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RARachit Agrawal
Updated OnSep 17, 2020

SAT Exam Dates

Started by the College Board in 1926, SAT is a widely accepted nationwide test that analyses mathematical knowledge and writing and reading skills of the students. The program was started 94 years ago to simplify the admission to undergraduate programs of universities colleges. In its 94 years of journey, the test went through several name changes from Scholastics Aptitude test to only SAT which did not stand for anything.

The SAT is a paper-based test that is conducted all over the globe for students who want to pursue their graduation degree from the US. Although it is taken world-wide, it is assumed that the candidates appearing for the test have fluent knowledge of the English language. Thus, the language of this test is only English. There are no specific criteria that are needed to be fulfilled to apply for the SAT except that the student must have completed their High School.

The College Board National Office organizes the SAT exams at least 7 times in a year. These include the SAT exam as well as the SAT subject examinations. For the academic calendar 2020-2021, the SAT exams are set to begin from August 21, 2020. For international students who want to join the undergraduate program of the US-based university, the SAT will begin from August 29, 2020. SAT exam dates vary from first execution to another in a year.

  • The test is conducted for native Americans and students all over the globe.
  • There is no maximum limit to which one can take the SAT exam
  • The test score is accepted by all US colleges and universities.
  • The test score is also accepted by the colleges and universities in the UK and Australia
  • Apart from SAT, another popular exam for admission into the undergraduate course in the US is ACT.

SAT Exam Dates

SAT Exam Dates 2020

SAT exam 2020 will begin from August 2020, with the first exam being available with the SAT subject exam for the session 2020-2021. The College Board National Office conducts the SAT examination in August, September, October, November, December, March, May, and June. Registration for the SAT exam for August is closed because the deadline ended in July. Some important SAT exam dates 2020 and 2021 are given below.

SAT Date

Subject Test Availability

August 29, 2020

Subject tests are available

September 26, 2020

Subject tests are not available

October 3, 2020

Subject tests are available

November 7, 2020

Subject tests are available

December 5, 2020

Subject tests are available

March 13, 2021

Subject tests are not available

May 8, 2021

Subject tests are available

June 5, 2021

Subject tests are available

SAT Full Form

The full form of the SAT is the Scholastic Assessment Test. The name has gone through various changes throughout history.

  • At the very beginning, it was known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
  • The full form was later changed to Scholastic Assessment Test citing the reason that all the different categories tested cannot be put under aptitude alone.
  • It was also once categorized as SAT I and SAT II, SAT I: reasoning test and SAT II: Subject Test.
  • Finally, it has been decided that the SAT has no full form and is just referred to as SAT now.

SAT Registration

SATs are held at different times of the year. The SAT registration for the desired date of the exam must be done in advance.

  • Candidates must make a College Board Profile on the official SAT website and fill the application form.
  • The application process is completely online.
  • Next, they should log in and select the test date and center suitable for them.
  • The application fee must be paid.
  • The registration deadline is generally 30 days before the date of the exam.
  • After registration, the students can download their admission ticket.
  • A fee of 30 USD is added in case of late registrations.

SAT Exam Dates

SAT exam dates are different for each year but in the same month.

  • 7 SATs are held for students in the US. They are held in August, October, November, December, March, May and June.
  • For candidates outside the US, 4 SATs are held in the months of October, December, March and May.
  • To postpone a selected date, an extra fee of about 30 USD has to be paid.
  • SAT exams are mostly held on the first Saturday of the particular month.

SAT exam Dates 2020 India

Thousands of Indian students go abroad for higher studies after completing their 10+2. It is the fact that the USA is their first choice considering the country’s high-quality and top-notch education system which is more inclined towards learning rather than cramming things into the brain. Indian students have to give the SAT exam for an undergraduate course in the USA. Indian students have to present either their passport or aadhaar card as identity proof. Sunday testing is not available for Indian students. SAT exam dates for India for the year 2020-2021 is given below.

Test Date

SAT Availability

SAT Subject Test Availability

August 29, 2020

Yes

Subject tests are available

September 26, 2020

Yes

Subject tests are not available

October 3, 2020

Yes

Subject tests are available

November 7, 2020

No

Subject tests are available

December 5, 2020

Yes

Subject tests are available

March 13, 2021

Yes

Subject tests are not available

May 8, 2021

Yes

Subject tests are available

June 5, 2021

No

Subject tests are available

SAT Exam Dates and Deadlines for 2020

The College Board National Office announces the deadline for registration along with the test dates. Registration for each month's test is announced with the SAT exam date. The deadlines expire at the 11:59 PM ET, US time. International students have to submit the additional information and documents as requested by the board at the time of registration. The board also releases the registration deadline, late registration deadline, and deadline for changes for the convenience of the students. The upcoming deadlines are given in the table below.

Test Dates

Registration Deadlines

Late Registration Deadlines

Deadline For Changes

August 29, 2020

July 31, 2020

August 11, 2020 (for mailed registration)

August 18, 2020 (for registration made online or by phone)

August 18, 2020

September 26, 2020

August 26, 2020

September 15, 2020 (for registration made online or by phone)

September 15, 2020

October 3, 2020

September 4, 2020

September 15, 2020 (for mailed registration) 

September 22, 2020 (for registration made online or by phone)

September 22, 2020

November 7, 2020

October 7, 2020

October 20, 2020 (for mailed registration)

October 27, 2020 (for registration made online or by phone)

October 27, 2020

December 5, 2020

November 5, 2020

November 17, 2020 (for mailed registration)

November 24, 2020 (for registration made online or by phone)

November 24, 2020

March 13, 2021

February 12, 2021

February 23, 2021 (for mailed registration)

March 2, 2021 (for registration made online or by phone)

March 2, 2021

May 8, 2021

April 8, 2021

April 20, 2021 (for mailed registration)

April 27, 2021 (for registration made online or by phone)

April 27, 2021

June 5, 2021

May 6, 2021

May 18, 2021 (for mailed registration)

May 26, 2021 (for registration made online or by phone)

May 26, 2021

Deadlines for International students are given in the following table.

