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SAT Test Dates 2015 - 2016

2016We present information about SAT test dates for the 2015-2016 school year here. We also link to our top articles that you must read before deciding on a test date.


Table: 2015-2016 SAT Test Dates and Deadlines

The 2015-2016 school year's test dates, normal registration deadlines, late registration deadlines, and score availability are posted below.

Test Date Normal Deadline Late Registration Online Score Release
October 3, 2015 September 3, 2015 September 22, 2015 October 22, 2015
November 7, 2015 October 9, 2015 October 27, 2015 November 26, 2015
December 5, 2015 November 5, 2015 November 23, 2015 December 24, 2015
January 23, 2016 December 28, 2015 January 12, 2016 February 11, 2016
March 5, 2016 * February 5, 2016 February 23, 2016 May 10, 2016
May 7, 2016 * April 8, 2016 April 26, 2016 June 14, 2016
June 4, 2016 * May 5, 2016 May 25, 2016 July 12, 2016

* = New SAT Test Dates for all tests March 2016 and forward — see note below

The College Board administers the SAT on Saturdays, with more tests offered in the fall. If you can't take the test on Saturday for religious or other reasons, Sunday alternate dates are usually available.


Visual Calendar of 2015 and 2016 Dates

You shouldn't just put down the next date that's available. To choose the best test dates for you personally, we have created a full guide for you for SAT test date selection.

First, here are four test date factors you should consider. Second, you should plan ahead and think about whether you want to take the SAT more than once. (Note: the chart below is based on older predictions, so while the test dates are accurate, refer above to the offical table for exactly accurate Normal and Late Deadline Dates)



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You can clearly see a few things immediately:

  • SAT test dates are very tightly clustered in the fall. In Spring 2016 the dates were much more spread out, with the exception of May/June.

  • It's difficult to take two SATs in a row: by the time the score comes out, the late registration date has already passed. Besides, you'll want to prep to make the most of a re-test.



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What's Next?

The next step after you've figured out which dates you want 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.


Notes about New SAT and Accuracy

All the SATs from March 2016 forward are in the New SAT (out of 1600) format. Since these tests were still being actively developed by the College Board, they were especially liable for fluctuation — even after official College Board announces them formally. Last minute College Board date changes can and do happen historically, so we encourage you sign up for our free notification through our blog. We'll keep an eye on changes so you don't have to!


Other Articles You May Be Interested In

Future Years' SAT Test Dates

How to Choose the Best SAT Test Dates (updated!)


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