Important SAT Test Dates and Deadlines with SAT Scores Availability
This post will be updated with reminders on upcoming deadlines. The next SAT Test date will be this coming Saturday March 10, 2018. It is too late to sign up but you still have an opportunity to sign up for the next test on May 5th. There are two deadlines for any SAT Registration. The first is the regular deadline and the second is the Late Online/Phone Registration.
How to register for the SAT
First before anything you must register for the SAT, right? Ok, here are basics on what to do.
- Create your College Board account for free
- You must provide the exact info that is on your photo id card
- There will be various questions that you will be asked which are optional but the more info you provide the better for the College Board to cater info and advice for you.
- You are then given the option to choose taking the test with or without essay. If this is your first time taking the test or if you are applying to a competitive school you will need to take the essay. If this is your second or third go around and you are happy with the result then you don’t have to take the essay portion.
- Upload a picture of yourself. Here are the requirements for the right picture.
After providing all your information you will receive an email confirmation with all the details of date and the location of the Test. Here is what the email will look like.
Again it is highly important that you bring the admission ticket and your acceptable ID and everything matches!
The SAT Waitlist
For the May 5th Test the regular deadline is April 6th. The Online/Phone deadline is April 25th. If you don’t make it by the second deadline there is one last resort, the SAT Waitlist. There are two reasons why you might be able to be wait-listed: Missing the last registration date or something had to happen to your paper registration and you didn’t have enough time to submit it again. This is NOT a guarantee that you will be allowed to take the test. You may have the opportunity to take the test if everyone who is signed up, is there and there is enough materials and seating left over. It is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. So get there early if you are on the waitlist! Read all the information on Waitlists here.
Read the information carefully from start to finish. There are added fees for everything if you are requesting registration past the normal deadline.
Full SAT Test Dates for 2018-2019
SAT Subject Tests
The SAT Subject Tests are a totally different matter that we will discuss in a separate article. But in short these are tests for different subjects that the College Board gives to show comprehensive knowledge for a particular subject. Subjects such Biology, Spanish and Math 1 to name a few.
The Dreaded Fees
Like anything in life there are costs associated with anything. The SAT is no different and there are fees that are required to take the test and fees on top of that. Let’s breakdown everything so you know what it costs and there isn’t any sticker shock for your parents.
The Basic Fee for Everyone who registers on time:
Just the Test – $46
Test with Essay – $60
Why this is important. Like most kids you most likely will take the test more than once. However, if you take the test and just totally kill the essay and love your essay score, you don’t have to take the essay portion again. That means you won’t have to pay the extra $14 the next time you take the test. Some of you might say phooey, it’s only $14. If you got it like that, great! But a majority of families count all their pennies and when it comes to junior and senior year every dollar adds up.
Here are the additional fees:
- Registering by phone – for those who have taken the test before – $15
- Change Fee – Changing the test location or test date – $29
- Late Registration – registering past normal date – $29
- Waitlist Fee – Again read up above – $49!!!
Think that is the last of the fees?!?! Nope…
Fees for getting your scores and more
- Registration Reports – You can request that your scores go to 4 colleges for free within 9 days of taking the test-Free
- More Score Reports – If you want more than the 4 or you order after 9 days – $12 per report
- Rush Orders – If you want a free or paid report to be “rushed” to a school – $31 per report/per school
- Scores by phone – A total B.S. option because it is the same time frame as online – $15 per call
- Archived Scores – If you need a score of a test you took before – $31
- SAT -Question and Answer – Provides the test questions and correct answers – $18
- SAT Student Answers – List of questions types, correct or not- less comprehensive than above – $13.50
- Multiple-choice verification – Manually scored by a human – If ordered can’t get the above two – $55
- Essay Score Verification – Manually reviewed to see if any errors made in scoring and if found given refund – $55
The Week Before the Test
About a week or so before the big day you will receive another email. This email contains the link to download your Admission ticket for the test. This is what the email looks like.
Follow the link above and print out the ticket and your done!
The Wrap -Up
As you can see taking the SAT entails lots of different factors beyond just studying for it. On the parent side there are fees that go into every minutiae. Make sure you are fully informed on what each service is and if it’s worth it. If you meet certain requirements many of the fees are waived or reduced. Check out and see if you qualify here.
Beyond that if you’ve studied your butt off, then your good to go. We will be writing another article on what Free and low cost materials that we recommend to help study for the SAT soon. Check back soon or go to our Facebook page. We will update everything new there so check back often.