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SAT Test Dates 2017 - 2018

Posted by Justin Berkman | May 24, 2016 4:00:00 PM

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At PrepScholar, we use the best data to inform you about what the testing schedule, registration deadlines, and score release dates will look like in the future. You can see the information for previous years and for 2015-2016. When choosing your test date, there are multiple factors to consider.

In this article, I’ll give you the the SAT test dates for 2017-2018 and explain the factors to think about when picking your test date.


Test Dates for the 2017-2018 School Year

These test dates are listed by the College Board, but they’re still subject to change. The registration and score release dates are estimated by us based on general patterns from previous years.
This will mark the first year that the College Board has added an August test date and eliminated the test date in January. 

Test Date

Normal Registration

Late Registration

Score Release

Aug 26, 2017

Jul 28, 2017

Aug 11, 2017

Sept 14, 2017

Oct 7, 2017

Sep 8, 2017

Sep 22, 2017

Oct 27, 2017

Nov 4, 2017

Oct 6, 2017

Oct 20, 2017

Nov 23, 2017

Dec 2, 2017

Nov 3, 2017

Nov 17, 2017

Dec 21, 2017

Mar 10, 2018

Feb 9, 2018

Feb 23, 2018

Mar 29, 2017

May 5, 2018

Apr 6, 2018

Apr 20, 2018

May 24, 2018

Jun 2, 2018

May 4, 2018

May 18, 2018

Jun 21, 2018




How Accurate Is the Table Above?

The test dates are the anticipated dates provided by the College Board, and the registration and score release dates are our estimations. While all the dates are likely to be correct, because the test dates are provided by the College Board, they may be slightly more reliable.

However, the test dates won’t be confirmed until within a year of the test. If any of the dates change, they’ll probably be a week earlier or later than the anticipated date.

You can use these dates to help create a study plan and determine when you'll take the SAT. If you know your available options, you can select the date that fits best with your schedule taking into account the time you need to prepare for the test.


How to Choose Your Test Date

Here are some of the major factors to consider when selecting your SAT test date:


Make Sure You Know Your Deadlines!

The most important thing to remember is to take your SAT early enough that your score can arrive before any deadlines. If you apply regular decision, the December test in your senior year will be the last test you can take for most colleges. If you apply early, the last test you can take may be in October or November of your senior year.

Also, scholarships have deadlines. If you want to obtain any scholarships that consider your SAT score, you’ll need to have your test score before the scholarship deadlines. I recommend allowing two months to receive your scores.


How Many Times Do You Want to Take the SAT?

Most students improve their scores when they take the SAT, and you want to give yourself an opportunity to take the test multiple times. Generally, we suggest first taking the SAT in the fall of your junior year. Then you can retake it in the spring of your junior year and the fall of your senior year if necessary.




How Long Do You Plan to Study?

When selecting your test date, you want to make sure to give yourself enough time to prepare. Get a rough idea of how long you’ll need to study and make sure you’ll be able to effectively prepare before you take the test. If you take both the May and June tests without doing any studying in between, your score probably won’t improve much.


Do You Have Conflicts With Any Test Dates?

Check to see if you have any potential conflicts on or around any of the SAT test dates. Maybe the March date is during your basketball playoffs and you’ll be too busy to study. Perhaps you want to avoid the May test date because you’ll be focusing on your AP tests.

It may be difficult to find a time when you can fully devote yourself to the SAT, but you should try to pick the best test dates for you.


What's Next?

If you have to send your SAT scores to colleges or scholarships, find out how long it takes to send scores.

After you select your test date, figure out the best way to study for your SAT.

Finally, if you want a compare a score on the old SAT out of 2400 to a score on the redesigned SAT out of 1600, check out this conversion chart.


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Justin Berkman
About the Author

Justin has extensive experience teaching SAT prep and guiding high school students through the college admissions and selection process. He is firmly committed to improving equity in education and helping students to reach their educational goals. Justin received an athletic scholarship for gymnastics at Stanford University and graduated with a BA in American Studies.

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