When is the best time to take the SAT?
When you decide which schools you're going to apply to, find out if they require the SAT. Most do! Your next step is to determine when they need your SAT scores. This is the one date you really don't want to miss!
You do, however, still have some leeway in choosing your test date. The SAT is offered on one Saturday morning in October, November, December, January, March, May, and June of each year.
Check the exact dates to see which ones meet your deadlines. You should plan on taking an exam that is given at least six weeks before your earliest deadline, because it takes ETS at least three weeks to score your test and send out the results.
Generally speaking, even if you take the exam in December or January of your senior year, you'll probably have plenty of time to send your scores to most schools, however not in line for early admission.
When you plan to take the SAT, there is something even more important to consider than the application deadlines of particular schools. You need to select a test date that works best with your schedule. Ideally, you should allow six to eight weeks to prepare for the exam.
If the schools you've decided on also require Subject Tests, here's one good piece of advice: try to take the Subject Tests immediately after you finish the subject(s) in school. For most students, this means taking these tests in June. By taking the exam then, you'll save an awful lot of review work because you will have just finished preparing for finals. Remember this, too: you have to register for the Subject Tests separately, and you can't take the subject tests on the same day as the SAT Reasoning Test. So, check the dates, think ahead, talk to your AcerLogic Instructor or AcerLogic Admission Counselor, and plan it out!