HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE SAT
If you’re wondering how to register for the SAT, go to the College Board website linked here, scroll down, and click the yellow Register button. You’ll need to create an account if you haven’t done so previously.
2023-2024 SAT TEST DATES AND DEADLINES (US)
The College Board offers the SAT seven times a year and it is typically administered on Saturdays. 2023-2024 SAT test dates are offered more frequently in the fall as the college process reaches a frenzy. Below, we’ve included a list of 2023-2024 SAT test dates, normal registration deadlines, and late registration deadlines so that you can answer the question “when can I take the SAT?” and “when can I register for the SAT?”. Note that all of these test dates are for the Digital SAT if you’re an international student and the last three are for the Digital SAT if you’re a domestic (US) student.
|SAT TEST DATE||REGISTRATION DEADLINE||DEADLINE FOR CHANGES, REGULAR CANCELLATION, AND LATE REGISTRATION||INTERNATIONAL DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION, REGISTRATION CHANGES, AND REGULAR CANCELLATION|
|August 26, 2023||July 28, 2023||August 15, 2023||August 11, 2023|
|October 7, 2023||September 7, 2023||September 26, 2023||September 22, 2023|
|November 4, 2023||October 5, 2023||October 24, 2023||October 20, 2023|
|December 2, 2023||November 2, 2023||November 21, 2023||November 17, 2023|
|March 9, 2024 (Digital)||February 23, 2024||Coming soon||Coming soon|
|May 4, 2024 (Digital)||April 19, 2024||Coming soon||Coming soon|
|June 1, 2024 (Digital)||May 17, 2024||Coming soon||Coming soon|
SAT SCORE RELEASE DATES (US)
SAT scores are typically released two weeks after test day. Regarding Digital SAT scores, College Board says “scores will be delivered much faster with the digital SAT Suite, in days instead of weeks.” For each test, scores are sent to colleges about ten days after the score release date. See score release date estimates below:
|SAT DATE||PAPER/PENCIL SCORE RELEASE DATE|
|August 26, 2023||September 8, 2023|
|October 7, 2023||October 20, 2023|
|November 4, 2023||November 17, 2023|
|December 2, 2023||December 15, 2023|
|March 9, 2024 (Digital)||Within a few days|
|May 4, 2024 (Digital)||Within a few days|
|June 1, 2024 (Digital)||Within a few days|
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW
Additional fees will be charged if you register late, change your test date, change your test center, or switch from taking the SAT to taking a Subject Test after registering. See how to alter registrations here.
There is a waitlist for those who miss the late registration deadline.
Sunday administrations typically occur the day after each Saturday test for students who can’t test on Saturday due to religious reasons.
PREPMEDIANS GUIDE TO CHOOSING YOUR BEST 2023-2024 TEST DATE
Deadlines for college applications and scholarships
The first thing you should consider when deciding when to take the SAT is your college admission deadline schedule. Ideally, you will have taken the SAT at least once during your junior year of high school before entering senior year fall; starting the test prep process during senior fall is incredibly stressful, as you will want to focus on your grades and college essays.
“When should I take the SAT?”
If you’re a senior, aim to take the August 26th, October 7th, or November 4th SAT and then be done with testing. Many colleges will have cutoffs for how late you can take the SAT, so you’ll want to check your colleges’ admissions websites to see if you can send in the score from the December 2nd test.
If you’re a junior, aim to take the December 2nd SAT as your first test and then the March 9th and May 4th tests as your retakes. You’ll likely take the PSAT in October of your junior year and you should use the results from your PSAT to study more effectively for your December SAT. Keep retaking the tests as many times as makes sense: If you think you’ve hit your max score, then you can stop retesting (and focus on other aspects of your college application like your essays), but if you have waivers or can easily afford to pay for more tests, and you think you can significantly improve (i.e. increase 10+ percentile points), then keep retesting. You might find that you want to take a break over the summer after junior year and try one last time in the beginning of senior year too.
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