Taking the SAT in August may make sense for high school students who have a challenging school year ahead.
the College Board introduced an August test date for the SAT. This year, the exam falls on Saturday, Aug. 24, with regular registration closing on Friday, July 26. Given that this late-summer exam date is relatively new, some high school students may not know whether to take it then. The August SAT may be an ideal fit if any of these three scenarios apply to you:
- You would like to test multiple times before an early college application deadline.
- You would like to be done with the SAT before September because you have a challenging school year ahead.
- You cannot be present for the October SAT because you have other commitments that day.
You would like to test multiple times before an early college application deadline. Students who are very interested in a particular college or university may decide to apply to said school under early action or early decision.
Early action results in a quicker admissions decision than regular admissions, allowing students more time to think about whether they will attend the school. While EA is not binding, early decision is; it also results in a quicker admissions decision, but if accepted, the student must attend the school.
Most deadlines for early action and early decision occur in early to mid-November (i.e., Nov. 1 or 15). Such deadlines are nonnegotiable, so students must either submit all required documents by the established date or lose the opportunity to apply under these terms.
Many high school students prefer to take the SAT multiple times so they can submit their best test scores to colleges. For students who apply via early action or early decision, the November and December SAT test dates may be too late. Students who wish to test more than once before an early action or early decision deadline should therefore do so in August and October.
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