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SAT International Test Dates Guide (2018 and 2019)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Aug 23, 2018 5:00:00 PM

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Here we look at international SAT test dates for the the 2018–2019 year. The test months haven't changed since last year, but the dates have! We've recorded what we've learned in this article.


Upcoming SAT Test Days in 2018 and 2019

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 SAT was offered internationally in November, while it won't be going forward; on the other hand, the SAT wasn't available internationally in March, but will be in 2019.

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 6, 2018 September 7, 2018 September 26, 2018 August 22, 2018
November 3, 2018 (USA (no NY) only!) NA NA NA
December 1, 2018 November 2, 2018 November 20, 2018 October 17, 2018
March 9, 2019 February 8, 2019 February 27, 2019 January 23, 2019
May 4, 2019 April 5, 2019 April 24, 2019 March 20, 2019
June 1, 2019* May 3, 2019 May 22, 2019 April 17, 2019
August 24, 2019 (USA (no NY and CA) 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 international 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 preemptively 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 2018-2019 SAT Test Dates, and then read our Full Review of Every Single 2018-2019 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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