When Is the November SAT Should You Take It

 

You’re thinking about Thanksgiving, the upcoming holidays, and….the SAT in November? Maybe! In November, one of the SAT’s seven annual test dates is available, and it may be the exam date you select.


However, before you register for the November SAT, make sure it’s the right test date for you. In this guide, we go over all of the key November SAT test dates, such as when you need to register and when you’ll receive your scores, as well as every key pro and con you should consider before taking the SAT in November.

 

When Is the November SAT?

 

The following is the anticipated schedule for the November SAT in 2021, as well as other important dates for registration. The College Board has not yet confirmed these dates.


Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

Waitlist Deadline

Deadline for Changes
November 6, 2021 October 8, 2021 October 19, 2021 November 1, 2021 November 1, 2021


The November SAT exam will be held on November 6, 2021. It will be held in the morning, as are all regular SATs.

To register for the SAT, you must first create a College Board account and pay a $52 SAT registration fee. The registration deadline for the November SAT is October 8, approximately one month before the exam.

If you miss the registration deadline for the November SAT, you can still register for the exam through October 19. However, you’ll need to pay an additional late registration fee of $30.

If you miss both the regular and late registration deadlines, you can still take the November SAT if you join the SAT waitlist. However, being on the waitlist does not guarantee you a spot on test day.

The waitlist deadline is Monday, November 1st, which is five days before the test. If you’re on the waitlist and a spot becomes available, you’ll have to pay a $53 waitlist fee. You will not be able to register or join the waitlist for the November SAT after the waitlist deadline has passed.

The deadline for SAT changes, such as changing your test center location or name on your admission ticket, is November 1. Some of these changes will be subject to a $30 change fee.

When Will You Get Your November SAT Scores?

After taking the November SAT, you’ll have to wait a few weeks for your results. The estimated dates for receiving November SAT scores for you and colleges are listed below.

Test Date Multiple-Choice Scores Available Scores Sent to Colleges
November 5, 2022 November 18, 2022 December 3, 2022 (at the latest)

 Beginning November 19, you will be able to view your November SAT scores online. Don’t be concerned if you don’t receive your SAT scores by that date. The College Board most likely fell behind in grading SATs and sending out scores, resulting in a minor score delay. If your results are delayed, you can contact the College Board at 1 (866) 756-7346 for an update on when you will receive them.

The colleges you chose for free score reports will typically receive your SAT scores within a week of you receiving them. Based on previous years’ score release schedules, all colleges will most likely receive November SAT scores by December 5, at the latest.

Aside from knowing when you’ll receive your SAT results, how important are these dates to you? It has to do with the deadlines for college applications. The most common college application deadline for students applying regular decision is January 1, and the November SAT test date allows you to receive your scores in time.

However, if you apply early action or early decision, the deadline is usually November 1 or 15. That means if you take the November SAT, you’ll miss the majority of those deadlines, so we don’t recommend it as a test date if you’re applying early action or early decision.

Should You Take the November SAT? Pros and Cons

Is the SAT in November the right test date for you? In this section, we will look at the main benefits and drawbacks of this exam date.

Pros of Taking the November SAT

  • If you are a senior, your results will be delivered in plenty of time to meet regular decision deadlines. If you take the November SAT, your results will arrive in plenty of time for regular decision deadlines (usually January 1). You’ll be cutting it much closer if you take the December SAT, though many schools still accept scores from this test date. The November SAT, on the other hand, is the final test date where you can be certain you’ll meet regular decision deadlines.
  • If you’re a junior, you’ll have plenty of time to retake the SAT. If you’re a high school junior, you don’t have to worry about college deadlines this year, but you should still plan ahead of time when you’ll take the SAT. Many people take the SAT twice or three times to get their best score, and you’ll want to make sure you have enough time for retakes, including time to study in between test dates. The November test date is a great first date for taking the SAT because it gives you plenty of options for potential retakes, such as the spring of your junior year, the summer before your senior year, and/or the fall of your senior year.
  • There will be no clashes with AP exams or finals. The month of November is a good time of year to take the SAT. You’ll be accustomed to your classes, but you won’t be preparing for finals or spring AP exams just yet. You can study for the SAT during the summer or at the start of the school year, when classes are still starting up, giving you plenty of time to get your prep in and be ready to earn a high SAT score.

Cons of Taking the November SAT

  • You will miss the majority of early action/early decision deadlines. While the November SAT is ideal for regular decision deadlines, if you’re applying early action or early decision, this exam date will almost certainly be too late. Your November SAT results will be received by schools near the end of the month, which is too late for those deadlines. Some schools expressly state that November (and occasionally December) SAT scores are still accepted for early action/early decision applicants, but unless this is the case, you should not take the November SAT if you want to apply early action or early decision.

 

  • If you use regular decision, you will only have (possibly) one more opportunity to take the test. If you’re a senior looking for one last shot at your SAT goal scores and don’t get the score you want in November, your only option for a retake is the December test date (December 4, 2021), and that’s only if your schools accept December scores (most do though, for regular decision). It also gives you only about a month between exam dates to study and potentially improve your score. If you’re a senior and considering taking two more SATs, we recommend that at least one of them be the October SAT (on October 2, 2021) so you have enough time to study, review your mistakes, and then retake the November or December SAT.

November SAT Recap

The November SAT will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2021. The early registration deadline is October 8, with a late registration deadline of October 19.

Your results will be available beginning November 19, and colleges will receive them by December 4. This is a great SAT to take if you’re applying regular decision; however, if you’re applying early action or early decision this year, your scores may arrive too late.

To determine whether the November SAT is the best exam date for you, consider key factors such as application deadlines, the number of times you plan to take the SAT, and how much time you believe you’ll have to prepare for the SAT in the fall.

What’s Next?


Check out our Complete Plan for When to Begin Preparing for the SAT. This will provide you with a more comprehensive picture of how to structure your time, including what is tested, when you should take the test, and sample score goals for various levels of college selectivity.

Learn what a good/bad/excellent SAT score is, and read about good Ivy League scores.


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