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SAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines for 2016 - 17

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U.S. students have seven testing dates to choose from for taking the SAT. If you're a high school senior, you may need to take the 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 2016 - 2017, the SAT test dates are:

Important SAT Dates
Test DateTestRegistration DeadlineLate Registration Deadline
10/1/2016SAT & Subject Tests9/1/20169/20/2016
11/5/2016SAT & Subject Tests10/7/201610/25/2016
12/3/2016SAT & Subject Tests11/3/201611/22/2016
1/21/2017SAT & Subject Tests12/21/20161/10/2017
3/11/2017SAT Only2/10/20172/28/2017
5/6/2017SAT & Subject Tests4/7/20174/25/2017
6/3/2017SAT & Subject Tests5/9/20175/24/2017

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:

  • $45 for the basic SAT exam
  • $57 for the SAT exam with the optional essay
  • $28 additional fee for late registration
  • $46 waitlist fee if you miss the registration deadlines and are admitted to a test center on test day
  • $26 basic subject test registration feefee
  • $20 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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