SAT Test Dates 2022-2023: A Complete Guide

Aug 19, 2021 | Turito Team USA

SAT test dates

Appearing for the SAT? Confused about test dates, test centers, the registration process, and the right date for you? The endless articles over the web are perplexing you?

Do not worry. We are here with a quick, concise, and to-the-point guide about everything you need to know about SAT Test Dates and choosing the right date for you.

In this article, we will also provide you with the complete information about aspects you need to consider before opting for your SAT test date, tips that will help you choose the date that fits in your schedule, and generalized observations to ease your selection for the test date process.

SAT is offered seven times a year and is generally offered on Saturdays. However, more SAT Test dates are offered in the fall. Usually, alternate Sunday dates are available for the ones who cannot take the test on Saturday due to religious practices and commitments. It is generally offered on fewer dates outside the United States and its territories.

The tables below provide you with anticipated SAT Test Dates for the academic year 2021-22 and 2022-23. The table for SAT Test dates for 2020-21 is also mentioned to help you grasp the patterns of test dates and assist you in deciding the right SAT test date for you. The registrations for SAT generally begin in early July.

Note: The provided dates for 2021-22 and 2022-23 are estimated dates and are yet to be confirmed by the college board.

SAT Test Dates 2021-22 (Anticipated)

For the U.S. Students – U.S. deadlines apply to student testing in the United States and U.S. territories.

August 28, 2021 July 29, 2021 August 17, 2021
October 2, 2021 September 2, 2021 September 21, 2021
November 6, 2021 October 7, 2021 October 26, 2021
December 4, 2021 November 4, 2021 November 23, 2021
March 12, 2022 February 12, 2022 March 1, 2022
May 7, 2022 April 8, 2022 April 26, 2022
June 4, 2022 May 6, 2022 May 27, 2022

For the International Students –  International registration deadlines apply to anyone testing outside of the United States and U.S. territories.

There are no late registrations for International test-takers.

August 28, 2021 July 29, 2021
October 2, 2021 September 2, 2021
December 4, 2021 November 4, 2021
March 12, 2022 February 11, 2022
May 7, 2022 April 8, 2022

SAT Test Dates 2022-23 (Anticipated)

For the U.S. Students

  • August 27, 2022
  • October 1, 2022
  • November 5, 2022
  • December 3, 2022
  • March 11, 2023
  • May 6, 2023
  • June 3, 2023

For the International Students

  • August 27, 2022
  • October 1, 2022
  • December 3, 2022
  • March 11, 2023
  • May 6, 2023

SAT Test Dates 2020-21

The SAT test dates for 2020-21 were:

  • August 29, 2020
  • October 3, 2020
  • November 7, 2020
  • December 5, 2020
  • March 13, 2021
  • May 8, 2021
  • June 5, 2021

Score Release Dates for 2021-22

The SAT score release dates are as important as SAT test dates for you to decide the appropriate date for giving the exam. The table below presents the data of estimated score release dates for SAT 2021-22.

August 28, 2021 September 10, 2021
October 2, 2021 October 15, 2021
November 6, 2021 November 19, 2021
December 4, 2021 December 17, 2021
March 12, 2022 March 25, 2022
May 7, 2022 May 20, 2022
June 4, 2022 June 17, 2022

Important Reminders For You:

  • All the dates provided above are subject to change and to keep yourself updated with the confirmed dates, regularly check the college board’s official website.
  • The college board passed a notice in January 2021 regarding the Subject Text exams ending for SAT. This decision was effective immediately after the announcement in the U.S. and for International test-takers, it was announced to be effective post the 5th of June test date.
  • The College Board would no longer offer SAT with essays, in effect after June 2021.
  • The late registration deadline for the U.S. students is approximate a week earlier if the registrations are being done through the mail.
  • For international students taking the SAT outside the U.S., additional requirements need to be fulfilled.
  • SAT registration deadlines expire at 11:59 PM ET, U.S.
  • Additional fees might be applicable for late registrations, changing the test center, or the test date.
  • In case you miss even the late registration deadline, you might be eligible to get on the waitlist.
  • The late registration deadlines are not applicable for international test-takers, all online and telephone registration are to be completed within the international registration deadlines mentioned above. In case you are registering through an international representative, it is imperative for you to submit the paper registration along with payment within the early registration deadline.
  • Fees for international test-takers vary.
  • Some test centers require an additional fee.
  • For the test-takers who can’t appear for the test on Saturday due to religious observations, the Sunday administrations are usually offered the day after each Saturday test.
  • The registration options become limited for students not taking the SAT exam for one of its main purposes.
  • Be acquainted with the other registration procedures, policies, and required information about the center, online registration, registration through mail, photo requirements, changing registration information, payment methods & refunds, international registration, SAT essay policy, and policies under special requirements.

