How to Register for the SAT
There are two ways you can register for the SAT — online or by mail. To register online, you must first have a CollegeBoard account. Setting one up is pretty easy! Just visit the CollegeBoard website to set up your free account. Once you have your account, you’ll need a few things to register:
- Your photo I.D. - you’ll also need this on test day!
- A photo of yourself that you can upload to the registration site
- A credit card to pay the registration fees (more on this later)
- A printer to print your admissions ticket - you’ll also need this on test day!
SAT Test Dates and Deadlines
Below is a table with SAT test dates and registration deadlines. Don’t wait until the deadline to register! You should register as soon as you know which test date you are going to choose to take the SAT. Test date locations may fill up and you’ll want to take the SAT at your high school or close to your home so that you don’t have to drive too far on test day.
|SAT Date||Registration Deadline||Late Registration Deadline||Scores Back|
|Saturday, August 26, 2017||July 28, 2017||August 15, 2017||September 15th: Multiple-Choice September 18th: Essay|
|Saturday, October 7, 2017||September 8, 2017||September 27, 2017||October 20-26th: Multiple-Choice October 31st: Essay|
|Saturday, November 4, 2017||October 5, 2017||October 25, 2017||November 17–23rd: Multiple-Choice November 28th: Essay|
|Saturday, December 2, 2017||November 2, 2017||November 21, 2017||December 15-21st: Multiple-Choice December 26th: Essay|
|Saturday, March 10, 2018||February 9, 2018||February 28, 2018||March 23-29th: Multiple-choice April 3rd: Essay|
|Saturday, May 5, 2018||April 6, 2018||April 25, 2018||May 18-24th: Multiple-Choice May 29th: Essay|
|Saturday, June 2, 2018||May 3, 2018||May 23, 2018||July 11th: Multiple-Choice June 29th: Essay|
Can I make changes to my SAT Registration? Life happens. Sometimes you make a mistake, or you need more time to prep for the test and want to change your test date. Maybe you decide you do want to test with the optional essay. The test-maker understand this, so they enable students to make some changes to their SAT registration. For more information on what you can change and the fees associated with changes visit the CollegeBoard.
How much does it cost to take the SAT? The cost to take the SAT without the essay is $45. If you decide to take the SAT with the essay then the cost is $57. Make sure to research the schools to which you plan to apply before you decide to skip the essay section - some schools require it!
There may be additional fees to take the SAT. See below for additional charges:
|Register by phone||Available only if you've registered previously.||$15|
|Change fee||For changing your test center, test date, or changing between the SAT and SAT Subject Tests or vice versa. Does not apply to changing between the SAT and the SAT with Essay, but you pay the difference between the tests if adding the essay.||$28|
|Late registration fee||For registering after the regular deadline but by the late registration deadline.||$28|
|Waitlist fee||Charged only if you are admitted to the test center on test day.||$46|
Can I get a fee waiver? Fee waivers are available for low-income 11th and 12th grade students who take the SAT or for low-income 9th through 12th grade students who take the SAT Subject Tests. Students must live in the U.S. or the U.S territories. For more information and to find out if you are eligible for a fee waiver review the CollegeBoard website.
Where do I take the SAT? There are SAT test centers across the U.S. To find out where you can take the test on the test date you’ve chosen visit the CollegeBoard’s test center tool.
Additional SAT resources: