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Upcoming SAT® Exam Dates and Registration Deadlines

Test Date: October 1, 2016
Exam Type: NEW SAT
Registration Deadline: September 1, 2016
Late Registration Deadline: September 20, 2016
Test Date: November 5, 2016
Exam Type: NEW SAT
Registration Deadline: October 7, 2016
Late Registration Deadline: October 25, 2016
Test Date: December 3, 2016
Exam Type: NEW SAT
Registration Deadline: November 3, 2016
Late Registration Deadline: November 22, 2016
Test Date: January 21, 2017
Exam Type: NEW SAT
Registration Deadline: December 21, 2016
Late Registration Deadline: January 10, 2017
Test Date: March 11, 2017
Exam Type: NEW SAT
Registration Deadline: February 10, 2017
Late Registration Deadline: February 28, 2017
Test Date: May 6, 2017
Exam Type: NEW SAT
Registration Deadline: April 7, 2017
Late Registration Deadline: April 25, 2017
Test Date: June 3, 2017
Exam Type: NEW SAT
Registration Deadline: May 9, 2017
Late Registration Deadline: May 24, 2017

The SAT is a nationally administered, standardized paper-and-pencil test that helps colleges evaluate candidates. Generally, you'll take the SAT for the first time in the spring of your junior year. This allows you to reserve the summer months for college applications, or gives you enough time to retake the test during the fall of your senior year if you're not satisfied with your score.

SAT registration information and fees

SAT registration is $45, without the essay. If you would like to take the essay, the SAT registration fee is $54.50. Some colleges may require you take the essay, so do your research before you decide to skip it.

Additional SAT registration fees

Registration Type Registration Fees
Late registration + $28
Phone registration + $15
Waitlist registration + $46
Test change + $28
Score report + $11.25

In order to register for the SAT, you must sign up for a College Board account. You must also have a photo ID, as well as a photo of yourself that can be uploaded to the registration site. You will also need access to a printer to print out your SAT admission ticket. You will not be allowed into the testing center without a valid ID and a printout of your ticket.

SAT fee waivers

Are you eligible to take the SAT for free? Certain 11th- and 12th-grade students who meet income-based eligibility criteria may be able to apply for a fee waiver. See the test maker’s website for more information.

To learn more about upcoming SAT exam dates and registration deadlines, visit the College Board or speak with your high school counselor.