SAT Test Dates

The Most Preferred Dates for SAT

There are a number of college entrance examinations, which are held quite a few times in a year. Students appearing for such examinations are often confused about selecting a suitable test date. For example, if you are planning to take the SAT, then there are a number of possibledates for you to choose from. Apparently, this might seem to be very comfortable, but the selection of the test date is a quite difficult task as you must take into account a number of things. One of the most important things that you should consider is the location, from where you are appearing for the test. The importance of this aspect has been discussed in the following section of the article.

Place of Residence

The SAT is an international examination. It is held all over the world, but on different dates. If you are a resident of the USA and want to know about thetest dates, then click on the following link:

If you are an international student and want to know about the available SAT dates then, click on the following link:

The Best SAT Test Date

'When should I take the SAT?' is the question that is uppermost, in the minds of most candidates, aspiring to study in the premier colleges of the USA. Certain pointers to make the selection process easier for them are as follows:

  • Type of the SAT: The SAT dates will differ based on the type of the examination that you are planning to take. In other words, the dates will depend on whether you are appearing for SAT I or SAT II (SAT subjects tests). Most students prefer to take the two tests on separate dates. Since the SAT is a strenuous examination, it is better to take the SAT I first and then on the next available date, take the SAT subject tests of your choice.
  • Preparing for the examination: SAT is an examination, which requires a lot of hard work and diligence. Hence, you must be well-prepared for it. The date you select should give you sufficient time to practice and prepare for the test. Only, when you are confident about your preparation, should you select a test date.
  • Score choice: The Collegeboard has introduced a new option called 'score choice'. Under this facility, you can choose whether or not you want to send your  scores, to the colleges. If you have not fared well in the SAT and want to appear for another SAT, then the 'score choice' option becomes handy. However, remember that Collegeboard will keep an account of the number of times you have taken the examination. Colleges often reject 'score choice' and ask Collegeboard to provide the score cards of all your attempts. In such a scenario, if the colleges find that you have appeared for SAT a number of times, then it will not go in your favor. Hence, you should prepare well and select a date only when you are sure that you will score well. Do not misuse the 'score choice' option.
  • Preferred time to join college: Another important factor that will decide your test date is when you want to join college. For example, if you are a senior and want to join college in spring next year, then you should appear for SAT in early October. If you choose a later date, then there are chances that your score will not reach the colleges in time. Hence, you should select a test date that provides enough buffer time for the scores to reach the colleges. This will ensure that you do not miss the admissions deadlines.

The above-mentioned list will give you a general idea of what most candidates consider while selecting test dates. Some candidates, however, need certain special arrangements. The following section explains one such scenario and the steps that you need to take in order to avail the special services.

Special SAT Provisions

If you require any special facility then too you will have to choose your test appointment accordingly. For example, if you cannot take the test on a Saturday, due to religious reasons, and require Sunday testing, then you should choose the dates keeping that in mind. Remember, choosing test dates properly is almost as important as the examination itself. So take your time, analyze the pros and cons of the available dates, and then make the final choice.