The SAT is administered 7 times a year in the U.S., on specific months, and less frequently outside of the U.S.
Note that the test session dates in and outside the U.S. do NOT coincide, so if you are in Europe (like the vast majority of our students), you have to check College Board’s website very carefully for the so-called International SAT Administration Dates.
The registration deadlines are usually one month before the test administrations, and the scores are available about 10 days after the testing day for the multiple-choice sections and within 4 weeks for the essay. Sometimes the waiting time for the score reports can be longer.
The situation might be even more complicated with the SAT Subject Tests, as the latter can be administered only on the same date as the SAT (the general test), but you cannot take the SAT and an SAT Subject Test on the same day. You can, however, take one, two, or three SAT Subject Tests on the same day – but you don’t have to. In addition, not all subjects are offered at every testing session. For an extreme example, the Subject Test “Italian” at international locations is offered only once a year (in June).
In other words, sitting for the SAT test supposes careful planning well in advance: it may be necessary to take the SAT in one month and one or more SAT Subject Tests in the following months. All this while keeping the score report availability dates in mind – so that the universities you are applying to receive your score report well before their admissions deadlines.
To help you, here is some very general data about the SAT administrations – but remember to always double-check the College Board’s website for the specific information regarding the test dates, registration deadlines, and score report availability – for both the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests.