SAT Dates
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SAT Dates

RARachit Agrawal
Updated OnJul 12, 2020

SAT Dates 2020

SAT is an exam conducted for entrance into various colleges including most Ivy League colleges. The SAT dates for each academic year are dispersed all throughout the year. There are many SATs that students can appear for at different times of the year. Students seeking admission to undergraduate courses take SATs. There is no fixed limit as to how many times a particular student takes the exam. The results can be out anywhere between 2 to 8 weeks.


SAT scores are accepted by various colleges and are a standardized test that can be taken by students all over the world.

  • The SAT has three sections – Writing and language, reading, and mathematics. Mathematics is further divided into two sections – one with a calculator and other without it.
  • It is a three-hour exam without the optional essay. If an optional essay is taken, the exam is three hours and fifty minutes.
  • It started in the year 1926.
  • It can be taken by students in high school.
  • For international admissions, it can only be taken by students who have successfully completed their schooling.
  • The maximum score that can be obtained is 1600.
  • The fee for one SAT in India is generally between 90 USD to 120 USD.

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 categorised 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 centre 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 2019

For admissions in the academic year 2020- 21, the SAT exam dates 2019 are given below. Only candidates in the USA could take tests on all of these dates. All students outside of the USA could only take the test on 2 of the following dates.

  • 5th October 2019
  • 2nd November 2019
  • 7th December 2019

SAT Exam Dates for Indian Students

For all students international to the US, the dates are the same. They can take the SATs held in October, December, March and May. For admission in 2020-21, the dates that Indian students can take SATs on are mentioned below. These are the days on which SAT subject tests cannot be taken by Indian/ International students.

  • 5th October 2019
  • 7th December 2019
  • 14th March
  • 2nd May

SAT Dates Registration

The SAT registration dates generally close about a month before the exam date. Registration dates for exam dates in 2020 for admission in 2020 are given below.

  • 14th February 2020 for the exam in March
  • 3rd April 2020 for the exam in May
  • 8th May 2020 for the exam in June

SAT Dates International

SAT dates internationally are mostly the same as SAT dates in India with the only exception being the US. US students have 2-3 more dates to select from. Most dates are common for students all over the world.

SAT Dates 2020

For admission to colleges in the academic year 2020, the SAT 2020 dates are,

  1. 14th March 2020
  2. 2nd May 2020
  3. 6th June 2020

There are no official dates for 2020 exams held for admission in the academic year 2021-22.

However, as the dates fall on the first Saturday of fixed months, the dates can be estimated. So for admission in 2021-22, the dates falling in the year 2020 maybe,

  • 29th August 2020
  • 3rd October 2020
  • 7th November 2020
  • 5th December 2020


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 photograph.

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 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 grade 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
Study Abroad Expert & Co-Founder @ AdmitKard
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.