Should You Take The December SAT?



With the year 2019 coming closer to an end, what are the final SAT testing dates that are available?


The December SAT is the closing examination option for high school students that wish to take the test at the end of the 2019 year. For many colleges and universities, this December SAT is the final test score that they will accept before application deadlines.


In today's article, 7EDU will go over the major advantages and potential cons for the upcoming December SAT. We will also include the exact date of the available December SAT testing date, along with when you will need to register, when you will obtain your scores, and more importantly - when the schools you apply to will receive your exam results.


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For starters, you are probably first interested in what date is the December SAT on?


Test Date: December 7, 2019 on Saturday (doors open at 7:45 am)

Registration Deadline: November 8, 2019

Late Registration Deadline: November 19, 2019 (for mailed registrations), November 26, 2019 (for registrations made online or by phone)

Waitlist Registration Deadline: December 2, 2019

Deadline for Changes: November 26, 2019

If you ever want to check other upcoming SAT testing dates, visit the College Board's SAT Test Dates and Deadlines informational page.


IMPORTANT NOTE to consider:

  • If you decide to not take this December SAT, you will have to wait until March of 2020 before you will be able to register for the exam. December 7th is the last SAT testing date of 2019.


For the high school students that are potentially interested in taking the December SAT, try to register for the test by the standard registration due date of November 8. The examination lasts 3 whole hours and costs $49.50. If you intend on taking the test with the optional essay, that entire test duration will be 3 hours and 50 minutes for $64.50.


The College Board understands the financial burden this might place on families and students, and firmly believes that expenses should not be an academic barrier for students that wish to take the SAT college entrance examination. You can find College Board fee waivers on their website - check to see if you are eligible.


If you decide at the last minute that you would like to take the December SAT, or that you would like to make any changes to an existing registration, you will incur an additional late cost of $30.


In the event that you miss both the regular and late registration deadlines, there is still the opportunity to take the December SAT if you register for the SAT waitlist. However, this does not guarantee students that they will be able to take the exam on test day. For the December SAT, this waitlist deadline is on Monday, December 2 (five days prior to the test date). If a place frees up, students will pay a waitlist fee of $53 along with the regular registration cost.


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Now that you have all the necessary registration deadlines and details of the December SAT, when will you receive your test scores?


There are three different parts of the December SAT that you should expect to obtain separate results for.


Multiple Choice Scores Available On: December 20, 2019

Essay Scores Available On: December 23 - December 25, 2019

Scores To Be Sent To Colleges On: January 4, 2020 (no later than)


The multiple-choice parts of the December SAT test are results for the Math and EBRW (Evidence-based Reading and Writing). They will be accessible online, but you can also obtain your performance results by phone - but the service will cost $15 per call.


For the students that took the December SAT with the optional essay, your scores will be accessible in time for Christmas!


For the four primary colleges and universities that you designated for your four free SAT score reports to be sent to, you can anticipate for them to receive the examination scores within a week of you obtaining your scores. The College Board assures that all schools shall receive December SAT test scores no later than January 4.


If your score is delayed for whatever reason, you can contact the College Board at 1 (866) 756-7346.


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With the important details of the December SAT out of the way, this is the portion of the article that most parents and students care about: the benefits (and potential cons) of taking the December SAT.


High School Seniors (Grade 12)

If you are a high school student during senior year, the December SAT may be the final and last opportunity for you to take the exam. As this is the final test date available for the SAT, this will also be the last exam deadline that colleges will approve scores from.


However, be sure to check the SAT test result deadline for each college you are applying to and contact the admissions office if you ever feel that any information is vague or unclear!


The con of the December SAT for seniors is simple: you won't have the option for any further retakes if this is the only test date that you have already register for.


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High School Juniors (Grade 11)

While high school juniors do not have stringent college deadlines this year, it is important that you plan strategically on when to take the SAT examinations. It is highly recommended that students take the SAT at least two to three times if they wish to obtain their personal top score.


In order to take the SAT and properly improve on your previous mistakes for the upcoming retake, you will need to permit yourself extra time to prepare and study. As a result, the December SAT will be a great option for the first testing date. The December SAT will allow students additional retake alternatives, for example during the spring of their junior year, the summer before senior year, or within fall of senior year.


As always, you should plan ahead and consider any potential other potential finals or AP exams that will conflict with your SAT study plan.



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