SAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines: 2019 & 2020

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The table below contains all of the important SAT test dates and deadlines through 2020. For each administration of the test, the test date, registration deadline, late registration deadline, score release, and subject test offering are given.

We follow these dates religiously when we map out our SAT course schedules on a year-to-year basis, and there’s a lot of value in planning ahead, regardless of whether or not you decide test prep is right for you or your student.

THE SAT TEST DATES & REGISTRATION DEADLINES: 2019-2020

Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Score Released SAT Subject Tests Offered
March 9, 2019 February 8, 2019 February 27, 2019 March 22, 2019 No
May 4, 2019 April 5, 2019 April 24, 2019 May 17, 2019 Yes
June 1, 2019
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May 3, 2019 May 22, 2019 July 10, 2019 Yes
August 24, 2019*
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July 26, 2019** August 14, 2019** September 6, 2019** Yes**
October 5, 2019*
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September 6, 2019** September, 25 2019** October 18, 2019** Yes**
November 2, 2019*
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October 4, 2019** October 23, 2019** November 15, 2019** Yes**
December 7, 2019*
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November 8, 2019** November 27, 2019** December 20, 2019 Yes**
March 14, 2020* February 14, 2020** March 4, 2020** March 27, 2020** No**
May 2, 2020* April 3, 2020** April 22, 2020** May 15, 2020** Yes**
June 6, 2020* May 8, 2020** May 27 2020** June 19, 2020** Yes**

*The college board lists these test dates as “anticipated”
**These dates are estimates but likely accurate because they are based on past patterns, which the College Board typically follows.

 

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Your Ultimate Registration Prep Checklist

When preparing and planning to take the SAT on one of these dates, be mindful of the tips on this checklist and you should be just fine.

Choose the best time to take your SAT. Many students and parents ask us when the best time to take the SAT is. Conventional wisdom says that students should take the SAT in the spring semester of their junior year or in the summer between junior and senior years.

The idea is that after having completed their junior year math classes, students will have mastered all of the material they need for the test, so they are ready to take it; if they don’t score as well as they’d like to, the thinking goes, they can still retake the test in the fall of their senior year and have their scores back in time for college application deadlines.

This plan is not necessarily a good one. This generic approach to planning your SAT date does not take into account the individual circumstances of each student. As our founder, Shaan Patel has pointed out in his post about the best time to take the SAT, students have lots of other things going on during high school that can prevent them from preparing properly for a test. Things like athletics, extracurricular organizations, service work, and social life can overwhelm a high school student; this seems to happen often to juniors especially.

Since your score on the SAT can change your life, you need to make sure to pick an SAT date that will allow you the free time to prepare properly. If extracurricular activities during your junior year leave you with no free time to prepare, it is better to recognize this fact and accept it and pick a different testing date, than to force yourself to take the test when in fact you have not prepared well enough to do yourself justice.

The SAT represents a potentially life-changing opportunity for high school students – score well enough on it, and a world of new possibilities will open up for you. From scholarships to admission to the most competitive colleges in the world, so much depends upon standardized test scores for high school students. Do yourself a favor and give the SAT the time and attention it deserves; without proper, thorough preparation, you will not score as well as you could.

The best SAT date for you is the one that falls in the sweet spot between having time to prepare and having completed the coursework you need to do well on the test. SAT preparation resources like Prep Expert’s Live Online and In-Person SAT Courses can help you achieve the best score possible on the SAT; every student should put significant effort into test-specific prep work (outside of their high school studies) before the test.

However, students also need to have a foundation of knowledge in the material that the test covers in order to do well on the SAT. For instance, an eighth-grade student who took a prep course would benefit from the course but would still be unlikely to reach his or her personal maximum score on the SAT, because he or she would not have completed the math courses that high school students take.

Therefore, it is vitally important that you choose a test date that occurs after you will have completed the courses – especially the math courses – you need in order to succeed on the SAT. For most students, these courses are completed in their junior year; therefore, most students should take the SAT no earlier than spring of their junior year. To do otherwise is to take the test without first learning the material.

The sweet spot gives you time to prepare. Make no mistake, no student will do as well as they can on the SAT unless they put in significant, specific SAT prep work before the test. Therefore, make sure you choose a test date that occurs after a period of two to three months in which you will have time to study for the SAT almost every day.

I understand that this is no small task; most high school students in 2017 are overwhelmed with time commitments. It can, however, be done, and the students who find time to study for the test are the ones who get into the best schools and get the most scholarship money.

