Best time to take SAT (Part 2)


In the last part we talked about; finding available test centers, your personal time and also having enough time to prepare for the SAT.


Taking the SAT a second time


In March, May, or June of their junior year, many students take the SAT for the first time. You’ve already completed nearly three years of high school study, so you’re well prepared, and you still have lots of opportunities to retake the SAT (and enhance your score) if you want to.

By taking the SAT a second time, you can tailor your preparation by focusing on the areas where you need the most help, and you’ll also have a better idea of what to expect on test day. Retaking the SAT before your college application deadlines is most common in August, October, and November.

Deadlines for College


In the end, you’ll mail your SAT score to the universities to which you’ve applied. This means you’ll need to be aware of their application deadlines and ensure you have enough time to test and submit your results before the deadline. Regular decision dates for high school seniors are often in December or January, with the most frequent early action or early admission deadline in November. Scores are usually available a few weeks after the exam date, and sending them to colleges takes some time. When choosing a SAT test date, keep in mind the exam’s score release date.

When Is the Best Time to Take the SAT?


The next step is to register online when you’ve chosen your desired date. Our exam dates are organized to correspond to the academic school year, therefore the dates for Fall 2021—Spring 2022 encompass tests from August 2021 to June 2022. Next registration dates open in the summer, so once you’ve completed your Spring exam, you’ll receive an email when the new academic year’s registration dates are announced.

If you have your heart set on a certain test center and day, it’s a good idea to register ahead of time to ensure your spot—some test centers fill up quickly, forcing you to pick a new day and place. This is especially true for overseas SAT test takers, because some nations only have a limited number of test facilities and seats.

Late Registration is available.


Some students prefer not to commit to a test date until it is considerably closer to the actual exam day. There is a regular registration deadline and a late registration deadline for each SAT administration. The usual deadline is around four weeks before to the test date, whereas the late deadline is approximately two weeks prior to the test date. Late registrations incur an additional price (unless you have a SAT fee waiver), thus we encourage that you register as soon as possible to avoid expenses. Additionally, the later you register, the less options you’ll have for testing locations and/or dates.

Changing the date or location of your SAT test


You can modify your SAT test date or location if you change your mind after you’ve enrolled (there is a change fee). Changing your registration date may need changing your test center, and changing your test center may necessitate changing your date.

School Day for the SAT


Many states, districts, and schools participate in SAT School Day, which allows you to test during school hours on October, March, and April days. Inquire with your counselor if the SAT will be administered on a school day.

You can retake the SAT on a SAT School Day if you took it on a Saturday before. You can take it again at one of the national Saturday test dates if you’re taking it on a SAT School Day. It’s entirely up to you!

As you can see, taking the SAT is a significant choice that requires careful consideration. Now that you have all of the information you want, select the forthcoming SAT test day that is most convenient for you to reserve your seat.

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