2022 SAT Test Dates & When To Expect Your SAT Score – Your SAT Test FAQ

Matt Larriva
Sep 16, 2022
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A guide to the most important and common questions about the SAT test including whether you should take the SAT, when the 2022 SAT test dates are, when the 2022 SAT scores will be released, and how to understand your SAT test scores. 

If you have additional questions about the SAT or your SAT scores that we did not answer here, please contact the team at Powerful Prep.

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Should I take an SAT test or is it optional?

There are three basic situations in which you should take the SAT:

  1. If you feel that your college application needs a more competitive edge 
  2. If you can score competitively for your target school
  3. When the school you’re applying to requires the SAT (a few but growing number do, now that the pandemic has enabled testing again)

In our experience, most students fall in this category, especially those trying to get into competitive schools such as the Ivy League.  

If you aren’t sure what applies to you or if you are simply interested in knowing more, we go into more depth about whether or not you should test in our guide: Do I Need To Take an SAT or ACT Test?

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Should I take an SAT or ACT test?

When deciding between the ACT vs SAT test, you only have to pick the test which is better for you.  There are no colleges or universities that prefer one test over the other, so you do not need to worry about your admission chances being affected because you took the SAT instead of the ACT.

To figure out if you should take an SAT or ACT test, start by looking at our guide and take the quiz: ACT vs SAT: Which Test Should You Take.

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To confirm the recommendation, take both tests in a practice setting and then focus on the test in which you have a better starting score.

We don’t recommend skipping this step, but for a very quick recommendation:

  • the SAT test is better for students who are strong in Math, especially advanced algebra. 
  • the ACT is generally better suited for students who do well in English and Reading and who do not struggle with working under strict time constraints. 

If, on reading this, you think the ACT is the better test for you, then you should read the partner article of this one, 2022 ACT Test Dates & When To Expect Your SAT Score.

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When do you take the SAT test?

You can take the SAT as early as you like or as late as December of your Senior year, though this is not recommended. Ideally, you should take the SAT test and be done with testing by early Senior year. So plan on registering for at least one SAT test date before your Senior year.

Most students take the SAT test in the Spring of their Junior year or the Fall of their Senior year.

But, as we will explain, you should take the SAT test whenever you feel prepared. 

Here are three very important rules of thumb to help you determine when the nest SAT test date for you is:

  1. You should take the SAT when your practice score matches your target score.
  2. Do not take the SAT test, “just to see where you’re starting.”
  3. And do not take the test hoping to score higher than you have been scoring in practice. Most students score lower in the actual test than they do in practice.

Additionally, you will have likely seen all the material on the SAT in your high school classes by your Junior year.  You want to make sure that you have taken at least Algebra 1 and Geometry.

Remember, if you are not sure whether or not you are prepared, then be sure to take a practice SAT test and see if your SAT score is where you want it before registering for an official SAT test date.  

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Do I need test prep before I take the SAT?

You need to prepare if your SAT practice score is not in at least the 50th percentile of your target school’s accepted score.

For example, Harvard has a 50th percentile accepted score of around 1540 (the SAT is out of 1600). This means 50% of the students they admit have a higher score, and 50% have a lower score. If your target school is Harvard, you should score at least a 1540.

If your practice score is not there, then you should plan to prepare.

When should I start test prep for the SAT?

If you know you will need to prepare for the SAT test, keep that preparation time in mind when thinking about your future test date. 

Most of our students prep with us for about three months, and see a growth of about 100 points per month. 

So, if you know you will need to gain a lot of points, plan for a longer prep time, and if you only need to gain a small amount of points, you can plan for a shorter prep time. 

Should I Start Preparing for the SAT before Freshman Year?

The only reasons to start prepping for the SAT before freshman year would be:

  • you were targeting one of the talent-search programs for 8th-graders, which use the SAT as a qualifier.
  • you were dead set on achieving National Merit recognition, in which case additional prep might be warranted

For high school students looking to use the SAT as an admissions test (as most do) Sophomore year makes sense to start SAT test prep because:

  1. Most sophomores will be learning the math needed for the SAT/ACT (Algebra II and Geometry)
  2. It allows you to start prepping before the intensity of Junior year sets in

If you will not be taking the math you need for the test during sophomore year, then you might want to wait, or budget some additional prep time to learn the math you will encounter on the SAT test math section

This video will walk you through Math questions 1-20 on the SAT Practice Test 1.