Create a sweet spot if you have to do so. If you find that, when you look ahead, there doesn’t seem to be any time at all during which you could prepare for the SAT almost every day, the solution is simple: make time. It is unwise to take the test without proper preparation; as mentioned, students who do not spend time preparing do not do as well on the test as they should, period. Students who do prepare, and who do well on the test, as a result, are literally positioning themselves very well for success later in life. This is no exaggeration; it is literally true.

Compared to students who neglect their preparation for the test, students who prepare properly will, as a group, do better on the SAT, be admitted to more competitive and prestigious colleges and universities, be awarded more money in scholarships, receive more interest and better job offers from more and better companies…the list goes on. The truth is simple, if not easy: you are cheating yourself if you don’t make time to prepare fully for the SAT.

Spend your prep time wisely. Okay, so you believe me, you understand the SAT is vitally important, and you’ve committed to carving out a couple of months of studying almost every day. Now, make the most of that time. The SAT is a predictable, boring, repetitive test; you can and should master it fully before you step foot into the testing center. Prep Expert’s SAT Courses can get you there, and with our industry-leading 200 point Score Improvement Guarantee, there is no question that we can deliver.

We understand that our students’ time is valuable and that they do not want to have it wasted, and our courses are carefully designed to give students the most help in the most time-efficient way possible. Our courses are demanding for students – and our results speak for themselves. Students who are willing to put in the work reap the rewards – on their SAT, in college admissions, in scholarship awards.

Learn from the best. Our instructors are 99th percentile SAT scorers. This means that they know the material covered on the SAT as well as anyone, and they are experienced and talented at communicating this material to students. Don’t entrust your SAT prep – and your money, and your future – to an instructor who is anything less than an actual expert in the material he or she is teaching; there is too much on the line.

Retest if you need to do so. If you take the SAT and don’t do as well as you’d like (or if you have already taken it and aren’t satisfied with the score you got), take it again! A bad score does not have to be the end of your highest aspirations for college; colleges routinely admit students whose score improved substantially from an initially low number to a higher one, and they understand the prep process well enough to know that a student may not do himself or herself justice the first time around.

But do something different! If you want different results, change your actions! Yes, of course, it is okay to retake the test if you genuinely believe you can do better than you’ve done in the past – but if your methods of preparation don’t change, it would be foolish to expect any score improvement.

If you are going to go to the trouble to register for and take the test all over again, don’t shortchange yourself by failing to prepare properly a second time. Plan well, work hard, and trust the experts in test prep to equip you with the information you need to do yourself justice on the SAT.

Thanks for joining us today for this post. Check back in soon for more discussion of all things SAT and ACT on our website, Prep Expert. Until then, study hard!

2019-2020 SAT Subject Test Dates
Test Date Subject Tests Offered
May 4, 2019 Literature
U.S. History
Mathematics Level 1
Mathematics Level 2
Biology E/M
Chemistry
Physics
French
Spanish
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June 1, 2019 Literature
U.S. History
World History
Mathematics Level 1
Mathematics Level 2
Biology E/M
Chemistry
Physics
French
German
Spanish
Modern Hebrew
Italian
Latin
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August 24, 2019* Literature
U.S. History
World History
Mathematics Level 1
Mathematics Level 2
Biology E/M
Chemistry
Physics
French
Spanish
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October 5, 2019* Literature
U.S. History
Mathematics Level 1
Mathematics Level 2
Biology E/M
Chemistry
Physics
French
Spanish
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November 2, 2019* Literature
U.S. History
Mathematics Level 1
Mathematics Level 2
Biology E/M
Chemistry
Physics
French with Listening
German with Listening
Spanish with Listening
Chinese with Listening
Japanese with Listening
Korean with Listening
return to table
December 7, 2019* Literature
U.S. History
World History
Mathematics Level 1
Mathematics Level 2
Biology E/M
Chemistry
Physics
French
Spanish
Latin
return to table
May 2, 2020* Literature
U.S. History
Mathematics Level 1
Mathematics Level 2
Biology E/M
Chemistry
Physics
French
Spanish
return to table
June 6, 2020* Literature
U.S. History
World History
Mathematics Level 1
Mathematics Level 2
Biology E/M
Chemistry
Physics
French
German
Spanish
Modern Hebrew
Italian
Latin
return to table

*For these dates, the subject tests offered have been estimated based off previous schedules.

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