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SAT Dates and Registration Deadlines: 2020 – 2021

sat exam dates deadlines 2020 - 2021

The pandemic around globally has created panic and increased the stress levels of every student and parent pertaining to the uncertainty of the future due to the outspread of COVID-19 massively leading to lockdown which has brought a lot of things to a standstill position. 

Especially, the students who have to make admission decisions towards their applications made for Fall 2020; and those who looking forward to doing applications for the next cycle of Fall 2021 are having major anxiety issues as they have to make a difficult decision.

One of the major concerns is –  “When will I get to take my SAT next?”

Unlike other tests – IELTS, TOEFL, GRE and GMAT which have come up with “In-Home” test options, a lot of requests were made to make SAT “In-Home” also come into existence.

But on 3rd June 2020, the College Board addressed the concern and made an announcement in a press conference that there shall be no plans to provide “In-Home” SAT testing this year.

We know demand is very high and the registration process for students and families under this kind of pressure is extremely stressful” 

– David Coleman, CEO, College Board

Instead, they shall expand the availability of the SAT at “In-Person” test centres and organize SAT administrations every month, beginning in August 2020. Also, they shall be having an additional test administration in January 2021, if there is a demand for it. 

Many test centers conducting this examination may have fewer seats available than normal to maintain social distancing guidelines and may have unexpected closures in lieu of the situation around.

Newer high schools and colleges are being added as the test administration centre to help increase seating capacity to accommodate as many students as they can. Therefore the seats for August and September 2020 are filling up really fast. 

The registration opened on 28th May 2020 for students who were in extreme need of taking the test for the fall 2020 intake. Regular Registrations for all students around the world have also opened up last week.

SAT Exam Dates and Registration Deadlines 2020 – 2021

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“College Board Asks Colleges to Show Flexibility in Admissions This Year to Reduce Stress for Students, Citing Challenges in Providing Universal Access to the SAT During the Coronavirus Pandemic”

The College Board also requested its member colleges to provide some flexibility to students to cope up to the situation around and suggested three ways:

  1. To accept scores as late as possible, especially by extending score submitting deadlines for early action/decision applications to take lessen the worry and give more time to take the test and send the scores.

  1. To consider students applications who have been unable to take the exams due to COVID-19 as well as to those who had to retake the test. 

  1. Lastly, to pay close attention to  help all students as they make admissions decisions for the Fall 2020 intake.

To conclude, with this clarification and understanding, now it is time for students and parents instead of being anxious and apprehensive to reframe their minds, gear up again, and do systemic planning. 

Grasping the situation is sooner will be ideal rather than worrying about it and taking hasty decisions. 

Lastly, it is always advisable to take guidance from experts who can provide accurate and realistic information.

Read more about SAT updates on the official College Board page.

Author: Priyamvada Agarwal

Priyamvada Agarwal is a proficient career consultant, educationist & test-prep trainer from Kolkata, shaping the lives of numerous students since 2010. She graduated in Arts from Calcutta University and completed her post-graduate from the University of Cambridge.

ver the years, Priyamvada has interacted with and trained thousands of candidates for IELTS/TOEFL/PTE and Verbal section GMAT/GRE/SAT/ACT.  She has also been providing soft-skill & life-skill training to innumerable people through the skill-enhancement workshops that she conducts in MNCs, Private Firms and leading Colleges.


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