Today, the College Board opened up “priority” registration for the August, September, and October SATs. Priority registration is open to two groups of students:

  1. Students who registered for the June SAT or Subject Tests and didn’t cancel.
  2. Students in the Classes of 2020 or 2021 who don’t have a score yet.

“Priority” registration goes until June 3rd at 8 p.m. ET. Students in these two groups should register as soon as they can and certainly before the June 3rd, 8 p.m. deadline since each test center has a finite number of seats and many test centers may fill up exceptionally quickly due to limited space in accordance with social distancing practices. There will be a tremendous amount of demand for these exams, and no one wants to drive further than necessary to take the SAT.

After the June 3rd deadline, the College Board will open up registration to all students so any students not in one of the two groups above who wish to take one of these exams should set themselves a reminder to register shortly after 8 p.m. ET on June 3rd so they have the best chance of taking an exam at a nearby center.

The College board has additionally opened up registration for the November and December exams to all students, regardless of their previous testing status.

Students in  the Class of 2021 who are looking for a detailed plan for SAT/ACT prep, will find this helpful. I’ve also put down my thoughts for students in the Class of 2022.

Finally, there has been a lot of confusion around colleges and universities going “test-optional” for the Class of 2021 and the difference between “test-optional” and “test-blind.” My colleague Evan Wessler has written about that in a recent post on our blog.