Ok, so my plan was to take the November SAT and if I was not satisfied, to take the SAT again in December. January would be an extreme case backup. This was because I wanted at least three shots at the current version. However, i just discovered that by the time the November scores come out, the registration date for the December SAT is way past already! Any way to circumvent this? I really do want to take the December SAT too.
No way to circumvent it. The prudent move is to register for the November and December tests at the same time, and not to take a break in your prep between the tests. If, when the November scores come out, you hit your mark, then you can stop prepping and bail on the December test—you lose your registration fee but it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind. If the November scores come out and you’re not happy, well, then you’ll be glad that you didn’t stop prepping, and that you’re already signed up for the December test. At that point, it might make sense to sign up for January as a just-in-case, and proceed in the same way.