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SAT Registration

How to register for the test

You should register at least six weeks before the date of the SAT. The deadline is usually a month before the test date, but registering early ensures that you will have access to the test date and location you desire. The SAT without the Essay costs $46, and with the Essay it costs $60. If you do not register in time, there is a late registration deadline, which is typically about 10 days before the SAT. The late registration fee is an additional $29. As a last resort, if the other deadlines are missed, you can sign up for the waitlist, which is an additional $49.

In order to register for the SAT online, you must have a College Board account. The College Board is also responsible for the PSAT and AP Exams. You will be brought to your “My SAT” page. There is a blue button that says “Register for the SAT.” Once you start the registration process, it should take 30-40 minutes to complete your SAT Registration.

When completing the registration, be sure to complete the personal information section, agree to the terms and conditions (you agree not to cheat on the SAT, and you are who you claim to be), and choose your test center. Use your zip code to locate all of the available test centers in the area.

Finally, you will need to upload a picture of yourself. Be sure to follow the College Board’s guidelines for a good picture. If the College Board rejects the image, you will have to start the registration process again.

SAT and SAT Subject Test Dates

For more information on test cancellations, click here.

+Only the SAT is available on the March and September test dates; SAT Subject Tests are not offered on these dates.

Accommodations Request Deadlines: If you are approved for accommodations, you can find a list of accommodations request deadlines and information about accommodations here.

The Question-and-Answer Service (QAS) and Student Answer Service (SAS)*

During the registration process, The College Board gives you the option to order the Question-and-Answer Service (QAS) or the Student Answer Service (SAS). The QAS includes a copy of the test you took, the correct answers, scoring information, and a comprehensive report. The comprehensive report helps you review your score in depth by providing the question type and difficulty level for each question on the SAT. You will also be provided with your answers, so you can see if you answered each question correctly. The QAS is only available in October, March, and May for students who take the Saturday test in the U.S. and Canada. The SAS, on the other hand, is a report that includes the type of questions, level of difficulty, and whether your answers were correct or incorrect. The SAS is offered for the June, August, November, and December test dates for Saturday test-takers in the U.S. and Canada. To purchase the QAS or SAS, click here.

If you qualify for multiple day accommodations, Sunday testing, or are taking the SAT outside of the U.S. or Canada (see below), the QAS is only available for the May test date. For these students, the SAS is offered for all other test dates.

International Test Dates: The College Board offers the SAT internationally in October, December, March, and May. SAT Subject Tests are offered internationally in October, November, December, May, and June. Click here for more information.

SAT Waitlist

If you missed the registration deadline, you can signup to be on the SAT waitlist. The waitlist is the only option for getting into the test if you did not meet the late registration deadline, but this does not guarantee admission to the test.
You can request to be on the SAT waitlist until five days before the SAT will be administered. Being added to the waitlist does not guarantee entry into the exam.

Change Fee

There is a $30 change fee for changing your test center or test date or changing between the SAT and SAT Subject Tests or vice versa. This does not apply to changing between the SAT and the SAT with Essay; you pay the difference between the tests if adding the essay. You can read The College Board’s change policies here.

SAT Cancellation

If you want to cancel your SAT score right after you take the test, you must act quickly. Once you complete the SAT, you can cancel your score at the test center by completing a “Request to Cancel Test Scores” form and handing it in. Otherwise, you must send in a signed request by fax or mail to cancel the score. This form must be received by the Thursday after the test date, or the score will not be canceled. Cancellation requests cannot be submitted by email or phone because your signature is required.

  • Cancellation/refunds: Canceled registrations are partially refunded — you’ll get $10 back, whether you were signed up for the SAT or the SAT with Essay. Registrations cannot be refunded later than five days before test day.



ACT Registration

How to register for the test

Register as early as possible for the ACT. Test centers full up long before the registration deadline. Registering early ensures that you will have access to the test date and location you desire. In order to register for the ACT online, you must create an account on their website. In addition to registering, your account will allow you to view scores, send score reports, and register for future tests. When you register, it will take about 40 minutes, and you will be able to choose your preferred test date and location. A photo must be uploaded on the ACT account in order to be admitted into the ACT on test day.

The cost of the ACT without writing is $46. The ACT with writing is $62.50. Both registrations include a score report for you, your high school, and up to four colleges. The codes for the colleges must be provided when you register for the ACT. If you would like score reports for additional colleges, the price is $13 each. For an additional fee of $29.50, you can complete late registration for the ACT. If you miss the late registration deadline, standby testing is available for an additional $53. The fee for standby testing will be refunded if you are not given admission to the test center or did not provide your photo to the ACT.

If you are not paying by credit card, you must mail in your registration for the ACT.

ACT Test Dates

National Test Dates for 2020-2021 will open for registration in July 2020.

+For more information on test cancellation and rescheduling, click here.

No test centers scheduled in New York for the July test date.

Accommodations Request Deadlines: If you are approved for accommodations, you can find a list of accommodations request deadlines and information about accommodations here.

Test Information Release (TIR)

During registration, you can purchase Test Information Release (TIR). The TIR is only available for three test dates (April, June, and December). The TIR provides you with your answers, the correct answers, a copy of the test questions, and a table to convert your raw score to the scaled score. If you wrote the Essay, you will also receive the essay prompt, a scoring rubric, and your scores given to the essay by the two ACT readers. The TIR can be ordered up to three months after the ACT test date.

International Test Dates: The ACT international test dates are the same as the National Test Dates; however, it is offered within a two-day testing window. For each of the two days within a testing window, there will be morning and afternoon sessions offered. Session availability may vary by test center. Click here for more information.

ACT Special Testing (includes Multiple-Day Testing)

Students who are approved for Special Testing take the ACT during the designated special testing window (two weeks following a National ACT Test Date). You can read more about the ACT’s testing accommodations here.

ACT Standby

If you would like to change your test center, or you missed the registration deadline, you can signup for ACT standby testing.  Your standby request must be received within a specific window of time. The timeframe for each stand request period based on test date is below:

*No test centers scheduled in New York for the July date.

Test Date Change

There is a $30 test date change fee for a different test date only if you are absent, are unable to test on the original date, or your registration is canceled for failure to meet ACT test security requirements. You must pay the basic registration fee for the new test date plus the test date change fee. If you request a date change after the regular deadline for the new date, you must also pay the late registration fee. Your basic registration fee for the original test date will be refunded. If you want to change your registration, read the ACT’s guidelines here.

ACT Cancellation

ACT Scores can only be canceled the day of the exam before you leave the test center. If you have not broken the seal of your ACT test booklet, you are able to move your registration to a different test date.

If you receive your score and do not want colleges to see it, you can submit a written request to the ACT to permanently delete your score from your record. If the ACT was part of in-school testing, the score may not be deleted. This only applies for testing you registered and paid for.

You are able to delete any college score recipients by the Thursday after the ACT. Otherwise, the scores will still be sent to colleges.

  • Cancellation/refunds: If you decide you do not want to test, your basic registration fee and any additional service fees (e.g., late registration, test center change) are nonrefundable. Fees for optional services (e.g., TIR, writing test), however, are refundable on request.