SAT Test Dates calendar with red thumbtack.

As you prepare to take the SAT, you have many SAT test dates to choose from. Choosing the right date can feel overwhelming—you have to find the right test center, complete the registration process, and make sense of SAT costs, all while hoping to avoid any accidental change fees.

Piqosity is here to help! Here, we provide the upcoming SAT test dates, as well as a guide to choosing the best date for you.

Upcoming SAT Test Dates

Here are the upcoming SAT test dates (taken directly from the SAT website). Note that the remaining 2023 test dates are for the current, pencil-and-paper SAT—starting in 2024, the SAT will be administered in a new, fully digital format.

SAT Test Date Registration Deadline Deadline for Changes, Cancellation, and Late Registration
August 24, 2024 August 9 August 13
October 5, 2024 September 20 September 24
November 2, 2024 October 18 October 22
December 7, 2024 November 22 November 26
March 8, 2025 February 21 February 25
May 3, 2025 April 18 April 22
June 7, 2025 May 22 May 27

*Students who plan to take the digital SAT but don’t have access to a device (such as a laptop or tablet) can borrow a device from the College Board. These students must register and request their device earlier than the registration deadline, 30 or more days before test day.

Planning to take the SAT after Summer 2024? The College Board has yet to confirm test dates, but below are their anticipated Fall 2024 SAT test dates:

SAT Test Date
August 23, 2025
October 4, 2025
November 8, 2025
December 6, 2025
March 14, 2026
May 2, 2026
June 6, 2026

Taking the ACT as well? Learn which ACT test dates are coming up!

Choosing the Best SAT Date for You

There are a number of things to consider when choosing the best SAT date for you. But first, it’s important to decide whether to take the SAT, the ACT, or both.

Step One: ACT vs. SAT

Many students take both the ACT and the SAT. Taking both of these college application tests can show off your academic prowess and how seriously you’re taking your upcoming college career.

However, taking both exams isn’t in the cards for everyone. In some cases, taking two tests is not advisable if you don’t have the time to adequately prepare for two unique tests. You might also not be able to commit to two testing dates, depending on your schedule of extracurriculars, volunteer work, or a job outside of school.

If you decide not to take both exams, now you should choose whether to take the ACT or the SAT. Many states require that you take the SAT or the ACT, so ensure whether your state has such a requirement before weighing your options. There are a lot of considerations that go into this decision, and you need to understand the differences between the tests and how those align with your preferences as an individual learner and test-taker.

For example, the ACT includes a science section, while the SAT does not. SAT Math favors simpler concepts, and doesn’t advance much further than Algebra 2, but it does delve more deeply into each concept. Both exams have a “reading and writing” portion, but the SAT combines them into one score while the ACT has separate English and Reading scores.

There are much higher level level differences than these, of course, so we highly recommend diving deeper into what sets these tests apart. Doing this will help you decide which is the best exam for you to take, and which will play best to your strengths and weaknesses.

Step Two: Choose Your SAT Testing Location

If you’re taking the SAT in 2023, then the test will be in-person and you must choose a testing location. If you’re not planning to take the SAT before 2024—you’re in luck! From 2024 onwards, every SAT will be digital.

To find an SAT test center, you will need to fill out a form on the SAT website. The form looks like this:

Online SAT Test Center Search form.

Pick your desired test date, and input your zip code and how far you’re willing to travel to take the exam. Immediately, you will be able to view dozens of options of SAT test centers. This list can get lengthy, so you will have many options.

The locations are listed based on their distance from your zip code; as such, if you want to take your test at the closest location, that school will be near the top. Remember to consider things like traffic, distance, and familiarity with the venue before choosing your test center. Also, not every test center will provide the SAT on each date, so if you have a specific test center in mind, you may need to change SAT test dates.

Step Three: Consider SAT Costs & Fee Waivers

The cost of the SAT is $60, but there are other SAT costs that may apply to you. For example, if you need to change your SAT test center, you will be charged a $25 fee. A full registration cancellation is another $25. A late registration is $30, and cancelling that late registration is another $35. So, it’s important—and cost-effective—to know exactly what you need and avoid errors during the SAT registration process.

There are fee waivers available for some students who meet certain requirements. If you do meet these requirements, you can take the SAT for free. There are other benefits, too, like the ability to send free, unlimited score reports to the colleges of your choice. Certain colleges will even waive your application fees. Find out more in our exploration of SAT costs & fee waivers.

The Bottom Line

After reviewing SAT test dates, hopefully you have the perfect one in mind. Before registering for the SAT, remember to consider:

  • Whether you want to take the SAT, ACT, or both.
  • Whether you have enough preparation time in accordance with your decision.
  • Where you would like to take the SAT test (if you’re taking it in 2023).
  • SAT costs & fee waiver options.

Once you know these things, it’s time to register for the SAT. And, after your registration is complete, it will be time to prepare for your upcoming test.

Prepare for the SAT with Piqosity

Now that you have the SAT test dates and the tools to register for the SAT, it’s time to consider how you’re prepping for this exam!

Piqosity’s extensive, exceptional online SAT test prep offers an incredible set of resources, including up to 10 full-length SAT practice tests with answers and explanations, designed to help you identify your weak areas and keep improving. When you sign up for Piqosity, you have access to our test prep materials for 365 days. So, no matter how many times you take the test, you will have the resources of Piqosity on your side.

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