College Board Offers New Summer SAT® Exam Dates

June 14, 2017, 12:15 AM

For the first time in over forty years, the College Board will offer a new summer SAT® in August 2017 and plans to continue the practice going forward. The least popular test option, the January test, will be eliminated next year as well. For years students, parents and counselors have been asking for a summer option, and finally, the College Board seems to be accommodating those requests.

Plan Ahead

Getting a great score on the SAT® means having a great study plan. At Kranse, we know how busy students can get during the school year with homework, clubs, volunteering, sports and more. Many incoming juniors will like the option of using the summer months to study for the SAT® before school begins in the fall. If that sounds like you, taking the August 26, 2017 test might be a great option. 

Or maybe you are you an incoming senior that wants to re-take the SAT® to maximize your score profile? Taking the test the August test would give you the summer to study and, combined with the October date, an additional test sitting before applying to colleges. If you are planning to apply Early Action or Early Decision, taking tests early in the senior year is especially important.

Register Early

Since this is the first time the August SAT® will be offered in decades, no one is sure how many students will sign up. My guess is that the new date will be very popular, so I recommend registering early and guaranteeing your spot. Regular registration ends July 28, 2017 (and late registration August 8, 2017), but only if spots are still available. But don’t wait, sign up as soon as you can.


Do You Need to Take the SAT® Subject Tests?

For students applying to the most selective colleges, the August test also gives students an additional sitting for SAT® Subject Tests. While only a handful of colleges require the SAT® Subject Tests, many highly selective colleges do consider them. In prior years, students had to choose between taking the regular SAT® or Subject Tests for the October test date. With the new summer SAT®, students have more flexibility for timing these exams.

No Excuses

Even if you will be traveling or not home over the summer that is still no excuse for not studying! Our new mobile app makes it easy and convenient for our students to study anywhere and anytime. Just sign up for Kranse Online SAT® Prep and take us with you wherever you go this summer.

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