SAT 2019-2020 Test Dates and Guide

Posted by Alan Zhang

July 09, 2019 at 5:00 AM

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The College Board offers the SAT seven times a year and it is typically administered on Saturdays. 2019-2020 SAT test dates are offered more frequently in the fall as the college process reaches a frenzy. Below, we’ve included a list of 2019-2020 SAT test dates, normal registration deadlines, late registration deadlines, and score release dates:

SAT DATE Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Deadline for Changes
August 24, 2019 July 26, 2019 August 6, 2019 (for mailed registrations) August 13, 2019 (for registrations made online or by phone) August 13, 2019
October 5, 2019 September 6, 2019 September 17, 2019 (for mailed registrations) September 24, 2019 (for registrations made online or by phone) September 24, 2019
November 2, 2019 October 3, 2019 October 15, 2019 (for mailed registrations) October 22, 2019 (for registrations made online or by phone) October 22, 2019
December 7, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 19, 2019 (for mailed registrations) November 26, 2019 (for registrations made online or by phone) November 26, 2019
March 14, 2020 February 14, 2020 February 25, 2020 (for mailed registrations) March 3, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone) March 3, 2020
May 2, 2020 April 3, 2020 April 14, 2020 (for mailed registrations) April 21, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone) April 21, 2020
June 6, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 19, 2020 (for mailed registrations) May 27, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone) May 27, 2020


The SAT is offered on fewer dates outside of the US. For international locations, the SAT is offered in October, December, March, and May. See below for a list of 2019-2020 international SAT test dates:

SAT DATE Early Registration via Representative Registration Deadline Deadline for Changes
October 5, 2019 August 21, 2019 September 6, 2019 September 24, 2019
December 7, 2019 October 23, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 26, 2019
March 14, 2020 January 29, 2020 February 14, 2020 March 3, 2020
May 2, 2020 March 18, 2020 April 3, 2020 April 21, 2020


SAT scores are typically released two weeks after test day. For June scores, it can take up to six weeks. See score release date estimates below:

August 24, 2019 September 16, 2019 September 18, 2019
October 5, 2019 October 18-24, 2019 October 29, 2019
November 2, 2019 November 15-21, 2019 November 26, 2019
December 7, 2019 December 20-26, 2019 December 31, 2019
March 14, 2020 March 27-31, 2020 April 5, 2020
May 2, 2020 May 15-21, 2020 May 26, 2020
June 6, 2020 July 15, 2020 July 15, 2020


  • 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 and see deadlines 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. NOTE: Sunday testing for the October 3, 2020, SAT will take place on October 18, 2020.


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 be focusing on your grades and college essays. Aim to take the August 24th, October 5th, or November 2nd SAT and be done testing. I cannot highlight the importance of finishing testing early more; personally when I applied to colleges two years ago, I spent a week before the early application deadline doing homework, finishing all my essays, and preparing for the ACT. Needless to say, it was not fun and I really envied the students who had gotten testing out of the way over the summer or at the beginning of the school year.

If you plan on applying early decision (deadline is typically November 1 or November 15), take the August or October SAT, and use the later option (November 2nd) as a backup in case you need to raise your scores more. Many schools are quite flexible regarding when you can submit testing scores, but again, aim for the earliest time to save yourself the stress.

For regular decision (deadlines are typically between January 1 and February 1), you have a bit more time and can shift your testing schedule back if you need more time to prepare. Note that the last testing date for 2019 is December 7th with the next one being in March of 2020.

Regarding scholarships, many SAT/ACT score-based scholarships have deadlines well in advance of the January regular decision deadline - so be aware and plan accordingly.

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Posted by Alan Zhang

Alan scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT in high school and is currently studying Economics at The University of Chicago. Fun fact? I once sneezed seven times in a row (that's a lot for me okay).