Registering for the SAT

Planning to take the SAT? Here are the test dates, registration deadlines, and fees for the 2016–2017 academic year.

The College Board administers the SAT as well as the AP exams, the SAT Subject Tests, and the PSAT. The first step in preparing for the SAT is to register for it. Here are some tips.

  1. Register as early as possible so that you'll have a chance to take the test again if you want to improve your score. You must register four weeks before the test date. The chart below includes upcoming test dates and registration deadlines.
  2. Register online at It's the fastest and easiest way to register. From your online account you can print your admission ticket, make changes to your registration, and view your scores as soon as they are available. You can also register by mail through your school counselor.
  3. Decide if you want to receive mail from colleges. If you enroll in College Board's Student Search Service, you'll receive mail from colleges looking to recruit students, as well as from scholarship providers and test prep companies.
  4. Pay your fees or apply for a fee waiver. Fees for the SAT are $45 and $57 with the essay. Fees include the cost of sending your scores to up to four colleges (additional colleges are $11.25 each). For a complete list of fees, as well as more information about registration, fee waivers, and the test itself, visit
  5. Submit a photo. You must submit a photo of yourself with your SAT registration. You'll find the complete photo submission guidelines on

Your SAT Scores and Score Reports

Your score report will be available online about three weeks after you take the test. It will include your combined score and your score by test section. With College Board's Score Choice, you can send your best scores from a single test date to your colleges. Otherwise, the College Board will automatically send all your scores. For more information about Score Choice, visit the College Board.

Once you've registered for the SAT, you can sit back, relax—and start studying! Good luck!

SAT Test Dates for 2016–2017

Test Date Registration
Deadline (phone/online)
Online (estimated)
October 1, 2016 September 1, 2016 September 20, 2016 October 18, 2016
November 5, 2016 October 7, 2016 October 25, 2016 November 22, 2016
December 3, 2016 November 3, 2016 November 22, 2016 December 20, 2016
January 21, 2017 December 21, 2016 January 10, 2017 February 7, 2017
March 11, 2017 February 10, 2017 February 28, 2017 April 11, 2017
May 6, 2017 April 7, 2017 April 25, 2017 May 23, 2017
June 3, 2017 May 9, 2017 May 24, 2017 June 20, 2017

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