You can still register to take the SAT on these spring and summer dates in 2023!

SAT Test Date Registration Deadline Late Fee Deadline
March 11, 2023 February 10 February 28
May 6, 2023 April 7 April 25
June 3, 2023 May 4 May 23
August 26, 2023* July 28 August 15
October 7, 2023* September 8  September 26 
November 4, 2023* October 6  October 24 
December 2, 2023* November 3  November 21 
March 9, 2024 February 23 February 27
May 4, 2024 April 19 April 23
June 1, 2024 May 17 May 21

*Exact fall and winter test dates will be available this summer. Aside from these national test dates, many schools offer the SAT during the school day, especially in states where it is the state-mandated test for juniors. 

Check with your school counselor or state education website to see if and when your school offers the tests. These tests usually begin in March (states including Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, and Ohio) and until late-April (Idaho and New Mexico). 

What does the SAT cost in 2023? 

Check the SAT website for the most current fee schedule. 

Cost
Full SAT test $60
Test option change $25
Late fee $30
Additional score reports $12

If you are a student who is eligible for Federal Free and Reduced lunch programs, the College Board offers waivers for up to two free SAT tests and unlimited score reports

When should you take the SAT? 

Now that you know when the SAT tests are (and how much they cost), how do you decide which test date is right for you?

First, it’s important to know how many times you should take the SAT. Very rarely does anyone get their best score the first time. We recommend that you take the SAT at least four times: twice junior year and twice senior year. But deciding which test dates are best can vary. 

Here are a few questions to ask as you plan out your SAT testing schedule. 

Will your school offer the SAT? 

If they do, that means you get a free testing opportunity. But that doesn’t mean you should take it easy or wait until your school test date to think about the SAT. Better yet, make the school-offered SAT your second test. Sign up to take either the November or December or SAT prior to your school’s test so you’re prepared for the format of the test, the timing, and the content. It can also be a great idea to take the test on the national Saturday date closest to your school’s testing date—this way you get double the testing out of your preparation!

What’s your college application timeline?

Make a list of the colleges you are considering and write down their application deadlines. See when you need to have taken the SAT in order to submit your application. Most colleges will accept SAT scores from seniors through the December test of their fall semester, but it’s worth checking to make sure you have all the pieces of your application in place to get into your college choices—don’t forget to consider early applications as well! Also check on when scholarships are awarded. Some schools only disburse a limited amount of money, so you want to get your name under consideration before the funds run out!

What other commitments do you have? 

While you shouldn’t put off the SAT because of other commitments, extracurricular activities, or your academic load, it is worth looking at your schedule to consider what else might be happening at the same time as the test. If you’re an athlete, you might not have your best test the day after a long drive back from an away game. If you are a musician or an actor, try to avoid a test date directly after a big performance. Consider your schedule and choose which four SAT tests you’ll take over the course of your junior and senior years. 

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