SAT Test Dates 2018-2019

Below is a table of the SAT Test Dates for you along with regular and late registration deadlines.

Helpful hints below:

Score Choice Reporting

Unlike the protocol of the 80s and 90s, you can, for the most part, take the test more than 3 times with impunity (score choice). Generally, the schools that look down on you taking the test 3 or more times are the Ivies.

Otherwise, for most garden variety schools, a score is a score. They want the highest scores you can offer. The larger schools, on the whole, do not dig too deep into the data. They want your score as a number and do not penalize you for taking it 2-4 times.

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SAT Test Dates Superscoring

Superscoring will allow you to mix your best section scores for a higher overall score.

For example, if State U allows superscoring:

You take the SAT in August and score 700 on the math and 500 on the Reading and WALT. Then, in October, you score a 500 on the math and 700 on the Reading and WALT.

For State U, your score is a 1400. They take your 700 from your best math and 700 from your best Reading and WALT.

Keep in mind that other students applying to State U will have the same advantage. Nonetheless, it does help to take the pressure off you to have a great single.

Bad news about superscoring: The UC system does not superscore. For all UC campuses, your best score from this example is a 1200.

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Best SAT Test Dates for You

Best is the August 25th date. You are generally not yet overwhelmed by school and assignments. This allows you adequate time and mental space to prepare over the summer. Whether you are working with for prep or on your own, you will have fewer demands on your time than during the school year.

The second best date for the test is March 25th of your junior year or earlier. This is just before the major cramming before AP tests and finals begins. It usually doesn’t conflict with your finals and other projects.

May and June test dates are generally best avoided. This is because they often conflict with the time needed for AP tests, end of the year projects, and finals.

May and June tests are fantastic, though, for SAT Subject tests. If you are taking an AP class with subject material overlapping that of an SAT Subject test, then great. You are prepping for an AP test in early May. You can dovetail that AP preparation with SAT Subject Test preparation. Often, the AP test is not only longer, but much harder, than its Subject Test equivalent. Keep in mind the subject tests are all one hour long and are all multiple choice. Not so bad, eh? At least compared to your AP tests.

December test scores are still acceptable for UC schools despite the November 30th deadline.

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SAT Test Dates and Prepping

Whether you prep on your own or with mcstutoring, you will want to set an SAT test date that works for you. If you are taking practice tests, you want to begin at least 4-6 weeks from the date of your actual test. This way, you can take 4-6 practice SAT tests to familiarize yourself with the material. Then, you can focus on your weakest areas while ensuring you earn all the points you can from your strongest areas.

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By Martin

Martin McSweeney is a National Merit Finalist, Pomona College Graduate, and member of MENSA. He has worked at the Center for Talented Youth (Loyola Marymount University campus); Upward Bound (Harvey Mudd campus); various test prep companies; and Whittier High School. Now, Martin helps students of all abilities improve their relationship with math.