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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 $52, and with the Essay it costs $68. 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 $30. As a last resort, if the other deadlines are missed, you can sign up for the waitlist, which is an additional $53.

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.

*The Question-and-Answer Service (QAS) is available with the October, March, and May exams. The QAS provides you with a full copy of your test, your answers, and information about the type and difficulty of each question. It can be purchased when you register for the exam or up to five months after you take the test.

+Only the SAT is available on the March and September 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


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 $55. The ACT with writing is $70. 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 $35, you can complete late registration for the ACT. If you miss the late registration deadline, standby testing is available for an additional $56. 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

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

Test Information Release Form (TIR) is available with the December, April, and June exams. The TIR provides you with a full copy of your test and your answers. It can be purchased when you register or up to six months after you take the test.

+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. For 2020-21, the December and February test will not be offered. 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.

Test Date Change

There is a $35 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.

SSAT


To register, please visit the SSAT website.

Students usually take the SSAT in time to submit scores for admissions deadlines in January. For most students, the earliest SSAT date will be in October and the latest will be in January.

Parents must register for an account before they can see information about test registration.

How the SSAT is Administered

As of Fall 2020, there are three ways to take the SSAT. Regardless of the test mode, the content and timing are the same:

Computer-Based SSAT at Home ($149)  ** new in 2020! **

Due to concerns about COVID-19, students in the U.S. and Canada can take the SSAT on a computer in their home. They use human proctors and artificial intelligence to guard against cheating.

This will be the main mode of testing for the 2020-2021 season, and the At Home option is also planned to be a permanent addition.

Students can take this test five times per testing season (August 1 — July 31). More information about this test mode is available here.

Computer-Based SSAT at Prometric Test Center ($149)

Middle- and Upper-Level students can take the SSAT on a computer at a Prometric test center. For students in Westchester and Fairfield Counties, the closest test centers are Purchase, NY and Norwalk, CT. Prometric is a company separate from the SSAT that administers tests, including admissions tests like the SSAT and ISEE, licensing exams for professionals, and graduate school admissions exams.

Tip: Before registering through Prometric, the parent needs to get a Prometric eligibility ID. They can contact Prometric during business hours: 800-936-2433. When parents are signing up on the Prometric website, the “Test Sponsor” is Enrollment Management Association, not SSAT.

Students can take this test twice per testing season (August 1 — July 31). More information about this test mode is available here.

Paper-Based SSAT at a Testing Location ($149 + potential fees)

Some students will still be eligible to take the test on paper, administered at a testing center with other students or by an educational consultant.

As of Fall 2020, this test counts as a Flex Test, so students can take the paper-based test only once per testing season (August 1 — July 31). There are extremely few paper tests being administered on predetermined dates. The best option for most students will be to take it with an educational consultant, which costs an additional fee. More information about this test mode is available here.

Note that fee waivers are available to families who meet criteria. Families must contact the school to which they are applying to apply for a fee waiver; the SSAT does not distribute the waivers themselves.

Students should register for a seat as soon as possible to make sure they get the date, time, and location they want.

Note about Registration

Students can choose which test scores they want to submit to each school. Most students wait until they get their scores so they can choose which set(s) of scores they would like to send to their schools.

Cost and Process of Registration

Students can take the SSAT many times (but see above for limits on how many times they can take each type of test). As of the 2020-2021 school year, it costs $149 for all SSATs. Fees are added for:

  • $45: Late registration (2 to 3 weeks before test date)
  • $85: Rush registration (4 days to 2 weeks before test date)
  • $35: Test date or test center change fee

Receiving Scores

Scores are usually released within two weeks after the test. Parents can check their online SSAT account any time to find the scores for free.

There are a few options to pay for upgrades. The parent must select these when registering for the test date. These are entirely optional and, in most cases, a little unnecessary. As of 2020-2021:

  • $15: alert sent to email or text as soon as scores are available
  • $25: scores sent by regular mail
  • $35: scores sent by FedEx Priority Overnight (within U.S.)
  • $65: scores sent by FedEx Priority Overnight (international)
  • $20: get a copy of the student’s writing sample

SSAT Score Cancellation

There is little need for students to cancel their scores. Students can decide which set(s) of scores to send to each school they are applying to.

 

ISEE


 

To register, please visit the ISEE website

Students usually take the ISEE in time to submit scores for admissions deadlines in January. For most students, the earliest ISEE date will be in October and the latest will be in January. Remember that the ISEE only allows one test per testing “season”:

  • Fall: August – November
  • Winter: December – March
  • Spring/Summer: April – July

Parents must create an account to register their kids for the test, but testing dates and sites are visible even without an account.

How the ISEE is Administered

As of Fall 2020, there are four types of locations to take the ISEE. It can be taken on the computer or on paper. Regardless of the test mode, the content and timing are the same:

“ISEE at Home” Testing via ProProctor ($200)  ** new in 2020! **

Due to concerns about COVID-19, students in grades 5-12 in the U.S. and Canada can take the ISEE on a computer in their home. They use human proctors and artificial intelligence to guard against cheating.

This is not intended to become the main mode of testing for the 2020-2021 season, now that testing centers and schools are open again.

Students register through the ISEE website by starting with the Prometric test mode. More information about this test mode is available here.

Computer-Based ISEE at Prometric Test Center ($200)

Students in grades 5-12 can take the ISEE on a computer at a Prometric test center. TFor students in Westchester and Fairfield Counties, the closest test centers are Purchase, NY and Norwalk, CT. Prometric is a company separate from the ISEE that administers tests, including admissions tests like the SSAT and ISEE, licensing exams for professionals, and graduate school admissions exams.

 

Students register through the ISEE website.

Large Group Testing at a School ($140); Small Group or Individual Testing at a Testing Office ($200/225) 

The number of students at the testing site, as well as the test mode (paper or computer), varies by location. In the Westchester and Fairfield County school testing sites, the paper test mode is most common and therefore most widely available.

Small Group Testing at an ERB Satellite Test Site, Paper Only ($200)
The ERB Satellite Test Sites are only located in New York City and Los Angeles. Since many testing centers fill up in Westchester and Fairfield Counties, though, this may be an option your students need to choose, especially if they are registering late.

Note that fee waivers are available to families who meet criteria. Families must contact the school to which they are applying to apply for a fee waiver; the ISEE does not distribute the waivers themselves.

Students should register for a seat as soon as possible to make sure they get the date, time, and location they want.

Note about Registration

Students can choose which test scores they want to submit to each school. Most students wait until they get all of their scores so they can choose which set(s) of scores they would like to send to their schools.

Cost and Process of Registration

Students can take the ISEE once per testing “season” (see above for more information). See the 2020-2021 fee schedule for the different test modes above. Fees are added for:

  • $30: Scheduling a test over the phone instead of the website
  • $30: Late registration (14 to 20 days before test date)
  • $40: Reschedule before the test date

Note that the fees and change/cancellation policies for Prometric centers are a bit different.

Receiving Scores

Scores are usually released 10-14 business days after the test date. Parents can check their online ISEE account to find the scores.

There are a few options to pay for upgrades. Parents can add these from their online ISEE account, or they can call to add them.

  • $25: Scores sent by regular mail
  • $50: Hand-scoring for paper tests
  • $40: Re-scoring for a different grade

ISEE Score Cancellation

There is little need for students to cancel their scores. Students can decide which set of scores to send to each school they are applying to.

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