Preparing for College

Early Decision and SAT Deadlines

Question: I will be a high school senior in the fall and want to apply to a college via Early Decision, but I haven't yet taken the SAT. Are SAT's required of Early-Decision candidates? If so, am I too late? Can I take tests in November or even December?

If a college requires the SAT (either SAT I or SAT II or both) of its Regular-Decision candidates then these tests are required of Early-Decision candidates as well. Typically, you will need to finish your testing in October, but sometimes November test scores are available in time. Some colleges that require the SAT II in addition to the SAT I will be flexible with ED applicants and agree to make decisions--at least provisional ones--before both sets of test scores have been received (but assuming that they have one set on file). Others will not. In many cases, the ACT will replace BOTH the SAT I and the SAT II.

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