Registering for the SAT

Planning to take the SAT? Here are the test dates, registration deadlines, and fees for the 2017–2018 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 $46 and $60 with the essay. Fees include the cost of sending your scores to up to four colleges (additional colleges are $12 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 (If your photo doesn't meet the requirements, you may not be allowed to test.)

Your SAT Scores and Score Reports

Your test scores will be available online about two weeks after you take the test. If you took the Essay, those scores will arrive about five days later. About 10 days after all your scores have been released to you, they'll be sent to your colleges. Your score report 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 2017–2018

Test Date Registration
Deadline (phone/online)
Online (estimated)
August 26, 2017 July 28, 2017 August 15, 2017 September 15–18, 2017
October 7, 2017 September 8, 2017 September 27, 2017 October 20–26, 2017
November 4, 2017 October 5, 2017 October 25, 2017 November 17–23, 2017
December 2, 2017 November 2, 2017 November 21, 2017 December 15–21, 2017
March 10, 2018 February 9, 2017 February 28, 2018 March 23–29, 2018
May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018 April 25, 2018 May 18–24, 2018
June 2, 2018 May 3, 2018 May 23, 2018 July 11, 2018

What's Next?