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SAT International Test Dates Guide (2020 and 2021)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Jul 19, 2020 5:00:00 PM

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Here we look at international SAT test dates for the the 2020-2021 year. The test months haven't changed since last year, but the dates have! We've recorded what we've learned in this article.


COVID-19 2020 Test Cancellation Update

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the College Board has cancelled some of the 2020 SAT testing dates, but added a new September SAT date for this year. For more information, check out this article (and check the official SAT COVID-19 update page, too).


Upcoming SAT Test Days in 2020 and 2021

We've scoured the College Board website to get the most up to date predictions for international test dates. As of right now, these are the projected dates provided by the College Board and may subject to change.

In addition, there is no late registration if you are taking the SAT outside of the US. We've also noted the dates of the International SAT Subject Tests, too.

Test Date Registration Deadline Deadline for Changes Early Registration via Rep
August 29, 2020 ** July 31, 2020 August 12, 2020 July 17, 2020
September 26, 2020 August 28, 2020
September 10, 2020 August 14, 2020
October 3, 2020 ** September 4, 2020 September 16, 2020 August 21, 2020
December 5, 2020 ** November 6, 2020 November 28, 2020 October 23, 2020
March 13, 2021 February 12, 2021 February 24, 2021 January 29, 2021
May 8, 2021 ** April 9, 2021 April 21, 2021 March 26, 2021
June 5, 2021 * May 7, 2021 May 19, 2021 April 23, 2021

The College Board 
* = SAT Subject Tests only; no regular SATs offered this date internationally
** = International SAT and International SAT Subject Tests offered on this date



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 full guide to choosing SAT test dates here.

You can also take a look at our collection of 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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