There are seven SAT test dates throughout the year. Contact your local C2 Education today to figure out which test date is best for you!

There are seven official SAT test dates for the 2018-2019 school year. In the chart we’ve provided below, you can see each SAT test date along with their registration deadlines and late registration deadline. It’s helpful knowing all of the deadlines in case you want to take the test right if you get your SAT score report and decide you need perform better.

Test DateRegistration DeadlineLate Registration Deadline
August 25, 2018July 27, 2018August 15, 2018
October 6, 2018September 7, 2018September 26, 2018
November 3, 2018October 5, 2018October 24, 2018
December 1, 2018November 2, 2018November 20, 2018
March 9, 2019February 8, 2019February 27, 2019
May 4, 2019April 5, 2019April 24, 2019
June 1, 2019May 3, 2019May 22, 2019

When to Take the SAT

We recommend that most students first take the SAT by spring of junior year. This ensures that students will have addressed most of the test material in their courses and that they still have plenty of time for additional test prep and future test dates before they need to finalize their SAT scores for college applications. Look here for information about which tests to take when on the road to college.

There are some pros and cons to certain test dates:

Test DateProsCons
August
  • Rising seniors can finalize their test scores before school starts
  • Still time to meet early application deadlines
  • Only worthwhile for students who do test prep during the summer months
October
  • Still early enough to meet some early application deadlines
  • Early enough to retest if needed in order to meet regular application deadlines
  • For seniors in the midst of application season, this test date adds stress to an already stressful time
November
  • Early enough to retest if needed in order to meet regular application deadlines
  • For seniors in the midst of application season, this test date adds stress to an already stressful time
December
  • Typically last chance to meet regular application deadlines
  • Good opportunity for juniors to start testing before AP exam prep season starts
  • For students with upcoming finals, this may not be the ideal time for testing
March
  • Good opportunity for juniors to take their first test or to check in on score progress before diving into AP exam prep
  • Some juniors may be able to finalize scores, allowing them to focus on AP exams, schoolwork, and college essays without the stress of testing
  • Students taking a lot of APs may need to dedicate more time to AP exam prep, making this a less than ideal time for the SAT
May
  • Students with fully packed summers may want to try to finalize SAT scores before summer starts
  • AP exams likely make this test date less attractive for most students
June
  • With AP exams over, this may be a good time to take the SAT
  • If students don’t hit their final scores on this test date, the scores can better inform their summer test prep
  • Students who just finished AP exams and finals may not have adequate time to prepare