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With a good group tutoring program, you should be able to improve your SAT score by about 150 points in 2 months.

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Self Study for the SAT

With self-study, you will have a lot of flexibility, but you could gain points more slowly. Still, this is a very affordable option, and perhaps a good place to start.

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What is a good SAT test prep schedule?

If you need more help deciding what your test prep schedule should look like, read our article which goes into more detail on the subject:

We also recommend not waiting until the last minute to take the SAT test. 

If you put all your hopes in the October/November tests of your Senior year, then you had best brace for disappointment: if you do not get the score you want or need by then, then you will have practically no time to do so before college applications are due. 

Powerful Prep recommends that you try to get all your SAT testing done 2 months before your college application deadlines.  Otherwise, your scores may not be available in time for college consideration.

SAT test dates 2022-2023

Here are the upcoming SAT test dates in 2022 and 2023 as outlined on the CollegeBoard’s website:

SAT Test DateRegistration DeadlineDeadline for Changes, Regular Cancellation, and Late Registration
Aug 28, 2021Jul 30, 2021Aug 17, 2021
Oct 2, 2021Sep 3, 2021Sep 21, 2021
Nov 6, 2021Oct 8, 2021Oct 26, 2021
Dec 4, 2021Nov 4, 2021Nov 23, 2021
Mar 12, 2022Feb 11, 2022Mar 1, 2022
May 7, 2022Apr 8, 2022Apr 26, 2022
Jun 4, 2022May 5, 2022May 25, 2022
August 27, 2022*Jul 29, 2022Aug 16, 2022
October 1, 2022*Sept 2, 2022Sept 20, 2022
November 5, 2022**Oct 7, 2022Oct 25, 2022
December 3, 2022*Nov 3, 2022Nov 22, 2022
March 11, 2023*Feb 10, 2023Feb 28, 2023
May 6, 2023*Apr 7, 2023Apr 25, 2023
June 3, 2023*May 4, 2023May 23, 2023
**United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands only

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    When do SAT scores come out? 

    SAT scores generally come out 2-4 weeks after you take your test. 

    SAT scores come out closer to 2 weeks if you take your test on a weekend or 3 weeks if you are taking your test on a weekday.

    If you took the SAT test with the essay, then your SAT essay score will come out a few days after you receive your multiple choice score. 

    The College Board will send you an email when your SAT score is ready.

    Test DatePredicted Score Release Date
    Oct 13, 2021*Nov 3, 2021*
    Oct 28, 2021*Nov 18, 2021*
    Nov 6, 2021Nov 19, 2021
    Dec 4, 2021Dec 17, 2021
    Mar 2, 2022*Mar 24, 2022*
    Mar 12, 2022Mar 25, 2022
    Mar 23, 2022*Apr 15, 2022*
    Apr 13, 2022*May 4, 2022*
    Apr 26, 2022*May 18, 2022*
    May 7, 2022May 20, 2022
    Jun 4, 2022Jul 13, 2022
    *Tests taken on a weekday

    What Time Are SAT Scores Released?

    According to the CollegeBoard, the time SAT scores are released will be staggered among students:

    On score release day, about half the students will be able to see their scores online by 8 a.m. ET; the other half will typically see them no later than 8 p.m. ET. We’ll email you when your scores are ready so you won’t need to check throughout the day.


    If you specified a college to send scores to on your SAT test form, the College Board will send your SAT score within 10 days of when you received your score.

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    How do I get my SAT scores?

    The easiest way to get your scores is to create an account on the College Board Website, then go to “Student Score Reports.” 

    The College Board will mail you a paper score report if you do not have an online account and if you signed up for the SAT by mail. 

    Outside of this circumstance, however, an online CollegeBoard account is the only way to get your score report.

    Understanding Your SAT Score

    Your Total SAT Score screengrab

    Your Total Score will be a number between 400 and 1600 and represents your overall performance on the SAT test.  So, 1600 is the highest possible score you can receive on the SAT. 

    Your SAT score is also the most important number on your score report and the one colleges will be most concerned with.

    SAT Section Scores

    You will also receive two Section Scores:

    • Evidence-Based Reading
    • Writing and one in Math

    Each of these will be a number between 200 and 800. 

    In fact, your Total SAT Score was calculated by adding these two Section Scores together.

    SAT section scores meaning

    Understanding your SAT Score Range

    If you are viewing your Score Report online, then you will likely also see a Score Range for your Total Score and Section Scores

    Your Score Range represents the range of scores you might have gotten if you were to take the SAT multiple times on different days without additional preparation. In other words, it represents what could have happened to your score had you taken it on a “better day” or a “worse one.” 

