SAT Test Dates and Registration

Important SAT Test Dates and Deadlines with SAT Scores Availability

The Dates for SAT Tests in 2018

This post will be updated with reminders on upcoming deadlines.  The next SAT Test date will be this coming  Saturday March 10, 2018.  It is too late to sign up but you still have an opportunity to sign up for the next test on May 5th.  There are two deadlines for any SAT Registration.  The first is the regular deadline and the second is the Late Online/Phone Registration.

 

How to register for the SAT

First before anything you must register for the SAT, right?   Ok, here are basics on what to do.

  • Create your College Board account for free
  • You must provide the exact info that is on your photo id card
  • There will be various questions that you will be asked which are optional but the more info you provide the better for the College Board to cater info and advice for you.
  • You are then given the option to choose taking the test with or without essay.  If this is your first time taking the test or if you are applying to a competitive school you will need to take the essay.  If this is your second or third go around and you are happy with the result then you don’t have to take the essay portion.
  • Upload a picture of yourself.  Here are the requirements for the right picture.

Guidlines for correct SAT Photo

After Registration

After providing all your information you will receive an email confirmation with all the details of date and the location of the Test.  Here is what the email will look like.

SAT Confirmation Ticket

Again it is highly important that you bring the admission ticket and your acceptable ID and everything matches!

The SAT Waitlist

For the May 5th Test the regular deadline is April 6th.  The Online/Phone deadline is April 25th.  If you don’t make it by the second deadline there is one last resort, the SAT Waitlist.  There are two reasons why you might be able to be wait-listed: Missing the last registration date or something had to happen to your paper registration and you didn’t have enough time to submit it again.  This is NOT a guarantee that you will be allowed to take the test.  You may have the opportunity to take the test if everyone who is signed up, is there and there is enough materials and seating left over.  It is based on a first-come, first-serve basis.  So get there early if you are on the waitlist!  Read all the information on Waitlists here.

Read the information carefully from start to finish.  There are added fees for everything if you are requesting registration past the normal deadline. 

Full SAT Test Dates for 2018-2019

SAT Test Dates 2018- 2019

SAT Subject Tests

The SAT Subject Tests are a totally different matter that we will discuss in a separate article.  But in short these are tests for different subjects that the College Board gives to show comprehensive knowledge for a particular subject.  Subjects such Biology, Spanish and Math 1 to name a few.

The Dreaded Fees

Like anything in life there are costs associated with anything.  The SAT is no different and there are fees that are required to take the test and fees on top of that.  Let’s breakdown everything so you know what it costs and there isn’t any sticker shock for your parents.

The Basic Fee for Everyone who registers on time:

Just the Test – $46

Test with Essay – $60

Why this is important.  Like most kids you most likely will take the test more than once.  However, if you take the test and just totally kill the essay and love your essay score, you don’t have to take the essay portion again.  That means you won’t have to pay the extra $14 the next time you take the test.  Some of you might say phooey, it’s only $14.  If you got it like that, great!  But a majority of families count all their pennies and when it comes to junior and senior year every dollar adds up.

Here are the additional fees:

  1. Registering by phone – for those who have taken the test before – $15
  2. Change Fee – Changing the test location or test date – $29
  3. Late Registration – registering past normal date – $29
  4. Waitlist Fee – Again read up above  – $49!!!

Think that is the last of the fees?!?!  Nope…

Fees for getting your scores and more
  1. Registration Reports – You can request that your scores go to 4 colleges for free within 9 days of taking the test-Free
  2. More Score Reports – If you want more than the 4 or you order after 9 days  –  $12 per report
  3. Rush Orders – If you want a free or paid report to be “rushed” to a school – $31 per report/per school
  4. Scores by phone –  A total B.S. option because it is the same time frame as online – $15 per call
  5. Archived Scores – If you need a score of a test you took before – $31
  6. SAT -Question and Answer – Provides the test questions and correct answers – $18
  7. SAT Student Answers – List of questions types, correct or not- less comprehensive than above – $13.50
  8. Multiple-choice verification – Manually scored by a human – If ordered can’t get the above two – $55
  9. Essay Score  Verification – Manually reviewed to see if any errors made in scoring and if found given refund – $55

 

The Week Before the Test

About a week or so before the big day you will receive another email.  This email contains the link to download your Admission ticket for the test.  This is what the email looks like.

Admission Ticket for SAT

Follow the link above and print out the ticket and your done! 

The Wrap -Up

As you can see taking the SAT entails lots of different factors beyond just studying for it.  On the parent side there are fees that go into every minutiae.  Make sure you are fully informed on what each service is and if it’s worth it.  If you meet certain requirements many of the fees are waived or reduced.  Check out and see if you qualify here. 

Beyond that if you’ve studied your butt off, then your good to go.  We will be writing another article on what Free and low cost materials that we recommend to help study for the SAT soon.  Check back soon or go to our Facebook page.   We will update everything new there so check back often.

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Best SAT Prep Courses 2018

The Best SAT Prep Courses

There are more and more SAT Prep Courses that are available it seems every year.  Why is that?  SAT courses are big business because the world of higher education is becoming more and more competitive.  If you look at the latest news from all the latest rankings, you will see that the competition to get into the most elite schools are getting more and more competitive.

