2020 SAT Test Dates

SAT Test DateRegistration DeadlineLate Registration Deadline
August 29, 2020July 31, 2020August 18, 2020
September 26, 2020August 26, 2020September 15, 2020
October 3, 2020September 4, 2020September 22, 2020
November 7, 2020October 7, 2020October 27, 2020
December 5, 2020November 5, 2020November 24, 2020
March 13, 2021February 12, 2021March 2, 2021
May 8, 2021April 8, 2021April 27, 2021
June 5, 2021May 6, 2021May 26, 2021

The SAT is one of the most widely recognized standardized college entrance exams in the United States and internationally. The SAT exam is a paper and pencil test administered in a variety of designated testing facilities across the nation. Because of the broad use of the SAT, there are many different dates to consider when planning to take the SAT exam. Choosing the most appropriate test date will ensure you have enough time to prepare for success on exam day. The SAT score you need for college admissions depends on the requirements of the colleges to which you are applying. So, choosing the best test date in order to give yourself enough time to prepare is an important step in your college admissions process.

What are the SAT test dates for 2020?

There are several SAT test dates for 2020-2021. Registering by the designated deadline is your best option; however, there are also late registration and waitlist options. Waitlisted students who missed the late registration deadline are not guaranteed a seat on test day; waitlisted seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. All registration materials in the U.S. must be postmarked by the registration deadlines for those particular test dates. Try to plan ahead as best as you can.

If you are planning to take the SAT during one of the aforementioned 2020-2021 test dates, make sure to check the SAT website to ensure you know the proper registration deadlines as they are posted.

How do I choose the right SAT test date?

Typically, the first time you take the SAT will be during the spring of your junior year of high school. You will receive your test score within four weeks of your test date, which should give you enough time to retake the SAT if need be. Regular decision college applications deadlines are usually between January 1st and January 15th. If you are taking the SAT as a junior, you have time to take the test in March, May, June, August, or October. If you are a senior in high school, you will need to choose a fall SAT test date if you are aiming for a regular decision application deadline.

Some students apply for college by early decision or early action deadlines. Usually, these deadlines fall between November 1st and December 15th. To meet these deadlines, you will want to choose a March, May, June, or August test date. October scores may or may not be accepted; double-check with the colleges to which you are applying to be safe. As a helpful note, the University of California System has an application period between November 1st and November 30th. If you are applying to a UC, make sure to take your SAT exam in March, May, June, or August; again, October scores may be accepted, but you will need to double-check with the colleges to which you are applying.

Some colleges and universities have late decision or rolling admissions. This means you may be able to take the SAT during a different time frame, but it’s best to check with your intended colleges before registering to take the SAT. You will want to give yourself enough time to register for the SAT, prepare for the SAT, and receive your test score before your college applications deadlines.

Test Preparation

Now that you have a list of 2020 SAT test dates, as well as possible test dates for 2020-2021, you should have a better idea of when to register for the exam. What comes next is preparation. The best way to ensure you get the score you need on the SAT is to thoroughly prepare using the most comprehensive test preparation resources available. Mometrix Test Preparation has the study materials you need in the complete SAT Secrets study guide. The SAT Secrets study guide contains actual SAT content, along with expert tips to help you recall information, reduce test-day anxiety, and get the SAT score you need on your first attempt.

In addition to the SAT Secrets study guide, Mometrix Test Preparation also offers a complete set of SAT Exam Flashcards and an SAT Practice Test. Get the SAT Secrets study guide, test your knowledge with the SAT Exam Flashcards and SAT Practice Test, and make sure you get the SAT score you need. Remember, the better your SAT score, the better your likelihood of getting into your first-choice college or university.

SAT Test – Home


by Mometrix Test Preparation | Last Updated: September 14, 2020

Get 25% Off Your SAT Prep Course

Sign up to get a discount code for our premium SAT online course! All of our resources in one place for one low price!