SAT Exam Dates





How Should You Select SAT Exam Dates?

Immediately after high school, the concern for most students is college admissions. SAT is the gateway to admissions in case of most of the colleges in the United States. It is a globally recognized exam consisting of three sections- critical reading, writing and math. These subjects are considered since they are taught in all high schools as basics.

The selection of SAT exam dates is very important, since it has to be in time to get your college application ready. Most of the students attempt SAT twice, once during the spring of their junior year and again during the fall of their senior year. The first attempt is like a trial and the second one is the serious one.

How to Choose

The process of selecting SAT exam dates isn’t as easy as you may think. It takes a lot of planning ahead. Here are a few aspects that you have to keep in mind when you choose SAT exam dates-

  • You have to be aware of your own level of preparation. You can do this by attempting a mock test on the College Board site (www.collegeboard.org). This will tell you exactly where you stand and how much more practice you need. Depending on this you can choose your SAT exam dates.
  • Always have the application deadlines in mind. Visit the websites of the universities that you are applying to and note down the deadlines for applications to various courses. Plan accordingly.
  • If you want to take the SAT subject tests, then you should be aware that all subject tests need not be administered on a particular test date. There are some dates where no subject tests are offered. Although it isn’t necessary that you take the SAT and subject tests on the same date, it is advisable to do so. So before selecting your SAT test dates, make sure that the subject test you want to take is available on that day.
  • All payments done in favor of College Board, for registration, books, online course etc. are non-refundable (except a few tools like question and answer service). Therefore, make sure that you are completely free on the SAT test dates of your choice and there are no other engagements to distract you.
  • Have the registration deadlines in mind. The registration for any date closes about 25-30 days before the test. In this case you have to avail the late registration option. This will cost an extra $26. Note that even this service is available for only up to 15 days before the test.
  • Research has shown that subject tests related to science and math should be taken immediately after completion of your course in school, whereas students perform better in languages after 1-2 years of study.

Dates in the Next Two Years

Here are the SAT test dates coming up in the next two years i.e. 2011 and 2012 -

Date

Subject tests available

Registration deadlines

Late registration

Changes allowed

November 5

US History

Chemistry

Physics

Literature

Math level 2

French with listening

Chinese with listening

German with listening

Japanese with listening

Spanish with listening

Korean with listening

Math level 1

Biology E/M

October 7

October 21

October 19

December 3

US History

World History

Literature

Chemistry

Physics

Latin

French

Italian

Spanish

Math level 2

Math level 1

Biology E/M

November 8

November 20

November 16

January 28

US History

Literature

Chemistry

Physics

French

Spanish

Math level 1

Math level 2

Biology E/M

December 30

January 13

January 11

March 10

February 10

February 24

February 22

May 5

US History

Literature

Chemistry

Physics

French

Spanish

Math level 1

Math level 2

Biology E/M

April 6

April 20

April 18

June 2

US History

World History

Literature

Chemistry

Physics

Latin

French

German

Spanish

Modern Hebrew

Math level 1

Math level 2

Biology E/M

May 8

May 22

May 16


These deadlines are applicable as per the United States’ standard time. Also notice that the ‘changes’ column lets you change various aspects of your registration like date, venue and subjects. For more details on the SAT test dates and a detailed study plan according to your date, visit www.collegeboard.org.




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