SAT Test Sites and Dates

10 Points to Remember About SAT Test Sites and Dates

Time is a quantity that needs to be respected and adhered to when registering for competitive exams and preparing for them. For any discerning applicant time is of high value, be it for selecting test sites and dates or choosing preparatory courses. If you’re not on time then you’re surely out of it. It is more than crucial for an applicant to understand the importance to perform these tasks well before time. What follows are ten pointers that applicants need to keep in mind while choosing their test centers and dates, and doing so well within time is probably the most important one out of these.

  1. SAT Program Guide - To find test locations closest to your home, you could use the SAT Program Guide available at your high school and look under the section called ‘Test Centers and Codes’. There would be a list of test centers here and you could pick out the ones suited to you and put in their codes while filling out your registration form.

  2. College Board Website - If you are registering online and not through the SAT Program Guide, then the College Board website would be an accurate way to find test centers and dates. The ‘Code Search’ section of the website would guide you to the codes of various schools and test sites which you can choose after you have entered your country (in the case of international applicants) and region (local applicants).

  3. Phone Call– Applicants can also know about the test sites on the phone by calling the College Board customer services between 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM EST at (866) 756-7346 for local applicants and at (212) 713-7789 for international applicants.

  4. Test Dates– Applicants should at all time be aware of registration deadlines and complete the registration process well before time to secure favorable test centers and dates. Four dates for 2012 are out and these are on January 28, March 10, May 5 and June 4 with their registration deadlines falling a month in advance.

  5. Time is Essential– Time needs to be kept in mind while selecting test centers and dates and so applicants should choose early because it is probable they might not get the center closer to their home if it has already filled up and they have delayed with the registration.

  6. Center Too Far Away– In case an applicant has been given a center that is more than 100 miles away and finds it difficult to get there, he can request for a center closer to his preferred location.

  7. Test Accommodation– Students suffering from disabilities and need to arrive early or stay near the test sites have the option of requesting for test accommodation. There are also special requests that are taken care of like Braille format of the test, large print or wheel chair. Applicants requiring this need to visit the SSD (Services for Students with Disabilities) page and inform the SSD staff about their requirements.

  8. Locate the Center- Take a drive to the test center a day before the exam so that you know the route well and look for alternative routes as well, just in case there is traffic on the main route on the exam day.

  9. Carry a Snack or Juice– Although some test centers may have food kiosks/canteens, but its wise not to depend on those if you can afford a snack from home. You will have three breaks in between the test and you’re bound to get grubby, so pack a snack for yourself.

  10. Clothing – Applicants should dress in layers or carry a jacket with in case the test center is too cold. Alternatively they can wear a short sleeved t-shirt in case it is too warm inside the test site.