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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.


2020-21 SAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

Test Date Registration Deadline
($52/$68 w/essay)
Late Registration
(fee applies)
August 29 July 31 Aug. 11 (mail); Aug. 18 (online/phone)
September 26 August 26 September 15
October 3 September 4 Sept. 15 (mail); Sept. 22 (online/phone)
November 7 October 7 Oct. 20 (mail); Oct. 27 (online/phone)
December 5 November 5 Nov. 17 (mail); Nov. 24 (online/phone)
March 13 February 12 Feb. 23 (mail); March 2 (online/phone)
May 8 April 8 Apr. 20 (mail); Apr. 27 (online/phone)
June 5 May 6 May 18 (mail); May 26 (online/phone)

When should my child take the SAT?

  • The SAT is usually administered seven times a year: October, November, December, January, March, May and June, but additional dates have been added.
  • 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 school 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 school counselor or student achievement specialist regarding school-based materials and opportunities.