Each year, millions of students around the world line up to take their SATs, many hoping that their scores will be competitive enough to earn acceptance to the college of their choice. In the 2015-2016 school year, over 6.7 million students completed an SAT or PSAT-related assessment. This includes about 1.7 million graduating members of the class of 2016 who took the SAT at least once during their high school career.

 

This number is all the more impressive considering that the SAT is only offered on a handful of select dates every year. In fact, up until 2016, the test was offered officially just seven times per year. (Sunday test dates were offered to students who applied separately for a Saturday-testing exemption based on religious beliefs.)

 

What Does the Annual SAT Calendar Look Like?

Beginning in 2017, the SAT is now offered eight times per year. The additional testing date falls in August and represents the earliest test date in a new school-year.

 

The SAT is typically offered on the first Saturday of the month for the November, December, May, and June administrations. The remaining administration dates vary somewhat but generally include a date in the second-half of January, a date that alternates annually between March and April, and a date in early October. The newly-added August test administration date falls at the end of the month.

 

It’s important to note that if you are registering for SAT Subject Tests, not all subjects are available on every test administration date. You’ll need to check the calendar to find which subject tests are available on specific administration dates.

 

Generally, SAT dates are released by the school year rather than the calendar year. Anticipated dates are released up to two years in advance, but administration dates are not confirmed officially until the summer before the corresponding school year.

 

The SAT calendar also includes dates for:

  • General registration, which usually closes one month before the test administration date
  • Late registration, which usually closes two weeks before the test administration date
  • Registration changes, which usually close 10 days before the test administration date
  • Score release, which usually occurs three weeks after the test administration date

 

To get started on planning for your SATs, check out the free, printable CollegeVine SAT Checklist.

 

For a complete calendar of the U.S. SAT test dates released for 2017 so far, keep reading!

 

Complete List of 2017 SAT Dates

SAT Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

Registration Changes Deadline

Anticipated Score Release Date

SAT Subject Tests Available

Mar 11, 2017 Feb 10, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 (for mailed registrations)

Feb 28, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)

Feb 28, 2017 April 13 score delivery None
May 06, 2017 Apr 07, 2017 Apr 18, 2017 (for mailed registrations)

Apr 25, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)

Apr 25, 2017 June 8 score delivery
  • Literature
  • U.S. History
  • Mathematics Level 1
  • Mathematics Level 2
  • Biology E/M
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • French
  • Spanish
Jun 03, 2017 May 09, 2017 May 16, 2017 (for mailed registrations)

May 24, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)

May 24, 2017 July 12 score delivery
  • Literature
  • U.S. History
  • Mathematics Level 1
  • Mathematics Level 2
  • Biology E/M
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Modern Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Latin
Aug 26, 2017 Jul 28, 2017 Aug 08, 2017 (for mailed registrations)

Aug 15, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)

Aug 21, 2017 To be determined
  • Literature
  • U.S. History
  • Mathematics Level 1
  • Mathematics Level 2
  • Biology E/M
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • French
  • Spanish
Oct 7, 2017 To be determined To be determined To be determined To be determined To be determined
Nov 4, 2017 To be determined To be determined To be determined To be determined To be determined
Dec 2, 2017 To be determined To be determined To be determined To be determined To be determined

 

Specific registration deadlines and confirmation of anticipated test dates for the 2017-2018 school year are expected by summer 2017.

 

Keep in mind that U.S. registration materials that are mailed must be postmarked by the U.S. deadlines. The deadlines expire at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, U.S.

 

You should also know that additional registration fees apply if you register late, change your test center, change your test date, or switch from taking the SAT to taking a Subject Test after registering. If you miss the late registration deadline, you may be able to get on the waitlist.

 

Sunday administrations usually occur the day after each Saturday test date for students who cannot test on Saturday due to religious observance.

 

If you still have questions about the SAT, or you are interested in our full-service, customized SAT tutoring, head over to CollegeVine’s SAT Tutoring Program, where the brightest and most qualified tutors in the industry guide students to an average score increase of 140 points.

 

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Kate Sundquist

Kate Sundquist

Senior Blogger at CollegeVine
Kate Koch-Sundquist is a graduate of Pomona College where she studied sociology, psychology, and writing before going on to receive an M.Ed. from Lesley University. After a few forays into living abroad and afloat (sometimes at the same time), she now makes her home north of Boston where she works as a content writer and, with her husband, raises two young sons who both inspire her and challenge her on a daily basis.
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