SAT Testing Dates 2020: What You Need to Know

Each academic year (August – June), the College Board administers seven SAT exams.

When you take the SAT does matter, especially if you are a junior or a senior.

In fact, identifying an official SAT testing date is the first step in crafting an effective SAT study plan.

This can also be vital in determining how many times you need to take the SAT. Most of our students take the SAT at least twice, which grants them the opportunity to SuperScore and maximize their sectional and composite scores.

Locating those testing dates on the College Board’s website, however, isn’t so intuitive. In this regularly updated post, we specify upcoming SAT testing dates, registration deadlines, and more so that you can get a jumpstart on your prep.

In this post, we discuss:


Standard SAT Testing Dates 2020

Standard SAT testing dates refer to SATs administered on designated Saturdays throughout the academic year, at specific testing locations. Students can also take SAT subject tests on these days, depending on what is offered.

Here are the standard SAT administrations and registration deadlines for the first part of 2020:

SAT Test Date 2020 Registration Deadline Subject Tests Offered?
March 14, 2020 February 14, 2020 No
May 2, 2020 April 3, 2020 Yes
June 6, 2020 May 8, 2020 Yes
August 2020 – TBD TBD TBD
October 2020 – TBD TBD TBD
November 2020 – TBD TBD TBD
December 2020 – TBD TBD TBD

Plenty of SAT test-takers sit for the exam at their schools. “SAT School Days,” as they are called, are SAT administrations offered at high schools on weekdays.

Schools and districts get to decide if they want to administer an SAT School Day, so have a conversation with your school counselor to see if you’ll be able to participate in one. You do not need to register for the SAT online to participate in an SAT School Day–students sign up with their counselors.

You will, however, have to set up a College Board account in order to eventually submit your scores to colleges.

Here are the SAT School Day Administration Dates for spring 2020:

SAT School Day Administration Dates – Spring 2020
March 4, 2020
March 25, 2020
April 14, 2020
April 28, 2020

How to Register for the SAT

If you are taking a standard SAT administration, you’ll have to register either online or by submitting a mail-in registration form.

We recommend registering online, as this will give you the fastest access to scores and submission processes. However, some students may have to register by mail.

Registering Online

The first thing you’ll need to do is create a free College Board account online. (Note: your parents / counselor cannot do this for you.)

After you’ve created an account, it’s time to start the registration process. Log into your account and navigate to this page here. Follow the steps in the registration process, making sure to input your full legal name or whatever matches your ID.

The registration process will also ask if you want to be a part of Student Search, a service that gives select information about you to colleges so that you can be eligible for information and scholarships. If you opt into this service, you’ll have to answer a few questions.

Next, decide whether or not to sign up for the SAT essay. (Hint: we generally recommend it!)

You’ll then have to upload a photo ID. The requirements are pretty strict for this, so be sure to follow them to a tee. After this, you’ll be able to pay your registration fee and print your admission ticket, which you’ll need on Test Day.

Note: Students with SAT testing accommodations will need to input their SSD number, found on their eligibility letter, during the registration process.

Registering By Mail

You’ll need to register for the SAT by mail if you are:

  • Younger than 13 years of age
  • Requesting Sunday testing for the first time
  • Not able to upload a digital photo ID
  • Paying your registration fee by check or money order
  • Using an SAT international representative to register (international students only)

If you need to register by mail, ask your school counselor for a Student Registration Booklet for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests. This includes your registration form and envelope.

Find more details about mail-in registration requirements here.


When Should I Take the SAT?

Our students ask this question a lot, and for good reason. It can be unclear when to begin the college prep journey, especially when it comes to standardized tests.

Most students take the SAT for the first time in their junior year of high school. We further recommend that students sit for the exam for the first time in the fall or winter of their junior year, especially if they have completed Algebra 2 and Trigonometry by this date.

This also allows for second or third testing dates in the spring of junior year and/or fall of senior year, leaving plenty of breathing room for college applications.

Regardless, we encourage students to take the SAT following at least three months of intensive prep. We also recommend at least one more exam after this first official so students can be eligible for SAT SuperScore (and the highest score possible).

We’ve put together some SAT testing schedules to make it easy for students to determine the SAT testing date that makes sense given their prep trajectory.


Next Steps

Now that you know the SAT testing dates for 2020, it’s time to get ready for your next official SAT.

You can do this on your own, or you can get started by working with one of our expert tutors. In fact, one-on-one SAT prep can be the most effective way to get closer to your dream score in a short amount of time.

Learn more about SAT private tutoring here.


Kate_Princeton Tutoring_AuthorBio Kate M.

Kate is a graduate of Princeton University (B.A. in English Literature and Interdisciplinary Humanities) and Boston University (M.F.A in Creative Writing). Over the last decade, Kate has successfully mentored hundreds of students in all aspects of the college admissions process, including the SAT, ACT, and college application essay.