2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test Dates: What You Need to Know
Like all of you, we’re doing our best to adjust to the new normal the coronavirus has created. Throughout it all, our top priorities remain the health and safety of you, your families, and everyone at your school.
At the same time, we’re working hard to support you on your path to college and ease anxieties you may feel as a result of disruptions caused by the coronavirus. This includes offering you new opportunities to take the SAT and SAT Subject Tests™ to make up for the cancellations this spring due to the covid-19 pandemic. We’ve added a new SAT test date in September and an SAT Subject Test administration for international students in November. This means that beginning in August, there’ll be an SAT or SAT Subject Test administration every month through the end of 2020. Students can register for any upcoming test date. (Please note: As the covid-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we’ll monitor the situation and let you know if circumstances change. Visit our Coronavirus Updates page for the latest information on how covid-19 is affecting upcoming test administrations.)
We know this is a particularly stressful time if you’re applying for college, and the virus has heightened this stress for many. Colleges understand this too and this year, they’re rightfully being flexible with their application requirements. In some cases, they're extending deadlines and/or allowing students to submit scores after deadlines pass. Check college websites to get the most accurate information on their policies and deadlines.
Given the spring administrations lost to coronavirus, we are seeing very high interest in students wanting to register for the SAT. As a result, there is a greater volume than usual of students trying to register. Students may experience interruptions and delays online.
We thank students for their patience. As we work quickly to resolve issues, customer service unfortunately cannot help with any capacity-related inquiries. Instead of calling, please keep an eye on our social media accounts for updates and try to register again once we share that our site is available.
This year, many centers will have fewer seats because of social distancing guidelines and may encounter unexpected closures. While the College Board cannot directly control capacity and test center availability, we’re working with local high schools, colleges, and other sites to increase seating capacity in areas where August and September registration are filling up.
In many states and districts, there are ample seats available for students who have not yet registered. However, there is higher demand for the August administration and, importantly, in certain areas, August and September already are full or nearing capacity. It is the unfortunate reality that students in the densely populated areas hardest hit by covid-19—such as Boston, Denver, and New York City—will face the greatest challenge in finding open seats because of scarce test centers.
If you can’t find a nearby test center with availability on your preferred test date, be sure to check other dates. Change fees will be waived through the end of July should your plans change. If you prefer to wait for seats to become available on an earlier date, you can try again by logging back in to My SAT, selecting the registration you started, and then follow the required steps. You’ll see on the Select Your Test Center page any new seats added in your area.
How is College Board adding capacity for August 29?
This year, many centers will have fewer seats because of social distancing guidelines and may encounter unexpected closures. The College Board continues to do all it can to expand availability of the SAT at test centers.
We are providing SAT administrations every month for the rest of this year, beginning in August. We also announced there will be an exam date in January if there is demand for it. We are working to increase seating capacity, particularly in areas where August and September registration is filling up. While the College Board does not directly control availability, it is working with local high schools, colleges, and other sites to see if they will serve as test centers. Additionally, most state and large district SAT School Day partners plan to offer the SAT to students, for free, in the fall to replace canceled administrations in the spring.
We’ll be working with test centers throughout the summer and providing guidance on ways to maximize each test center’s capacity.
Why aren’t there available seats in my area?
Capacity for the fall administrations may be limited in certain areas due to public health restrictions and/or high demand. While the College Board can’t directly control test center capacity and availability, we’re working with local high schools, colleges, and other sites to increase seating capacity in areas where August and September registration is filling up.
Why is ‘Let College Board Find You a Test Center’ not an option for my area for the August administration?
Capacity for the fall administrations may be limited in certain areas due to public health restrictions and/or high demand.
For each administration, we’re working to expand our capacity for students to take the SAT as soon as schools reopen. We’re calling on our member schools and colleges, as well as local communities, to open their doors and provide additional test center capacity so every student who wants to can take the SAT.
If you are currently unable to find a seat in your preferred area, please select another location or another administration date. Additionally, please note that we are always working to add additional seats in areas of high demand.
Will I need to pay again if I registered for the June SAT or SAT Subject Tests?
No. If you registered for the June SAT or Subject Tests and didn’t cancel your registration, you can transfer that registration to any of the upcoming SAT or SAT Subject Test dates. You won’t be charged a change fee if you transfer before July 31. If you transfer after July 31, there will be a change fee. If you’ve already canceled your June SAT or SAT Subject Test registration, you should’ve already received a refund, so you’ll need to pay the registration fee for any future tests.
What are the specific SAT test dates for 2020?
Here are the U.S. SAT and SAT Subject Test administration dates for fall 2020:
August 29, September 26 (SAT only), October 3, November 7, and December 5