SAT Test Dates 2018-2019

Here at GradeOffice, we use the best data to inform you about what the testing schedule, registration deadlines, and score release dates will look like in the future. When choosing your test date, you should consider a number of factors — knowing exactly when the test will happen is vital for your planning.

In this article, I’ll give you the 2018-2019 SAT test dates and go over some factors to think about when picking your test date.

SAT Test Dates for the 2018-2019 School Year

The listed test dates have been released by the College Board, but they’re still subject to change. The registration and score release dates are our estimations from general patterns from previous years.


Test Date

Normal Registration

Late Registration

Score Release
Aug 25, 2018 Jul 27, 2018 Aug 10, 2018 Sept 13, 2018
Oct 6, 2018 Sep 7, 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Oct 25, 2018
Nov 3, 2018 Oct 5, 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Nov 22, 2018
Dec 1, 2018 Nov 2, 2018 Nov 16, 2018 Dec 20, 2018
Mar 9, 2019 Feb 8, 2019 Feb 22, 2019 Mar 28, 2019
May 4, 2019 Apr 5, 2019 Apr 19, 2019 May 23, 2019
Jun 1, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 17, 2019 June 20, 2019

How Accurate Is the Table Above?

The test dates are the anticipated dates provided by the College Board, and the registration and score release dates are our estimations. Even though all the dates are likely to be correct, the test dates may be somewhat more reliable because they are provided by the College Board.

However, the test dates won’t be confirmed until the summer of 2018. If any of the dates change, they’ll probably be a week earlier or later than the anticipated date. You can use these dates to help determine when you’ll take the SAT. If you know your available options, you can select the date that works best with your schedule and take into account the time you need to prepare for the test.

How to Choose Your Test Date

Here are some important factors to consider when selecting your SAT test date:

Make Sure You Know Your Deadlines!

Take your SAT early enough that your score can arrive before any deadlines. If you apply regular decision, the December test in your senior year will be the last test you can take for most colleges. If you apply early, the last test you can take maybe in October or November of your senior year.
Additionally, scholarships have deadlines. If you want to apply for any scholarships that consider your SAT score, you’ll need to have your test score before the scholarship deadlines. I recommend allowing two months to receive your scores.

How Many Times Do You Want to Take the SAT?

Most students improve when they retake the SAT, so you want to give yourself an opportunity to take the test multiple times. We recommend first taking the SAT in the fall of your junior year. Then you can retake it in the spring of your junior year and the fall of your senior year if necessary.

How Long Do You Plan to Study?

When selecting your test date, you want to make sure to give yourself enough time to prepare. Get an estimate of how long you’ll need to study and make sure you’ll be able to fully prepare before you take the test. If you take both the November and December tests without doing any studying in between, your score probably won’t improve much.

Do You Have Conflicts With Any Test Dates?

  • Check to see if you have any potential conflicts on or around any of the SAT test dates.
    Maybe the December date is on the same day as your speech and debate competition.
  • Perhaps you want to avoid the June test date because you’ll be focusing on preparing for finals.
  • It may be difficult to find a time when you can fully devote yourself to the SAT, but you should try to pick the best test dates for you.