Like a couple getting married seven times in the span of a year, the College Board has released a "save the date" for the administration of the SAT and Subject Tests for the 2013-14 school year and anticipated dates for the 2014-15 school year.
These dates aren't surprising, since the SAT falls on roughly the same days each year, but for many high school students -- especially those overseas -- the dates can sneak up on you.
Each date is a Saturday, with tests available the next day for students whose religious observances prevent them from taking exams on Saturdays. Here's the deal:
2013-2014 SAT Test Dates
- October 5
- November 2
- December 7
- January 25
- March 8 (U.S. only; no Subject Tests)
- May 3
- June 7
Thus far the dates are published only in PDF and have not been posted on the College Board website. Registration is not yet open.
October may seem a long way away, but you should keep in mind the following tips:
1. Many overseas testing centers fill up quickly. Register early, or else you might have to travel.
2. Be very clear about which tests you need to take. It's a great idea to take the SAT at least twice, but don't forget to take Subject Tests if your prospective universities require them.
3. Find out the latest test date from which your prospective universities will accept scores. Sometimes they'll take scores from dates following their application deadlines, but you can't be sure unless you ask. (Admissions department websites are notoriously unhelpful in this regard.)
4. Study early, and study smart. Last-minute cramming can be helpful, but if you're intent on getting your best score, it should be a more gradual process. That's where ArborBridge comes in, with customized, efficient test preparation programs.
5. Fear not. With great test prep and a positive attitude, signing up for the SAT should be the hardest part!