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The SAT is a nationally administered, standardized paper-and-pencil test that helps colleges evaluate candidates.
Deciding when you plan to take the SAT can help you set your study schedule and stay on track to meet your college application deadlines. Most students take the SAT for the first time in the spring of their junior year, allowing enough time to retake it during the summer or fall if a higher score is needed. Of course if you prep for the SAT with us, the chances you'll be one-and-done go up significantly!
Below are upcoming SAT test dates in the United States. If you're outside the U.S., check international SAT test dates. If you're looking to take a SAT Subject Test, you can find dates and register here. Whenever you're ready to lock in a date, you can register for the SAT online (please note that your parent or guidance counselor can't do it for you).
In theory you've already been studying for the SAT your entire academic career! The SAT tests math, reading, and writing concepts that you should already have been exposed to in your junior high and high school classrooms. That said, once you're ready to buckle down and fully prepare for the SAT, you can expect to spend 60-100 hours or more studying. Many students take the SAT for the first time their Junior year of high school but then take it multiple times, meaning the whole process could take a year or more.
A good SAT score is any score that gets you in to the school(s) you're applying to. Remember, it's not a competition against your friends. Check the website of your target schools for their expected SAT score ranges, and shoot for a score that falls within that range. Objectively, the SAT score range is from 400 - 1600. Currently the average (mean) score is 1068. The higher your score, the better you did compared to all other test takers. Scores higher than 1250 put you in the 80th percentile, meaning you scored higher than 80% of all other test takers. That's a pretty solid score!
You should take whichever exam is required for admission by the school(s) you're applying to. It used to be the case that the ACT was more often taken by students in the Midwest and South while the SAT was taken by students on the East and West coasts, but that's no longer the case. It's a pretty even split these days. In fact, many students take both tests and use their scores to apply to a wide range of schools. If your target school accepts either test, go with whichever one you thing you can do better on. Take a free practice test of each to make that determination.
The SAT costs $49.50 to register for without the essay and $64.50 with the essay. Fee waivers are available. Additional fees may apply, for example if you register by phone or change your test date. A full fee schedule can be found HERE.
The Official SAT Study Guide is indispensable in that it contains hundreds of real former SAT practice questions straight from the makers of the SAT. It's also where you'll find full-length practice tests to hone your skills. The CollegeBoard also has a question-a-day practice app that is useful. Finally, Dominate Test Prep's monthly coaching program is a great resource for personalized instruction and support.
Our most popular SAT prep option is the SAT Monthly Coaching Program. In addition to the live sessions with Brett each month, we also deliver practical how-to's straight to your inbox each week. You can give it a try for only $1, and then it's only $35/month thereafter. We also have self-guided video-based SAT courses that you can navigate around your busy schedule. We're looking forward to working with you!
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