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SAT Prep

Are you ready for the SAT?

  • Have you taken the PSAT?
  • Have you used your PSAT Score Report to review the items you missed?
  • Are you familiar with the directions for each type of SAT question?
  • Have you completed Algebra II and English II?
  • Have you taken challenging academic classes?
  • Have you met with your school counselor?

If you answer “no” to any of these questions, see your school counselor before registering for the SAT.


2017-18 SAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

Test Date Registration Deadline
($46/$60 w/essay))
Late Registration
(a fee applies)
October 2 September 8 September 19
November 4 October 5 October 17
December 2 November 2 November 14
March 10 February 9 February 20
May 5 April 6 April 17
June 2 May 3 May 15

When should my child take the SAT?

  • The SAT is usually administered seven times a year: October, November, December, January, March, May and June.
  • Most students take the SAT in their junior year.
  • Many students find it to their advantage to take the test more than once; however, simply re-taking the test without additional preparation will not be beneficial.
  • Students should have completed or be enrolled in Algebra II and English 11.
  • Students are encouraged to meet with their Guidance Counselors to determine the most appropriate testing date.

How can my child prepare for the SAT?

  • Students should take challenging academic courses every year, including English, math, science, social studies, foreign language, and fine arts.
  • Students should read regularly, both fiction and nonfiction. Make reading a priority over television and computer time.
  • Students should work on expanding their vocabularies. Learn prefixes, suffixes, and roots. Look up unfamiliar words in the dictionary. Subscribe to one of the word-a-day email lists. Study a foreign language.
  • Students should get involved in clubs, organizations, and sports. College Board research links participation in extracurricular activities in high school to higher SAT test scores.
  • Students should use their PSAT Score Reports to target specific areas for practice.
  • Students should become familiar with the SAT format and types of questions by practicing with official SAT materials.

Where can I find practice materials?

Visit the College Board website to access the following free materials:

  • Official SAT Question of the Day can be emailed to your child’s inbox daily.
  • Free Practice Questions in critical reading, math, and writing.
  • Free full-length Practice Test with score report and answer explanations online.
  • Purchase The Official SAT Study Guide or borrow a copy from your child’s school.
  • Visit word-a-day websites such as Dictionary.com or Merriam-Webster.
  • Contact your child’s Guidance Counselor or Student Achievement Specialist regarding school-based materials and opportunities.