As some people are preparing for summer, others are preparing for the SAT. If you’re a junior thinking of taking the SAT before senior year, the June SAT can give you a chance to raise your scores and get a head start on the college application process.
In this article, we'll tell you everything you need to know about the June SAT, including when it is, when its registration deadlines are, and when scores are expected to come out. We’ll also give you a detailed list of the pros and cons of the June SAT to help you decide whether this test date is ultimately right for you.
When Is the June SAT?
Here is the schedule for the upcoming June SAT, with all of the critical dates you should know:
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||Late Registration Deadline||Waitlist Deadline||Deadline for Changes|
|June 5, 2021||May 6, 2021||May 18, 2021 (by mail) or May 26, 2021 (online or by phone)||May 31, 2021||May 26, 2021|
Source: The College Board
The June SAT is only available to those taking the exam in the U.S. For international test takers, the regular SAT will not be administered in June; however, SAT subject tests will be administered.
To register for the June SAT, you must pay an SAT registration fee of either $68 (with the optional Essay) or $52 (without the Essay). The June SAT registration deadline is Thursday, May 6, or about a month before the test.
If you miss the June SAT registration deadline, you may still register for the exam as long as you do so by the late registration deadline, which is Wednesday, May 26. Late registration requires a late fee of $30 (in addition to the general registration fee).
If you miss both the June SAT registration deadline and the late registration deadline, you may still be able to take the test by signing up for the SAT waitlist. Note that this does not guarantee you a spot on test day. The waitlist deadline is Monday, May 31—just five days before test day. If you are admitted on test day, you must pay a $53 waitlist fee. After the standby deadline has passed, you will not be able to register or get on the standby list for the June SAT.
When Will June SAT Scores Be Available?
Your June SAT scores will be available to you online beginning July 14. At that time, you may also access your scores by phone; however, this service costs $15 per call.
Some test takers may receive their scores a little later due to processing delays, irregularities in test administrations, etc. So if you don’t get your scores right away, don’t freak out! Chances are the College Board is simply struggling to keep up. For updates on score delays, you can contact the College Board at 1 (866) 756-7346.
Colleges you wrote in for your four free score reports will be sent your June SAT scores electronically within a week of you receiving your score. When your colleges actually receive and process your June SAT scores, however, ultimately depends on how quickly the College Board sends scores and how your colleges choose to process these scores. Some schools may not process SAT scores until a week after receiving them, so always gives your colleges ample time to process your SAT scores well before college application deadlines.
Luckily, June SAT scores should face few, if any, difficulties getting to your colleges on time. Normally, we recommend taking the SAT no later than five weeks before your application deadlines (and no later than seven weeks before your deadlines if you think you'll need to order additional score reports). So for the June SAT, the earliest deadline you could theoretically work with would be around July 8.
But summer deadlines are indubitably rare; in fact, the vast majority of U.S. college application deadlines are in late autumn and early winter. The most common regular decision deadline is January 1, and the most common early action/early decision deadlines are November 1 and 15. For schools offering rolling admissions, application season can start as early as September 1, with most priority deadlines falling around mid-autumn.
So what does all of this mean for you? Your June SAT scores are essentially guaranteed to arrive well before your college applications are due, no matter where you apply or which decision plan you elect to do. Phew!
Pros and Cons of Taking the June SAT
Still deciding whether to take the June SAT? Here are some of the major pros and cons of the end-of-school-year testing session.
Pros of Taking the June SAT
- June SAT scores will for sure arrive on time for regular decision and early action plans. Many students take the SAT at the beginning of senior year in a last-ditch effort to improve their SAT scores, but the October, November, and December test dates can't always guarantee your scores will arrive at your schools on time, especially if you’re applying early action. Because June SAT scores are sent out around mid-July, you can rest assured your schools will have plenty of time to process your scores.
- It allows you to get the SAT out of the way before starting your college applications. If you take the June SAT as a junior and do well on it, you won’t have to take it again your senior year—and therefore won’t have to deal with the stress of juggling both college apps and studying for an exam.
- It gives you more time and flexibility than other test dates. With the June SAT, you won't have to study during your (likely stressful) senior year; you'll also have the entire summer to study should you decide to retake the SAT in August or October. So compared to other test dates (namely those in August, October, November, and December), the June SAT offers far more flexibility, giving you a better chance of securing a high SAT score.
Cons of Taking the June SAT
- You’ll have to study for the SAT during finals and AP exams. Unfortunately, end-of-year tests are numerous—and squeezing in an SAT on top of this might end up burning you out. If you’re someone who gets easily overwhelmed or finds it challenging to study for multiple tests at once, opt for an earlier SAT test date in May or a later one in August or October.
- It may conflict with your SAT subject tests. Those who need to take SAT subject tests should do so in June, as you'll have just finished your AP courses and everything you learned will be fresh in your mind. Because you can't take both subject tests and the regular SAT on the same day, this means it'll be better for you to move the regular SAT to a different date. On a related note, if your SAT subject tests are only offered on the June date (i.e., you’re taking the German, Modern Hebrew, Latin, and/or Italian subject tests), you’ll have to take them in June no matter what!
June SAT Recap
This year's June SAT is scheduled for Saturday, June 5, 2021. The registration deadline is May 6, and the late registration deadline, as well as the deadline for changes, is May 26 (May 18 if registering by mail).
The College Board will release June SAT scores to test takers starting July 14 and to schools within a week after that. Some schools may take up to a week to process SAT scores, but regardless your scores should make it to your schools well before any college application deadlines.
To determine whether the June SAT is right for you, make sure you consider important factors such as your application deadlines, finals, AP exams, and SAT subject tests.
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Hannah received her MA in Japanese Studies from the University of Michigan and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California. From 2013 to 2015, she taught English in Japan via the JET Program. She is passionate about education, writing, and travel.