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SAT Test Dates

Find the best time for you to take your SAT below. We have listed all SAT test dates to help you choose the time that best fits your schedule. 

The standard test dates are on Saturdays. However, special exceptions are sometimes made for students to take the exam on a Sunday.

Many high schools students will take the SAT during the spring of their junior year and/or the fall of their senior year. The registration deadline is approximately one month before the test date. If you miss the deadline, you will pay an additional fee for late registration.

Summary: Check out all of the SAT test dates below. You will see registration information, testing center locations, and more.

SAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines for 2021 & 2022 (U.S.)

SAT Test Date (US)
Regular Registration Deadline
Late Registration Deadline
August 28, 2021 July 30, 2021 August 17, 2021
October 2, 2021 September 3, 2021 September 21, 2021
November 6, 2021 October 8, 2021 October 26, 2021
December 4, 2021 November 4, 2021 November 23, 2021
March 12, 2022 February 11, 2022 March 1, 2022
May 7, 2022 April 8, 2022 April 26, 2022
June 4, 2022 May 5, 2022 May 25, 2022

For more information on SAT test dates, check out the official site. You can find SAT registration information here.

SAT test dates typically follow a set formula - the first Saturday in November, December, May and June; the second Saturday in October and March; and the fourth Saturday in January. Sunday administrations usually occur the day after each Saturday test date for students who cannot test on Saturday.

Please note that some high schools may participate in School Day Testing. This allows all students in a school to take the exam during the week in their own classrooms. Students will be told whether their high school participates in School Day Testing.

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SAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines FOR 2021 & 2022 (International)

SAT Test Date (International)
Registration Deadline
Late Registration Deadline
October 2, 2021 September 3, 2021 August 17, 2021
December 4, 2021 November 4, 2021 November 23, 2021
March 12, 2022 February 11, 2022 March 1, 2022
May 7, 2022 April 8, 2022 April 26, 2022

SAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines for 2022 & 2023 (U.S.)

Note: these are the anticipated dates

SAT Test Date (US)
Regular Registration Deadline
Late Registration Deadline
August 27, 2022 July 28, 2022 August 15, 2022
October 1, 2021 September 2, 2022 September 20, 2022
November 5, 2022 October 5, 2022 October 23, 2022
December 3, 2022 November 3, 2022 November 21, 2022
March 11, 2023 February 11, 2023 February 22, 2023
May 6, 2023 April 7, 2023 April 25, 2023
June 3, 2023 May 5, 2023 May 16, 2023

 Source: SAT - Collegeboard

SAT Test Locations - U.S. & International

The SAT must be taken at a testing site. These testing sites are usually high schools, colleges, or universities. The same goes for international students who will be taking the SAT outside of the United States. 

When searching for a SAT testing center, it is important to ensure that the testing center offers the SAT on your desired date. Every location does not offer the exam for every SAT test date.

If you happen to live further than 75 miles from a testing center, you may qualify to take the exam closer to your home. Please keep in mind that this option is not available for every testing date and is not offered for all international locations.

SAT Test Late Registration

For SAT test takers in the U.S., U.S. Territories, and Puerto Rico, you are eligible to register late by paying an additional fee. Late registration by phone or online is usually available until approximately 11 days before the test date.

Please remember that you can take the SAT as often as you like - but you do have to pay for it each time. The SAT registration deadlines are important dates to remember - you do not want to miss registering for the test because you have forgotten the deadline.

It is also important to keep your college application deadlines in mind. You do not want to have to take the SAT after your school's deadline.

High school students typically take their SAT for the first time in the spring of their junior year. Many students also take the test a second time, usually in the fall of their senior year.  More than half of high school students take the SAT at least twice, with the majority of students showing an improvement in their test scores.

Other important information for U.S. students:

  • The U.S. deadlines are only applicable to students who take the SAT in the United States and other U.S. territories
  • If you mail your registration materials, they must be postmarked by the U.S. deadlines which expire at midnight eastern time.
  • If you cannot take the test on a Saturday for religious reasons, Sunday administrations are usually scheduled the day after each Saturday test date.
  • The November SAT test dates are the only ones that offer the Language with Listening tests.

SAT Testing FAQS

When to take the SAT for the first time?

The best time to take the SAT for the first time depends on your schedule and what you are looking for.

For most students, the spring of your junior year is the best time to take the SAT for the first time.

This allows you to take the exam before your senior year and see what you need to work on. You will be able to take the exam again over the summer or in the fall of your senior year.

What age should I take the SAT?

The minimum age requirement to take the SAT is 13 years old. With that being said, most students will take the SAT between the ages of 16-18.

Your age depends on where you are at in your high school career. It is generally recommended you take the SAT for the first time in the spring of your junior year of high school.

What is the best month to take the SAT?

The best month to take the SAT depends on your schedule. The exam is standardized so one version of the exam is not harder or easier than the others.

Try to find a month or time of the year where you are not busy. This will allow you proper time to prepare for the exam and be fresh when you sit for the exam.

It is important to keep college application deadlines and other deadlines you may have in mind when scheduling your SAT.

Last Updated: 12/6/2021

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