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SAT Test Dates For 2020-21

If you’re a high school junior or senior who intends to take the SAT this academic year, know that planning ahead is crucial. 

The good news is, every year, the College Board releases all the important SAT dates months before testing takes place. Staying on top of these dates can help you avoid missing deadlines and give you ample time to effectively prepare for the SAT. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College Board’s SAT schedule looks a bit different than in years past. 

To make up for the canceled June 6th test date, the College Board is offering a test on September 26. And if there is demand for it, the College Board will also offer a test in January 2021. 

Here is the full list of 2020-21 SAT test dates. 

SAT DateRegistration DeadlineLate Registration DeadlineDeadline for Changes
August 29, 2020July 31, 2020August 11, 2020
(for mailed registrations)
August 18, 2020
(for online or phone registrations)
August 18, 2020
September 26, 2020August 26, 2020September 15, 2020
(for online or phone registrations)
September 15, 2020
October 3, 2020September 4, 2020September 15, 2020
(for mailed registrations)
September 22, 2020
(for online or phone registrations)
September 22, 2020
November 7, 2020October 7, 2020October 20, 2020
(for mailed registrations)
October 27, 2020
(for online or phone registrations)
October 27, 2020
December 5, 2020November 5, 2020November 17, 2020
(for mailed registrations)
November 24, 2020
(for online or phone)
November 24, 2020
March 13, 2021February 12, 2021February 23, 2021
(for mailed registrations)
March 2, 2021
(for online or phone registrations)
March 2, 2021
May 8, 2021April 8, 2021April 20, 2021
(for mailed registrations)
April 27, 2021
(for online or phone registrations)
April 27, 2021
June 5, 2021May 6, 2021May 18, 2021
(for mailed registrations)
May 26, 2021
(for online or phone registrations)
May 26, 2021

You can register for the SAT here

If, in addition to the traditional SAT, you intend to take SAT subject tests, you can find a full schedule of when each specific subject test is offered here

It’s worth noting that because of public health restrictions, such as social distancing, there is limited seating capacity for students in certain areas. August and September test dates were quick to fill up in certain states, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Washington state, and New Jersey. 

The College Board can’t directly control capacity and test center availability but, in a statement, the organization said it is “working with local high schools, colleges, and other sites to increase seating capacity in areas where August and September registration are filling up.”

For now, the College Board recommends that any student that can’t find a test center when they first try to register “try again by logging back in to My SAT, selecting the registration you started, and then follow the required steps. On the Select Your Test Center page, you’ll see any new seats added in your area.” The College Board provides updates when more testing centers or seats are added. 

And if you still can’t find any available seats, you can always try another testing day. 

Students from low-income families may be eligible for an SAT fee waiver. If you think you may be eligible, you can get more details here

SAT School Day testing dates

Additionally, each year, many schools throughout the United States offer SAT School Day testing, which gives students the opportunity to take the SAT at school on a weekday rather than on a Saturday. 

SAT School Day Test Dates
September 23, 2020
October 14, 2020
October 28, 2020
(makeup only)
March 3, 2021
March 24, 2021
April 13, 2021
April 27, 2021

You don’t register for SAT School Day through the College Board. Each school decides whether to offer it and if there are any fees attached. 

And “low-income students participating in SAT School Day are eligible for the same benefits as students who use fee waivers for weekend administrations,” according to the College Board

Of course, School Day Testing this year may be impacted by COVID-19, as many schools are still not certain when they will reopen. As for now, though, these testing dates remain. 

How to study for the SAT online for free

Right now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, money is tight. Chances are, you and your parents aren’t jumping to spend money on an expensive SAT tutor. The good thing is, you don’t have to. 

There are all sorts of free online resources available that you can use to effectively prepare for the SAT. A full list of those resources, along with details on how to effectively use them, is available here

How is the SAT scored? 

You don’t take the SAT for fun. Of course, the only reason anyone takes it is to boost their chances of getting into their choice colleges. So naturally, you’ll want to know every detail about how it is scored. 

Check here to find everything you need to know about how SATs are scored.