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SAT Test Dates: Full Guide to Choosing (2016, 2017)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Apr 17, 2015 9:41:00 PM

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2016We present the most current information about SAT test dates for the 2016- 2017 school year here.  We also link to our top articles that you must read before deciding on a test date.


Full Guide to Test Dates

This article links to all our top resources below that you need to read to choose the best testing dates for yourself. 

Table: 2016-2017 SAT Test Dates and Deadlines — A table of all specific and official dates that you need to know for the SAT.

Full Review of Every Single 2016-2017 SAT Test Date — Don't miss this!  Our experts review every specific test date and discuss whether you should choose it based on where you are in high school.

Four Factors to Consider for Your SAT / ACT Test Date — Our famous test date factor guide by Allen Cheng that discusses general things you should consider in deciding a test date.  We have more discussion on other general considerations here for choosing your date.

You may also want to read SAT Date Selection for Sophomores and Juniors, or for the Summer Before Senior Year, or for Senior Fall.  Also, check out these articles if you're looking for ACT test dates, SAT Subject Test Dates (aka SAT 2), or International Test Dates, 2018 SAT Test Dates, or how to get alternate SAT test dates.


Table: 2016, 2017 SAT Test Dates and Deadlines

This year's test dates, normal registration deadlines, late registration deadlines, and score availability are posted below.  The test dates, deadlines, and score release dates below are confirmed officially by the College Board. All of these dates are for the redesigned version of the SAT.

Test Date Normal Deadline Late Registration*  Online Score Release
October 1, 2016 September 1, 2016 Sept 20, 2016 October 27, 2016
November 5, 2016 October 7, 2016 October 25, 2016 November 29, 2016
December 3, 2016 November 3, 2016 November 22, 2016 December 22, 2016
January 21, 2017 December 21, 2016 January 10, 2017 February 23, 2017
March 11, 2017 February 10, 2017 February 28, 2017 April 13, 2017
May 6, 2017 April 7, 2017 April 25, 2017 June 8, 2017
June 3, 2017 May 9, 2017 May 24, 2017 July 12, 2017

*The late registration deadline is one week earlier if you are registering by mail.


The College Board administers the SAT on Saturdays, with more tests offered in the fall.  If you can't take the test on Saturday for religious or other reasons, Sunday alternate dates are usually available.   

If you're looking for info on a date from last year, check the table below:

Test Date Normal Deadline Late Registration  Online Score Release
October 3, 2015 September 3, 2015 September 22, 2015 October 22, 2015
November 7, 2015 October 9, 2015 October 27, 2015 November 26, 2015
December 5, 2015 November 5, 2015 November 23, 2015 December 24, 2015
January 23, 2016 December 28, 2015 January 12, 2016 February 11, 2016
March 5, 2016  February 5, 2016 February 19, 2016 May 10, 2016
May 7, 2016 April 8, 2016 April 22, 2016 June 15, 2016
June 4, 2016 May 5, 2016 May 20, 2016 July 21, 2016


Visual Calendar of 2016 and 2017 Dates

You shouldn't just put down the next date that's available.  To choose the best test dates for you personally, we have created a full guide for you for SAT test date selection.  

First, here are four test date factors you should consider.  Second, you should plan ahead and think about whether you want to take the SAT more than once.  


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You can clearly see a few things immediately:

  • SAT test dates are very tightly clustered in the fall.  In spring, the dates are much more spread out, with the exception of May/June.

  • It's difficult to take two SATs in a row: by the time the score comes out, the late registration date has already passed.  Besides, you'll want to prep to make the most of a re-test.  



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What's Next?

The next step after you've figured out which dates you want is to register for the SAT (read our step-by-step instruction here).  Also, if you want to score well, you should consider the different ways to prep for the sat.  We consider the pros and cons of different prep methods with our free ebook.


Note on Accuracy

All the SAT test dates and registration deadlines above are confirmed by the College Board. The score release dates are based on our analysis of past years but should be accurate to within a few days.  

However, last-minute College Board date changes can and do happen, so we encourage you sign up for our free notifcation through our blog.  We'll keep an eye on changes so you don't have to!


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Fred is co-founder of PrepScholar. He scored a perfect score on the SAT and is passionate about sharing information with aspiring students. Fred graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor's in Mathematics and a PhD in Economics.

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