SAT Test Dates and Times





When Can You Take the SAT and How Many Times

When Can You Take the SAT?

The SAT test dates and times are varied across the year; thus making it easy for you to select your SAT test dates and times according to your convenience. The SAT test is held seven times a year in the U.S. and six times a year at international locations. The SAT test dates and times are the same across all locations, U.S. and international.

You can appear for either the SAT test or the SAT Subject Tests on the designated dates. The SAT test dates and times for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests are the same except for the March test. The SAT Subject Tests are not held in March. For international locations, there is no provision for appearing for a SAT test in March. Thus, you need to plan carefully about when you want to take the SAT test and when you want to take the Subject Test.

You can request for a change of date or test using the “Change By” option. However, you need to request the change on a Wednesday that is 2-3 weeks preceding your test date. You can request for modifying your SAT test dates and times either online or by phone, depending on type of change you want to request. For example, if you have registered for a SAT test and want to take a SAT Subject Test on that day instead, you need to contact the Customer Service by phone. For more information about registering for SAT dates and times or modifying your test dates, see the SAT College Board website at http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/registration-changes.

SAT Test Dates and Times

The SAT test dates and times are published much in advance to allow you to plan for the dates when you want to appear for the test. The advance schedule also allows you enough time for your preparation. For example, registrations for the June test are open; this allows you about six months of preparation time.

The SAT test dates and registration dates for students taking the test in the U.S. is as follows:

Test Dates

Test

International Registration Dates

Regular

Late (a fee applies)

December 3, 2011

SAT &
Subject Tests

November 8, 2011

November 16, 2011

January 28, 2012

SAT &
Subject Tests

December 30, 2011

January 13, 2012

March 10, 2012

SAT only

February 10, 2012

February 24, 2012

May 5, 2012

SAT &
Subject Tests

April 6, 2012

April 20, 2012

June 2, 2012

SAT & Subject Tests

May 8, 2012

May 22, 2012


The SAT test dates and registration dates for students taking the test at other international locations is as follows:

Test Dates

Test

International Registration Dates

Early

Regular

December 3, 2011

SAT &
Subject Tests

October 25, 2011

November 8, 2011

January 28, 2012

SAT &
Subject Tests

December 20, 2011

December 30, 2011

May 5, 2012

SAT &
Subject Tests

March 27, 2012

April 6, 2012

June 2, 2012

SAT &
Subject Tests

April 24, 2012

May 8, 2012

How Many Times Can You Take the SAT?

You can take the SAT test more than once. Most students opt for a second time if their scores are not up to the mark. However, the results of students over the years have shown that taking the SAT test more than twice does not increase the scores significantly. Thus, your first attempt should always be the best attempt. The testing format is uniform on all SAT test dates and times.

You must select your SAT dates and times judiciously so that you have ample time for preparation. You must also check with the colleges that you are applying for to know about the sessions when they accept SAT scores; for example, whether they accept scores for their September session or for the January session.




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