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SAT International Test Dates Guide (2017 and 2018)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Sep 18, 2017 5:00:00 PM

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Here we look at international SAT test dates for the the 2017–2018 year. This year is the first year the SAT will no longer administer the January SAT, which means some shifting around of what dates are offered internationally. We've recorded what we've learned in this article.


Upcoming SAT Test Days in 2017 and 2018

We've scoured the College Board website to get the most up to date predictions for international test dates, including changes in what months the SAT is offered. For example, historically the November test has been given internationally, but won't be in 2017; the March test has not been offered internationally in the past, but will be in 2018.

In addition, the regular deadline for the domestic SAT is the same as the only and final deadline for the international test: there is no late registration if you are taking the SAT outside of the US.

Test Date Registration Deadline Deadline for Changes  Early Reg via Rep
October 7, 2017 September 8, 2017 September 27, 2017 August 23, 2017
November 4, 2017 (USA only!) NA NA NA
December 2, 2017 November 2, 2017 November 21, 2017 October 18, 2017
March 10, 2018 February 9, 2018 February 28, 2018 January 24, 2018
May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018 April 25, 2018 March 21, 2018
June 2, 2018* May 3, 2018 May 23, 2018 April 18, 2018
August 25, 2018 (USA only!) NA NA NA

* = SAT Subject Tests only; no regular SATs offered this date internationally
USA only = not international (greyed out)


Guide to Choosing the Best Dates for You

So when should you take the SAT? We've developed a thorough guide to considering the best dates for you that details the four test date factors you should consider. You should also plan ahead and think about whether you want to take the SAT more than once.  

Note that the main difference between International and Domestic testing is that there are fewer interntional test dates and no late registration for international students. The major implication of this is that you can't always wait for the last test's score to come out before you sign up for the next possible SAT test date.

For example, a domestic student can wait until her March test comes back, and if she did badly, she can register late for the May SAT). Depending on if March scores come out in time, international students might not be able to do this. However, this is not a big loss: few students would want to take two tests in a row because there really isn't time to improve or study in such a short amount of time.

Second, if money is not an issue, international students can simply pre-emptively register for two dates in a row, and then cancel the second test date if they do well on the first test. The cost of cancellation is only the monetary cost of the test.

Otherwise, international testing and domestic testing have more similarities than differences!


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What's Next?

The next step after you've figured out which test dates work for you 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.


Other Articles You May Be Interested In

Find out which exact dates you want to choose with our Table of 2017-2018 SAT Test Dates, and then read our Full Review of Every Single 2017-2018 SAT Test Date here.

Future years SAT test dates for other years  (see especially the disclaimer on projections).

What's the best way to prep for the SAT as an international student? Learn more about the importance of the SAT/ACT and the resources you'll need with this complete guide.

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Dr. Fred Zhang
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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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