The SAT is administered by the College Board, a not-for-profit member association which also governs the PSAT and AP programs.
To register for the SAT, students can create an online account at www.collegeboard.com or register by mail by picking up a registration packet at their guidance counselor's office. We recommend that you register online because your scores will be posted to your online account just two weeks after the completion of the test. You will also be able to download the essay question and your response. Students who enroll by mail will have to wait to receive their scores by mail or pay the additional $15 for their scores by phone.
You are required to register by mail if you are:
- younger than 13 years old
- registering a Sunday administration for the first time due to religious observance
- located over 75 miles from a test center and wish to take the test closer to home
- taking the test in Kenya, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, or Cameroon
The registration fee for the SAT is $52.50. Additional fees may apply, including late registration costs and international processing charges. You can also purchase additional score reports, copies of your answers, and other services from the College Board. This information is available on their website and at the time of registration.
If you are unable to afford the registration costs, fee waivers are available through your counselor's office. Students who qualify for an SAT fee waiver usually qualify for college application fee waivers, as well.
The SAT is offered 7 times throughout the traditional school year. Students should take the test during one of the three spring administrations of their Junior year, and take it again in the fall of their Senior year.
You can view upcoming test dates here.
Almost forget to register? The deadline for regular registration varies, but is typically a month prior to the test administration. Online registration must be completed by the deadline, while mailed entries must be postmarked by the deadline. Students who miss the regular registration may still enroll with a late fee, provided they still register about three weeks prior to the test. You can find these deadlines and additional fees here.
Although the PSAT is a College Board program, the test itself is given by local high schools. You must register through your guidance office or the guidance office of the local high school administering the test. The test is only given once a year (in October) and costs about $14. Some high schools may have additional administrative charges and fees attached to the test.