Taking The SAT
You should register for the SAT at least six weeks before your testing date. The earlier, the better. This way, you will avoid late registration fees and increase your chances of taking the test at your first choice testing center.
You can register through the mail by completing the SAT registration form inside the annual SAT Bulletin. You should be able to find a copy of the SAT Bulletin at your high school guidance office.
If you want, you can also register online for the SAT at www.collegeboard.com
The SAT is offered seven times a year in the United States, in October, November, December, January, March (or April, alternating), May, and June. The test is typically offered on the first Saturday of the month for the November, December, May and June administrations. In other countries, the SAT is offered on the same dates as in the United States except for the first spring test date (i.e. March or April), which is not offered.
When you decide which colleges or universities you are going to apply to, find out if they required the SAT and when they need your SAT scores.
The SAT is offered on one Saturday morning in January, March, May, June, October, November and December. Check the exact dates from College Board to see which ones meet your deadlines. Count back six weeks from each deadline, because that's how long it takes ETS to score your test and send out the results.
Many high school students take the SAT in the spring of the junior year or the fall of the senior year. Ideally, you should have at least 2 months to prepare. If you can manage it, it will be a good idea for you to take the test in spring of your junior year. That way, if your score doesn't satisfy you, you can take another test in the following fall.
Take note that every single score you earn is part of your permanent transcript, and the colleges see them all. Therefore, it may not be a good thing for you to take the test as many times as you can. You should only take the test when you believe you are truly prepared.
According to College Board, one out of every two high-school students taking the SAT takes it at least twice.You can take the test two or three times, as long as you are confident that your scores will be considerably increased each time.
The SAT costs $41.50 ($63.50 International). The College Board makes fee waivers available for low income students. Additional fees apply for late registration, standby testing, registration changes, scores by telephone, and extra score reports.
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