Test Dates

Early Registration via Representation

Registration Deadlines

Deadline for Changes

August 29, 2020

July 15, 2020

July 31, 2020

August 18, 2020

September 26, 2020

n/a

August 26, 2020

September 15, 2020

October 3, 2020

August 19, 2020

September 4, 2020

September 22, 2020

November 7, 2020

n/a

n/a

n/a

December 5, 2020

October 21, 2020

November 5, 2020

November 24, 2020

March 13, 2021

January 27, 2021

February 12, 2021

March 2, 2021

May 8, 2021

March 24, 2021

April 8, 2021

April 27, 2021

June 5, 2021

n/a

n/a

n/a

SAT Exam Online Score Release 2020

The SAT score is tough for candidates to understand. The highest marks one can score in SAT is 1600 which is the perfect score but, the lowest qualifying score is only 400. However, the average score candidates score on SAT is 1000. Generally, 1200 or above is considered a good score to get admission into a reputed and leading college or university in the desired course. For international students who are used to percentile scoring, for instance, Indian students, this type of scoring might sound confusing. SAT exam dates for the online score release is given below.

Test Date

Online Score Release Date

August 29, 2020

Multiple-choice score release date: September 21, 2020

SAT Essay score release date: September 24, 2020

September 26, 2020

Multiple-choice score release date: October 9, 2020

SAT Essay score release date: October 12, 2020

October 3, 2020

Multiple-choice score release date: October 16, 2020

SAT Essay score release date: October 19, 2020

November 7, 2020

Multiple-choice score release date: November 20, 2020

SAT Essay score release date: November 23, 2020

December 5, 2020

Multiple-choice score release date: December 18, 2020

SAT Essay score release date: December 21, 2020

March 13, 2021

Multiple-choice score release date: March 26, 2021

SAT Essay score release date: March 29, 2021

May 8, 2021

Multiple-choice score release date: May 21, 2021

SAT Essay score release date: May 24, 2021

June 5, 2021

Multiple-choice score release date: July 14, 2021

SAT Essay score release date: July 14, 2021

When to take the SAT Exam?

SAT exam is one of the most popular exams in the US along with the ACT that is mandatory for students to take and qualify to get admission into their desired college and university. The College Board organizes the exam multiple times in a year so that students can take it again if they don’t qualify or don’t get the desired score. The duration of this exam is 3 hours and with essay exam (optional) 50 minutes extra time is allotted to candidates. 

Candidates can take the exam as many times as possible as there’s no limit to which candidates can appear for the exam. However, it is advised that candidates must appear for the exam when they are fully prepared and mentally ready to appear in the exam. The candidate must be well versed in mathematical knowledge and writing and reading skills before appearing in the exam. The exam is organized in August, September, October, November, December, March, May, and June. Hence candidates can appear on any of the exams when they are ready.

As per the eligibility, candidates who have completed their 10+2 in India can appear for the SAT exam. In the USA, candidates who have completed their high school are eligible to appear for the exam. Though there is no restriction on the age to appear for the exam, students belonging to the age group of 17 to 19 appear most for the exam

FAQs

1. What is the SAT?

The SAT is an examination administered by The College Board and considered to be the single most important test you take in high school. SAT is primarily used for the purpose of gaining admission to the undergraduate college.

2. I am below 13 years of age. Can I appear for the SAT?

Yes, you can appear for the SAT. You can register only by mail and must not attach any photographs.

3. When should I register for the SAT?

Register for the test when you think you are ready and have completed all assignments related to your course. Do not wait for more than 60 days after your course. The exam is conducted 7 times a year, so prepare thoroughly and appear for the test.

4. How do I register for the SAT?

You can register for the SAT in 3 ways:

  1. Online: Register online here.
  2. On phone: (888) 728-4357. Students who are retaking the test should only register by phone.
  3. By mail: There are certain conditions for registering by mail check them here.

5. What is the cost to take the SAT exam?

The SAT generally costs around $46.00 or $60 (along with essay). A late fee of $29 is applicable if registered after the registration deadline.

6. How long does it take to get the scores?

The scores are generally mailed out within 4-6 weeks after you take the SAT test. You can keep an eye on them here.

7. What is Score Choice?

If you have taken the SAT multiple times, the Score choice allows you to choose which SAT and SAT Subject Test scores you would like to send to undergraduate colleges, with no additional cost. Click here to view the score-choice practices of different schools. 

8. How many times can I take the SAT?

You can take the SAT exam as many times as you want. Colleges will only see the scores if you want to send them. Hence you can send them your highest scores out of all scores of received.

9. What is the ‘new SAT?’

The SAT was redesigned in March 2016 in the USA. Some of the key features are :

  • Score range: 400-1600.
  • No negative marking for incorrect answers
  • Two sections: Mathematics and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing
  • Essay is optional
  • Decreased focus on grammar and vocabulary.

10. Who can take the SAT/ACT? (Eligibility)

People of all ages and grades are eligible to take the SAT. This includes students in grades 6, 7, 8, and 9 and high school graduates. There are no minimum age criteria.

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Rachit Agrawal
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Rachit believes in the power of education and has studied from the top institutes of IIIT Allahabad, IIM Calcutta, and Francois Rabelias in France. He has worked as Software Developer with Microsoft and Adobe. Post his MBA, he worked with the world's # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group across multiple geographies US, South-East Asia and Europe.