The SAT is given seven times a year, generally on a Saturday, in March, May, June, August, October, November, and December. The precise dates may be found on the current SAT exam date schedule.
Before college application deadlines, we recommend taking the SAT for the first time in the spring of your junior year and again in the fall. The majority of students who repeat the SAT improve their score, and some even do so more than once.
How to Pick the Best SAT Exam Date for You
Planning is always a part of the greatest approach. Choose a day in March, May, or June for your first exam. The following are important considerations:
•Locations of test centers
•Time for practice
•Deadlines for college applications
Let’s take a look at each one separately.
Locations of SAT Testing Centers
Thousands of testing facilities around the country, many of which are high schools or universities, conduct the SAT. However, not all test centers are open on all exam dates, and not all test centers have the same number of seats.
Students generally prefer to take the SAT in a venue that is familiar to them. Determine whether your institution is a test center and, if so, which SAT dates it provides. If your institution does not have a test center, pick the closest site that offers the SAT on the day you choose. Using our online search engine, you can locate SAT test centers.
In your junior and senior years of high school, you’ll have a lot on your plate. Due to prior obligations such as a family wedding, vacation, or athletic activity, you may need to omit some SAT dates.
By the way, don’t be concerned about the SAT interfering with your decision to take the ACT® as well. Every year, the College Board arranges with the ACT® to ensure that they are never offered on the same day (so you won’t have to worry about that).
SAT Practice & Preparation
You’ll need to set aside some time to practice for the SAT if you want to perform well. You’ll feel more confident each time you take the test if you’re well-prepared.
When it comes to choosing your exam dates, remember to provide aside time for practice. If you took the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, you may utilize your results to help you create a personalized SAT study plan and timetable. During the two to three months coming up to the SAT, the majority of students study. On Official SAT Practice, you may create a practice plan that works for you and sign up for practice reminder emails to help you remain on track.
In the next part, we will talk about the other important things to consider when scheduling your SAT test day.
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