom learning and by taking courses that challenge you and help you build the knowledge you need to be successful on the test, in college and in your future career.
If you take a free practice test with The Princeton Review , we can provide you with a personalized score report that includes the areas where you’re strong as well as areas that need improvement. We pride ourselves on providing you with problem sets with questions that most closely resemble what you’ll find on the SAT. However, the best way to prep for the SAT is to enroll in our SAT Prep course , which has both online and in-person options.

What to Do on Test Day

The day of your test, try not to worry about studying. Enjoy a hearty breakfast, and make sure you arrive at the test site early. In most cases, doors open at 7:45 a.m. and close at 8 a.m., and you won’t be admitted once the test has begun.
It’s best to leave your cell phone, tablet, and other devices at home, as the test administrator can deny you admission if you’re found in possession of these prohibited electronic devices. You do, however, want to make sure you bring the following:

  • Admission Ticket and photo ID
  • Writing utensils
  • An approved calculator and extra batteries
  • A watch with all alarms silenced
  • A drink and snack for the break

The test administrator will read all the instructions verbatim before you begin. They’ll also tell you when you can start or stop working on each section. You must work on each section during the allotted time, and once it’s complete, you cannot go back. You’ll likely receive both a 10-minute and a five-minute break sometime during your test, which are the only times for eating and drinking.
Once the test is complete, the administrator will collect and count all test booklets to ensure everything has been turned in before students are released.

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