A List of the Best Colleges in 2018

The Competition

The acceptance rates have plummeted to below 7% for all of the top colleges and universities in America.  For Harvard, Princeton and Stanford the rates are just hovering over 5%.  What does that mean for you or your child?  It means getting an extremely high score on the SAT is a given.   If you don’t have over a 1500 on the new SAT, that means the chance that you get into one of these most competitive schools is almost nil.

The Factors for Admission:

  • Getting a top Percentile SAT score
  • Getting a 4.0 in school with a rigorous course load
  • Having Outstanding Extra-curricular activities
  • Amazing Teacher Recommendations
  • Writing an essay that catches the admission officer at the very start.  Read this if you think I’m joking.

There are two factors that can be done from the above with lots of practicing and studying.  Writing the college essay can be done by researching past essays and basically writing over and over.  Hugely, important and is the only aspect of the college application that can really differentiate you from everyone else.   However, since this an article on the importance of the SAT let me leave it at there.  Let’s get down to the best SAT Prep Courses for 2018!

Here is our List of the Top 6 SAT Prep Courses for 2018

#1 Prep Expert The Best Overall

We rated this #1 for 2017 and not much has changed. (Read it here) Why did we choose Prep Expert as our #1 SAT/ACT Prep Course?  What you get is an array of resources that are top notch in the online test prep industry.  You are given access to proprietary books, tactics, live online classes, recorded classes and much more.  This is the only Prep Course that is endorsed by a Shark Tank investor, Mark Cuban.

Highest Score Guarantee in Industry

This company backs up their course with the highest guarantee in the Test Prep Business.  If you are taking the SAT the Guarantee is 200 points!  The ACT Guarantee is 4 points!

If you are serious about having your child get the best score to maximize their college opportunities, Prep Expert is hands down the best option because of the following:

1.Industry leading instruction and resources

2.Major Endorsement from one of the leading minds in the tech industry, billionaire Mark Cuban

3.Highest Score Guarantee in the Test Preparation Business.

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#2 Magoosh – Still our Choice for Best Value in Premium Courses

There might be a cheaper priced Prep Course out there but I haven’t found one yet. You won’t find a better priced option that offers such a complete online course that delves into the tests in such detail.  You are given awesome tools that have been carefully tested by expert instructors and students.  If your budget is tight but you still want a premium course Magoosh.com is a great option to choose.  There is a limited time offer.  Sign up for Magoosh ACT and get one week FREE!

#3 Wyzant – Tutoring Option that is second to none

Not everyone is made for traditional online classes.  Some might need more attention.  Your child might learn faster or slower.  Whatever the reason may be, tutoring might be the best option when considering the right learning environment for your child.  The reason Wyzant is a great alternative is because of the flexibility of choosing the tutor.  When you log into their site you search by subject and are given pages and pages of qualified tutors.  You can even drill down to tutors in your own area and meet them in person.  I know many parents and students would love the option of having face to face interaction with their selected tutor.

The Rating System

What makes Amazon such a great site for consumers?  Their rating stars and real customer reviews are an amazing tool that gives prospective customers great insight into an item before buying.  Wyzant has the same process.  Before you even select a tutor you can see actual student and parent reviews for each tutor.  This is good and bad.  It’s good because you are given real reviews that will aid you in the selection process.   It might be bad  because the better the reviews, the higher the rates for the tutor.    However, that is really good because you KNOW that the tutor is a Great Tutor!  Here is a snapshot of some REAL Tutors on Wyzant right now.

 

#4 Khan Academy –  The only FREE option that is really fantastic.

Has two important and great things going for it that is hard to beat.

1.Free – Like one of my friends likes to say all the time.  I love Free.99!!!  Khan Academy is the only free option out there that is is all encompassing and legit.  If you go to Youtube and go search up their SAT Channel, you will find their full course for all three of the SAT sections.  Here is the playlist.

2. College Board – Khan Academy has partnered with the College Board to do some amazing things.  If you take the PSAT and the SAT and link your account with Khan Academy they will personalize questions for you.  What does that mean?  It means that since they have access to your College Board account they can see where you had problems and cater personalized problems just for you.  That is huge!!!

Khan Academy SAT Prep Course

 

#5 Kaplan SAT Prep – The Grand daddy of all SAT Courses

Kaplan has been around the longest meaning that it is still good.  Kaplan has changed with the times has many of the newer options that other SAT courses offer.  To see what they offer go their official site or even go to Amazon and check out their books.

#6 Princeton Review – Many options to Choose from

The Princeton Review has probably been around the second longest.  It has changed with the times offering more and more to their arsenal.  When The Princeton Review first started it only offered courses in the classroom and now there are many more options to choose from.

Self Paced – $99 – Online Only

Ultimate Classroom – $899 – Online or in Classroom

Private Tutoring – $1,800 – In Person one on one and online

Books $23 and up –Cracking the SAT Premium Edition with 7 Practice Tests, 2018: The All-in-One Solution for Your Highest Possible Score (College Test Preparation)

Our Final Suggestion: The Ultimate Combo

What we would recommend is to take a premium course plus add the Khan Academy/College Board course.  Take Kaplan/Princeton Review/Prep Expert/Magoosh/Wyzant and combine that with what Khan Academy/College Board offers.  Therefore, this combo will help laser point exactly what your weak points are when retaking the SAT.  You will learn all the superior test taking strategies from the premium courses and learn what the College Board really wants from you.

 

Good Luck to everyone!