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SAT Test Dates 2017 - 2018

Posted by Justin Berkman | Mar 24, 2017 4:00:00 PM

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When trying to plan an SAT study schedule, you must first know when exactly you'll be taking the SAT. In this article, we give you all SAT test dates, deadlines, and score release dates for the 2017-2018 testing year. We also provide you with our top four tips for helping you choose the best SAT test date for your schedule.

 

SAT Test Dates 2017-2018

Below are the anticipated SAT test dates for 2017-18, as confirmed by the College Board. The registration deadlines and online score release dates are our estimations, which we calculated using the patterns of previous testing years. Once the College Board officially releases details for the 2017-18 testing year, we will update the below dates as needed.

This year marks the first time there will be an August test date and no January test date. This August test date will only be offered within the U.S. Starting in 2018, the March test date will be available outside the U.S., and the international November and June test dates will offer SAT Subject Tests only.

 

SAT Test Dates 2017-18 (U.S.)

Test Date

Normal Deadline

Late Registration*

Online Score Release

August 26, 2017

July 28, 2017

August 15, 2017

September 14, 2017

October 7, 2017

September 8, 2017

September 22, 2017

October 27, 2017

November 4, 2017

October 6, 2017

October 20, 2017

November 23, 2017

December 2, 2017

November 3, 2017

November 17, 2017

December 21, 2017

March 10, 2018**

February 9, 2018

February 23, 2018

March 29, 2018

May 5, 2018

April 6, 2018

April 20, 2018

May 24, 2018

June 2, 2018

May 4, 2018

May 18, 2018

June 21, 2018

*The late registration deadline is one week earlier if you are registering by mail.

**Regular SAT only.

 

SAT Test Dates 2017-18 (International)

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Online Score Release

October 7, 2017

September 8, 2017

October 27, 2017

November 4, 2017*

October 6, 2017

November 23, 2017

December 2, 2017

November 3, 2017

December 21, 2017

March 10, 2018**

February 9, 2018

March 29, 2018

May 5, 2018

April 6, 2018

May 24, 2018

June 2, 2018*

May 4, 2018

June 21, 2018

*SAT Subject Tests only.

**Regular SAT only.

 

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How to Choose an SAT Test Date: 4 Key Tips

Familiarizing yourself with upcoming SAT test dates allows you to customize your study plan and choose a date that'll fit well with your schedule. Here are four tips to help you select an ideal SAT test date.

 

#1: Make Sure You Know Your Deadlines!

The most important thing to remember is to take your SAT early enough so that your scores will arrive before your college application deadlines. The most common regular decision deadline is January 1, and the most common early action deadlines are November 1 and 15.

The College Board typically sends out SAT scores to schools (for your four free score reports) within three to five weeks after your test date. You can check the "Online Score Release" columns in the tables above for exact score release dates. However, some schools can take a week to process SAT scores they've received. As a rule, then, try to stick with SAT test dates that are at least five or six weeks before your deadlines (seven or eight weeks if you'll need to order additional score reports).

Below is a handy chart listing common application deadlines and their latest recommended and latest possible SAT test dates. The latest recommended dates are all but guaranteed to get your scores to your schools in time, whereas the latest possible dates have a much higher risk of delivering your scores after your deadlines. As with anything, weigh your options carefully before making a decision!

 

College App Deadline

Latest Recommended SAT Date

Latest Possible SAT Date*

October 15

August

August

November 1

August

October

November 15

October

October

November 30

October

November

December 1

October

November

December 15

November

November

January 1

November

December

January 10-15

December

December

February 1

December

December

February 15

December

December

March 1

December

December

March 15

December

December

April 1

December

March

April 15

December

March

May 1

March

March

May 15

March

March

June 1

March

May

June 15

March

May

July 1

May

June

July 15

May

June

August 1

June

June

August 15

June

June

September 1

June

June

*These dates may get your scores to your schools in time, or they may not! So choose wisely.

 

Don't forget about SAT scholarship deadlines, either. If you want to obtain any scholarships that consider your SAT score, you’ll need to have your test scores sent in before your scholarship deadlines. Oftentimes, these deadlines are the same as college application deadlines.

 

#2: Set Aside Time for Retakes

Most students improve their scores when they take the SAT, so you'll want to give yourself an opportunity to take the test multiple times.

Generally, we suggest doing the following:

  • Take your first SAT in the fall of your junior year.
  • Take your second SAT in the spring of your junior year.
  • Take your third SAT in the summer/fall of your senior year (if necessary).

If you can't (or didn't) take the SAT in the fall as a junior, don't sweat it — just take it as soon as you can in the spring, ideally in March. This way you'll still have several opportunities to retake the exam in June, August, and in the fall as a senior.

However, try not to choose any back-to-back SAT sessions, especially in the fall of your senior year. SATs are scheduled so closely together that you often won't even receive your scores until the late registration deadline for the following test date has already passed! You also likely won't have enough time to study effectively in-between tests. So space out your SATs — your weary brain will thank you for it!

 

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#3: Come Up With a Solid Study Plan

When selecting an SAT test date, you'll want to give yourself enough time to properly prepare for the exam. We generally advise students to study for three to six months. But no matter how long (or how short) your time frame is before test day, you should always know exactly how many hours you'll need to study in order to hit your goal score.

Our estimates for study hours and total point improvements on the SAT are as follows:

  • 0-30 point improvement: 10 hours
  • 30-70 point improvement: 20 hours
  • 70-130 point improvement: 40 hours
  • 130-200 point improvement: 80 hours
  • 200-330 point improvement: 150 hours+

According to these estimates, the more points you want to score on the SAT, the more hours you'll need to dedicate to studying. For help with developing a surefire study plan, start with our guide on how to study for the SAT. As with any other test, though, make sure you're not trying to squeeze in too many study hours each day — wearing yourself down won't help you get a higher score, promise!

 

#4: Note Any Conflicts With Test Dates

Our final tip is to check to see whether you'll have any potential conflicts on or around your desired SAT test dates. For example, maybe the March test date is during your basketball playoffs and you’ll be too busy to study, or perhaps you'll want to avoid the May test date as you’ll be focusing on preparing for AP tests.

Although it can be difficult to carve out time during which you can fully devote yourself to the SAT, you don't want to overwhelm yourself with too many tests or other obligations. So grab a calendar, check your schedule, and choose the SAT test date that works best with your free time.

 

What's Next?

Want more info on SAT test dates? Check out our full guide to choosing SAT test dates, and peek ahead with our guides to 2018-19 and future SAT test dates.

Curious about ACT test dates, too? We offer a comprehensive guide to all upcoming ACT test dates as well as an expert review of the best SAT and ACT test dates.

 

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Justin Berkman
About the Author

Justin has extensive experience teaching SAT prep and guiding high school students through the college admissions and selection process. He is firmly committed to improving equity in education and helping students to reach their educational goals. Justin received an athletic scholarship for gymnastics at Stanford University and graduated with a BA in American Studies.



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