When Is the SAT?

SAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines for 2017 - 18

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SAT testing dates have been modified for the 2017-18 academic year: the January testing date is gone, and an early August test date is now available. This should be good news for most college applicants. The January date was never very popular, and now applicants have more options for senior year that work when applying to a college Early Decision or Early Action. The new August date also has the benefit that for many students it is administered before the stress of the academic year begins.

U.S. students have seven testing dates to choose from for taking the SAT in the 2017-18 admissions cycle. If you're a high school senior, you may need to take the August, October or November exam in order to get your applications completed on time. If you're a high school junior, the winter and spring test dates are a good choice if you want to see how well you perform. If your scores aren't what you think you'll need for your top-choice colleges, you'll have the summer to build your test-taking skills and retake the exam early in senior year.

For 2017 - 2018, the SAT test dates are:

Important SAT Dates
Test DateTestRegistration DeadlineLate Registration Deadline
August 26, 2017SAT & Subject TestsJuly 28, 2017August 15, 2017
October 7, 2017SAT & Subject TestsSeptember 8, 2017September 27, 2017
November 4, 2017SAT & Subject TestsOctober 5, 2017October 25, 2017
December 2, 2017SAT & Subject TestsNovember 2, 2017November 21, 2017
March 10, 2018SAT OnlyFebruary 9, 2018February 28, 2018
May 5, 2018SAT & Subject TestsApril 6, 2018April 25, 2018
June 2, 201SAT & Subject Tests5/9/2017May 23, 2018

Note that in March of 2016, the College Board launched the all new SAT (learn about the new SAT here: The Redesigned SAT).

When you register for the SAT, you'll need to pay the required fee. The cost will vary depending on your time of registration and which test you are taking:

  • $46 for the basic SAT exam
  • $60 for the SAT exam with the optional essay
  • $29 additional fee for late registration
  • $49 waitlist fee if you miss the registration deadlines and are admitted to a test center on test day
  • $26 basic subject test registration fee
  • $21 additional fee for each subject test
  • $26 additional fee for a language with listening subject test 

If your family's income makes paying these testing fees prohibitive, you may be able to qualify for an SAT fee waiver. You can learn more about fee waivers here at the SAT web site.

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