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
1. Visit the College Board website and sign up for an account or log in if you already have one.
2. 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.
3. 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”.
4. You will be taken to a long questionnaire. 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.
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.
5. Demographics may be unimportant, but SAT test uses this information for the test-takers’ statistics. This section is optional and has no impact on your SAT test score or even your college admissions.
6. Create your profile. This entire section would take most of your time, 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. Even though this is not required, we recommend signing up for this service because this will increase your chances of getting educational and financial aid opportunities. You can get this free service by opting in when you register for your SAT.
7. Decide if you want to answer questions about your College Plans, Activities, GPA/Rank, Course Work as well as College Board Programs. These may take some time, but the information here will be useful if you participate in the Student Search Service.
8. Decide whether to take the SAT Essay section and find out which colleges or universities recommend the section.
9. Upload a photo that meets SAT photo requirements.
10. “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.
Here’s a quick summary of the terms and conditions:
- 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.
10. Select your SAT test date. If you have a fee waiver or testing accommodations, this is where you fill in that information.
11. Select your SAT test center. The “Choose Your Test Center” section will show all the test location options that are close to you.
12. Check out and print your SAT test admission ticket.
Registering for the SAT Test via Mail
Registering for the SAT through mail is needed when you:
- Want an SAT testing center closer to your home.
- Want a Sunday SAT testing for the first time.
- 12 years old or younger. Here are guidelines for younger students who plan to take the SAT.
- Can’t upload a digital photo of yourself as part of the SAT test online registration process. Check the photo requirements for SAT mail registration.
- Register for the SAT via an international representative.
- Choose to pay by check or money order.
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 to give you time to prepare and to avoid late registration fees. Mark your calendar when your SAT registration date would be. Ideally, it 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 enough time for your SAT test prep. Here are some factors to consider when choosing your SAT test date:
- College application deadlines
- SAT scholarship deadlines
- Whether you plan to retake the SAT
- SAT test preparation time.
- Any activities or commitments before the SAT.
SAT basic registration fee: $47.50
SAT test with Essay section: $64.50
If you can’t afford to pay the registration fee, the SAT test waiver is available for both the SAT basic registration fee and the SAT test with the essay section. See if you’re eligible for SAT fee waivers.
Check the SAT dates and registration deadlines.