The College Board offers the SAT test seven times a year. You can register for the exam through mail or online. Here’s an overview of the entire SAT registration process.
Online Registration for the SAT Test
- Visit the College Board website (here) and click on the “Register Now” button or the “Register for the SAT” link. Proceed to create your College Board account.
- After signing in, you’ll be taken to the My SAT page. From there, you have to click on the blue button on the right side of the page that says “Register for the SAT.” If you have already taken the SAT test before, click on the “Register for another SAT” button.
- Then, you’ll be taken to the SAT Registration Getting Started page. This page tells you the registration would take approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Click “Continue”.
- You will be taken to a long questionnaire. Your personal information is very important for your SAT test registration. This is how the College Board will track your SAT test and link the exam with you. Make sure to fill in your correct information. Give your full, legal name and other identifying information. The information here should be the same as the one shown on your photo ID. Make sure all the information you provide is accurate.
- Demographics may be unimportant, but SAT test utilizes this information for the test takers statistics. This section is technically optional and has no impact on your SAT test score or even your college admissions.
- Create your profile. This entire section would take most of your time and energy, but this is also NOT essential to your SAT test score. However, the information that you put in the questionnaire will help colleges and scholarship organizations find you through the Student Search Service. You can get this free service by opting in when you register for your SAT.
Decide if you want to answer questions about your College Plans, Activities, GPA/Rank, Course Work as well as College Board Programs. These may time some time, but the information here will be useful if you participate in the Student Search Service.
- Decide whether to take the SAT Essay section and find out which colleges or universities recommend the section. Then, upload a photo that meets SAT test specific image requirements.
- “Select Test and Center” section is what really seems to matter during your SAT test registration. The Terms & Conditions section outlines the things you agree when taking the SAT test. Although you need to read a lot of things in this section, it summarizes to:
- Students promise not to cheat on the SAT test. Students promise not to utilize their cell phone during the SAT test. Test-takers are not allowed to discuss questions as well as answers.
- You will personally take the SAT test, and no one else will take it for you.
- From there, you will select your SAT test date. If students have a fee waiver or testing accommodations, this is where they fill in that information.
- Then, you have to select your SAT test center. The “Choose Your Test Center” section will showcase all the options that are close to you. Finally, you can now check out and print your SAT test admission ticket.
Registering for the SAT Test via mail
Many students need to have their SAT test registration by mail. If you’re one of them, you will be able to pay the SAT registration fee by money order or check.
You need to register by mail if you:
- Want an SAT testing center closer to your home.
- Want a Sunday SAT testing for the first time.
- 13 years old below.
- Can’t upload an image as part of the SAT test online registration process.
- Register for the SAT via an international representative.
Related Topic: SAT Requirements
Points to Remember When Registering for the SAT Test
- Select the best SAT testing center. This might be an automatic decision but many students take the SAT test at their high school.
- Register early, well before the SAT registration deadline. Mark your calendar when will your SAT registration date would be – it will be ideal if your SAT registration date would be at least 6 weeks before the test date. If you miss the SAT registration deadline, you will be subject to pay the late registration fees, or you won’t be able to take the SAT test at all.
- Pick your best SAT test date that fits your schedule, allowing you to have an ample time for your SAT test prep. The details below will help you pick the SAT test date that would fit into your schedule and would provide you enough amount of time for your SAT test prep:
You have to pay $46 for the SAT basic registration fee, while the SAT test with Essay section will cost you $60. If you can’t afford to pay the registration fee, you may be eligible for an SAT test fee waiver. You just have to visit the official website of the College Board to know more about fee waiver eligibility.
|SAT Registration Dates||Registration Deadline||Late Registration Deadline|
|June 2, 2018||May 3, 2018||May 15, 2018 (for mailed registrations)|
May 23, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)
|August 25, 2018||July 27, 2018||August 7, 2018 – (for mailed registrations)|
August 15, 2018 – (for registrations made online or by phone)
|October 6, 2018||September 7, 2018||September 18, 2018 (for mailed registrations)|
September 26, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)
|November 3, 2018||October 5, 2018||October 16, 2018 – (for mailed registrations)|
October 24, 2018 – (for registrations made online or by phone)
|December 1, 2018||November 2, 2018||November 13, 2018 – (for mailed registrations)|
November 20, 2018 – (for registrations made online or by phone)
|March 9, 2019||February 8, 2019||February 19, 2019 – (for mailed registrations)|
February 27, 2019 – (for registrations made online or by phone)