The Right Date For You

Now that you know the SAT test dates for 2021, the next step is to figure out which is the right date for you to give the exam. We agree that this isn’t an easy call and you just don’t want to opt for the next available date, and we are here for you to help you through it. Here we will take you through resources that will provide you with tips and factors to consider while selecting the right SAT test date for you and help you figure out an easier way to come to a decision.

Studying Pattern From 2020-21 Data

  1. Studying the patterns of SAT test dates, normal and late registration dates, and online score release dates, here are our observations that might help you come to a conclusion:
    Since most of the college application deadlines are in late fall and early winter, the SAT test dates are tightly packed around the late summers and fall. These dates generally help the senior students to have multiple chances for hitting their SAT target score before the college admission application deadlines.
  2. Hardly any college application deadline occurs in spring, therefore, SAT test dates are more stretched out in spring except for May and June. These dates might help juniors and other students who wish to take early tests.
  3. The highly clustered test dates in the fall make it difficult to take two SAT attempts consecutively because, by the time the first test score comes out for you to make a decision, the late registration deadline for the next date is already over. In this case, if you decide to take the next attempt without knowing your previous scores, you might end up wasting resources and money unnecessarily if your score is higher than you expected. And if you decide to not take the next attempt, you might miss out on an opportunity.
  4. Taking consecutive SAT attempts also leaves you with a very low scope of improvement as the amount of time required for your preparation might not be adequate.

So it becomes important for you to plan out your dates well in advance if at all there is a need to or you plan to take multiple SAT attempts.

Best Date for you Following Your Current Academic Status

The best time to take the SAT test varies from person to person depending on various factors, but this generalized overview might assist you well.

  1. If you are in your senior year, the wisest decision for you would be to take the test in August, October, or November, keeping in mind the college application deadlines and the timeline of score release. Considering the earliest college application deadlines to be early January, these are the best dates for you. If your college deadlines are earlier than this, take August and October attempts into consideration and if the deadline is later you can also opt for the December attempt.
  2. If you are in your Junior year, the best possible dates for you to take your first attempt would be in October, November, and December. These dates provide you with flexible schedules for preparation and also give you enough time to decide if you want to appear for another attempt. Taking the tests in March, May or June is also feasible as it will give you enough time to evaluate your scores, prepare a list of colleges and figure out if you want to make another attempt in August.
  3. If you are opting for the early applicant, the best dates for you would be June and August test dates since the early application deadlines generally are November start or mid. In this case, the October test date would be riskier if the deadline is early November because the scores might not reach your school in time. These dates provide you additional benefits of focusing on college applications instead of SAT prep.

Essential Factors to Consider for Deciding the Right Date

Even after this information, it might be difficult to take a call on your SAT test date. It is extremely crucial to decide the SAT date that is right for you. You can consider the below-mentioned factors to come to a conclusion.

  1. Your college application deadlines are the most important factor to be considered. Since the online test scores take time to be released and sent to your four selected scores, you need to decide on a date that is at least 7 to 8 weeks before your college application deadline. This will also give you enough time for your additional reports if you need to apply and send in your scores in more than four colleges.
  2. You also need to consider the number of attempts you will take for the SAT. To avoid back-to-back attempts you need to space out and decide the multiple dates that give you enough time for preparation and don’t give you added stress with college applications.
  3. If you are applying for SAT scholarships, know the deadlines for the scores reaching your school and opt for the test date accordingly.
  4. Before registering for the SAT, you need to schedule a spaced-out study plan that gives you enough time for preparation. Once you know the amount of time you need to dedicate to SAT prep, it will be simpler for you to select a test date.
  5. Be aware of your commitments, conflicts that might come your way, and your shortcomings. If a date feels overwhelming to you, the right thing to do is go for another one now rather than repent later.

There You are on the Day

Now that you are here and well informed about the SAT test dates and deciding the right date for you. We understand that it has been stressful and you can miss out on certain things and we don’t want your efforts to go in vain, so here are our final quick reminders for you for the test day.

  • Do not forget your admission ticket. Print it out well in advance by logging into your account and selecting the ‘Print Admission Ticket’ option. Easy, isn’t it?
  • Your center location would be mentioned on your admission ticket, know the exact physical location and the estimated time it will take for you to reach there. We don’t want you to rush and get tense, so leave for the location and reach the test center well in time.
  • Lastly, know all the rules, the required, prohibited, and optional things for the exam and the exam center and avoid getting into end-minute troubles.


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