When is the Best Time to Take the SAT?

I am asked this question regularly, and would like to properly address it. First and foremost, The SAT exam offered in the following months: October, November, December, January, March, and May and June.

The Exact Test Dates for the remaining months of 2012 and 2013 are as follows:

  • October 6, 2012
  • November 3, 2012
  • December 1, 2012
  • January 26,2013
  • March 9, 2013
  • May 4, 2013

Before we get into the best time to take the SAT, I must address what I call the “Score Choice Scam.” Well, here goes: With the new Score Choice policy (which is very tricky, and I will elaborate on it in another article), students are informed that they may take the SAT as many times as they’d like and just have to submit the scores they want to the schools they choose.

Score Choice sounds easy, right? Nope! Please do not be fooled by the College Board’s sneaky tactics. What ETS (the Educational Testing Service, aka “Evil Testing Serpents”) is squeezing more money out of each and every tester. Think about it. Instead of taking the test one or two times (and paying for the test just one or two times) kids are misled and parents are duped into now taking and paying for the test six or seven times. ETS benefits tremendously by keeping parents in the dark. So basically instead of paying $50 once or twice to take the SAY ($100 in total), kids will now feel safe in taking the test over and over again.. so 6 tries will be around $300). Oh, there are such things as fee waivers, btw, but those are scarce and hard to find—and there is no way that you will get away with using a waiver for 6 administrations of the test. Guidance counselors receive a cap on how many they can distribute and have to do a careful accounting of each fee waiver.

It is imperative to know that the rumors you hear about score choice are not entirely true. You can’t keep your SAT scores a secret from some very prestigious schools. Many top schools, such as Georgetown University, do not participate in score choice AT ALL (see http://uadmissions.georgetown.edu/scorechoicepolicy.cfm. “Georgetown University does NOT participate in the Score Choice option available through the College Board or the similar program through Educational Testing Service (ETS)” and “Georgetown requires that you submit scores from ALL test sittings of the SAT, ACT or SAT Subject Tests.”).

The list gets longer. Here is a neat consolidated list of just some of the colleges that do not participate in score choice—which means they will require ALL SAT SCORES when you apply to their college. Stanford, Cornell, UPenn, Georgetown, USC and Yale will not accept score choice. There are more \schools, but that’s a lot of info for now.

In fact, many top schools, not just the Ivy League want to see ALL student SAT scores, not merely the top ones in each section (sorry to be the one to have to tell you this).

Now back to business. Before I reveal the “magic month” (please don’t scroll down & cheat!!!)

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