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Odds are that if you’re a high school student planning to apply to college, you will need to schedule some standardized tests. You usually begin taking these during your junior year and are able to wrap them up before application deadlines during the first semester of your senior year. If you’re in the process of planning your standardized test approach, you should know that the calendars are available far in advance, with tentative dates set up to 3 years ahead of time.


For 2017, the standardized test season is well underway and official SAT dates have been released for the first half of 2018, too. In addition, College Board has released anticipated dates into 2021. If you’re a high school student planning your SATs, don’t miss our comprehensive schedule of test dates, deadlines, and score release dates!


Confirmed SAT Test Dates 2017-2018


SAT Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline (by mail) Late Registration Deadline (online or by phone) Score Release Date
Dec. 2, 2017 Nov. 2, 2017 Nov. 14, 2017 Nov. 21, 2017 Dec. 15-21: Your multiple-choice scores become available online during this window.

By Dec. 26: Your SAT Essay scores become available.

March 10, 2018

(No Subject Tests Available)

Feb. 9, 2018 Feb. 20, 2018 Feb 28, 2018 March 23–29: Your multiple-choice scores become available online during this window.

By April 3: Your SAT Essay scores become available.

May 5, 2018 Apr 6, 2018 Apr 17, 2018 Apr 25, 2018 May 18–24: Your multiple-choice scores become available online during this window.

By May 29: Your SAT Essay scores become available.

June 2, 2018 May 3, 2018 May 15, 2018 May 23, 2018 July 11: Your multiple-choice and SAT Essay scores become available online.

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Anticipated SAT Test Dates for 2018-2019:


August 25, 2018
October 6, 2018
November 3, 2018
December 1, 2018
March 9, 2019
May 4, 2019
June 1, 2019
August 24, 2019
October 5, 2019
November 2, 2019
December 7, 2019


These test dates and deadlines are applicable to any students testing in the United States or in U.S. territories. Keep in mind that registration materials that are submitted by mail must be postmarked by the mailing deadline and that all phone and online deadlines expire at 11:59 PM EST. If you register late or need to make changes to your registration, you will have to pay additional fees.


If you miss a late registration deadline, it may be possible to get on a waitlist. To learn more about doing so, visit the SAT Waitlist.   


You should also know that SAT Subject Tests are generally available on every test date with the exception of March test administrations. To learn more about which SAT Subject Tests are offered on each date, see the College Board’s Subject Test Dates.


If you’re just starting to plan and prepare for your SATs, you might feel a little overwhelmed by all the options out there. There are plenty of CollegeVine resources to help. 


To learn more about what the SAT is, how it’s organized, and what your score actually means, check out our posts that introduce the SAT and some of its nuances. Here we summarize the SAT format, describe how it’s scored, and help to interpret what these scores mean. For all your general SAT questions, check out these posts:


If you’re interested in learning more about a specific section on the SAT, you’ll find our section-specific guides a big help. With an Ultimate Guide for each section along with section-specific strategies and study tips, you won’t want to miss the insightful tips shared here:


Finally, if you’re getting ready to take the SAT and want to brush up on your general content knowledge or strategy, check out the awesome tips in our SAT prep guides. There are many commercial SAT study guides, but few are based on the same insider knowledge we have at CollegeVine. For a glimpse into our favorite SAT prep tips, check out these posts:

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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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