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.
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. 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. To purchase the QAS or SAS, click here.
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 cancelled. Cancellation requests cannot be submitted by email or phone because your signature is required.
How to register for the test
Register as early as possible for 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.
The Test Information Release (TIR)
During registration, you can purchase the 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.
|TEST DATE||STANDBY REQUEST PERIOD|
|October 27, 2018||October 15 – 19|
|December 8, 2018||November 20 – 30|
|February 9, 2019*||January 19 – February 1|
|April 13, 2019||March 26 – April 5|
|June 9, 2019||May 21 – 31|
|July 13, 2019*||June 25 – July 5|
*No test centers scheduled in New York for February and July dates.
ACT Scores can only be cancelled 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.