    The difference between your Score Range and your Total or Section Scores will be minimal at best: plus or minus less than 50 points. 

    So if your Total Score was 1010, you could expect your SAT Score Range to be 970 – 1050. 

    Some colleges will look at your Score Range when considering your application, but not all.

    SAT Test Scores, Cross-Test Scores, and Subscores

    You may also notice a few other sections on your score report detailing your Test Scores, Cross-Test Scores, and Subscores

    These highlight your abilities in certain areas of the test, such as your mastery of basic algebra or comprehension of scientific concepts. 

    These scores are a great way of figuring out what areas you need to improve in.

    Test Scores, Cross-Test Scores, and Subscores
    Looking at you SAT Test Scores, Cross-Test Scores, and Subscores (example shown above) can help you determine where to start if you are wondering how to improve your SAT score.

    What is a Good Score on the SAT?

    A good score is one that meets or exceeds the average accepted SAT score of the school to which you are applying.  Just because your score may not be competitive at the likes of Harvard does not mean that your score is “bad.”

    In general, schools like Loyola Marymount look for a score of 1300 or above; schools like UCLA look for a score of 1400 or above (note that even though the UC schools no longer accept SAT scores, this is still an accurate target for similarly competitiveness schools).

    Ivy League schools want a SAT score of 1500 or higher (preferably closer to 1600 than 1500).

    This is by no means an all inclusive list, so you should be sure to research what the average accepted SAT scores for your target schools are.  Finding out is as easy as a simple Google search.

    What is the Average SAT Score?

    The average SAT score in 2021 was 1060. 

    The average Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score was 533, and the average SAT Math score was 528.

    How To Understand Your SAT Percentile

    On your SAT score report, you can see your Percentiles listed underneath your Total Score and your Section scores.

    Your SAT Percentile is a way of comparing your performance on the SAT to other students who took the test. 

    It represents what percentage of other students scored the same as or worse than you.  So, if you scored in the 70th percentile, then you scored the same as or better than 70% of students.

    Your Total SAT Score screengrab

    You will see two different percentiles next to each score:

    1. Nationally Representative Sample Percentile
      • Your Nationally Representative Sample is an estimated percentile which compares you to typical high school students in the US, even those who did not take the SAT.
    2. SAT User Percentile
      • Your SAT User Percentile compares you to other students who took the SAT. 

    In general, colleges care more about the SAT User Percentile than the Nationally Representative Sample.

    That said, while SAT Percentiles are a useful metric for seeing how you stack up against other students, colleges ultimately care more about your Total SAT Score.

    You can see what percentile to expect based on your score in the table below:

    SAT Total ScoreSAT User Percentile (2021)Nationally Representative Sample
    1500+98+99 and above

    How many times can you take the SAT?

    You can take the SAT as many times as you want. 

    We recommend that you take the SAT test twice if you can, as your score is likely to improve during your second attempt (even if your preparations between sittings were minimal). 

    This piece of advice is not unique to Powerful Prep. 

    Most sources, including the CollegeBoard itself, recommend trying to take the test more than once.

    That said, we recommend that you take the SAT test no more than three times.  Even if you prepare seriously, your score is not likely to see a significant improvement after the third attempt, and your energy would be better spent on other parts of your college application.

    What are SAT benchmarks?

    On your SAT score report, you may notice a College Readiness Benchmark for your Total and Section Scores.

    According to The CollegeBoard, if your score meets or exceeds the benchmark, then you have a 75% chance of earning a C or higher in your corresponding first year college courses.  In other words, they tell you if you are “ready for college.”

    sat benchmarks example
    SAT benchmarks show a students overall readiness for college.

    You do not need to worry about whether or not you reach a particular benchmark: as we have said before, colleges are more interested in your Composite SAT Score

    If your SAT score is within or above the average SAT score range they accept, then colleges will not care if you meet The College Board’s criteria for college readiness.

    Instead, just like the Detailed Results section of your report, benchmarks are better used as a guide for helping you determine what academic areas you need to improve in.

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    In all seriousness, the SAT test is a heavily formulated, and you can easily improve your SAT score by learning its tricks and reviewing the necessary material.

    We, at PowerfulPrep, have dedicated ourselves to helping students improve their SAT scores, and if you are interested in improving your score quickly, you can book a consultation with us.

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