SAT 2018 Registration, Exam Dates, and Exam Fee
SAT is an international standardized test required for admission into most of the colleges in the United States. It is also accepted in colleges in Australia, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Canada. SAT is developed and published by the College Board. It is administered by Educational Testing Services worldwide on behalf of the College Board in over 25,000 test centers across 192 countries.
|SAT Eligibility||SAT Registration||SAT Exam Dates and Test Centers||SAT Exam Pattern|
SAT Test is conducted 7 times annually depending upon the region. It is held at least 5 times a year in most countries. SAT registration costs between USD 52.50 to USD 101.50 depending upon the country. It was taken by 1.7 million students across the world in 2017.
- SAT is 3 hours long paper-pencil test.
- It has four sections – Reading; Writing and Language; Mathematics (no calculator); Mathematics (calculator use allowed).
- A fifth section of essay writing (50 minutes) is optional. It is, however, required by some colleges.
- The score range is between 400-1600 for overall test.
|Level of the exam||International|
|Administered by||Educational Testing Service (ETS)|
|Developed by||College Board|
|Mode of exam||Paper-pencil|
|SAT Fee||USD 47.50|
|SAT Fee with Essay||USD 64.50|
|Score Range||400-1600 overall|
|SAT Test Centers||25,000 across the world|
|SAT Helpline||Domestic: 866-756-7346 | International: 212-713-7789|
SAT v/s ACT: Which to test to take?
Both SAT and ACT, have questions from same topics and are used for college admissions. Comparison between the two tests –
|Purpose||For college admissions and merit-based scholarships.||For college admissions and merit-based scholarships.|
|Reading||5 reading passages||4 reading passages|
|Science||None||1 science section accessing critical thinking skills and not specific science knowledge|
|Calculator usage||Allowed for a few mathematics questions||Allowed for all mathematics questions|
SAT Subject Test
- SAT Subject Tests are for specific subjects required by colleges for admission.
- 20 Subject Tests are available in five general areas - English, History, Languages, Mathematics and Science.
- The tests are generally available six times in a year.
- Each Subject Test is of one hour duration.
- Students can take up to three Subject Test on a test day.
- One cannot take SAT and SAT Subject Tests on the same day.
- Language with Listening test are available only in November.
- List of Subject Tests:
|Math Level 1||Math Level 2|
|U.S. History||World History|
|Spanish||Spanish with Listening|
|French||French with Listening|
|Chinese with Listening||Italian|
|German||German with Listening|
|Japanese with Listening||Korean with Listening|
- No eligibility criteria
- Students who are 12 years or younger in age can only register by mail
- Students in eighth grade or below must not include a photo in their registration
- SAT registration can be done online or by mail.
- Special accommodations can be requested for students with disabilities at the time of registration
- Create a profile on the College Board website
- Fill the application form by providing Personal Information, High School Information, and Contact Information
- Create a Student Profile
- Select Test and Test Center
- Upload a front facing clear photograph of headshot
- Check out and pay the application fee using credit card or PayPal
- Print the admission ticket
Registration by Mail
One needs to register by mail, if:
- Requesting testing closer to home
- Requesting Sunday testing for the first time
- Paying by check or money order
- Younger than 13 years old
- Unable to upload a digital photo in the online registration process
- Registering through an SAT international representative
To register by mail:
- Request SAT Student Registration Booklet from a counselor or College Board
- Fill the application form
- Mail the form along with a check or money order of application fee using the registration envelope to
College Board SAT Program
P.O. Box 7502
London, KY 40742-7502
Rescheduling, Cancelling or Changing SAT
Rescheduling, Cancelling or Changing SAT
Students can request a change in test date or center or test: SAT to SAT with Essay or SAT to SAT Subject test or vice versa
- Log in to the College Board profile to make any changes
- Make the required changes before the deadline
- Pay the fee applicable using credit card or PayPal
- Click on Update
- Print the updated admission ticket
- Additional fee along with registration fee is applicable for students taking the test outside the United States and U.S. Territories.
- Service charges are applicable for services like score verification, rescheduling the test, etc.
|SAT with Essay||$64.50|
- The set fee can be waived for students from low-income families
- Available only for citizens of the U.S. or U.S. territories
- Students must fulfill one or more of the following criteria to be eligible –
- Enrolled in or can participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
- Annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service
- Enrolled in a federal, state, or local program aiding students from low-income families
- Family receives public assistance
- Lives in federally subsidized public housing or a foster home, or is homeless
- A ward of the state or an orphan.
SAT Exam Dates and Test Centers
SAT is scheduled for the following dates –
|SAT Date||SAT Subject Tests Available||Registration Deadline||Late Registration Deadline||Deadline for Changes|
|August 25, 2018||July 27, 2018||August 7, 2018 (for mailed registrations) August 15, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)||August 15, 2018|
|October 6, 2018||September 7, 2018||September 18, 2018 (for mailed registrations) September 26, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)||September 26, 2018|
|November 3, 2018||October 5, 2018||October 16, 2018 (for mailed registrations) October 24, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)||October 24, 2018|
|December 1, 2018||November 2, 2018||November 13, 2018 (for mailed registrations) November 20, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)||November 20, 2018|
|March 9, 2019||SAT Subject Tests not offered on this date||February 8, 2019||February 19, 2019 (for mailed registrations) February 27, 2019 (for registrations made online or by phone)||February 27, 2019|
|May 4, 2019||April 5, 2019||April 16, 2019 (for mailed registrations) April 24, 2019 (for registrations made online or by phone)||April 24, 2019|
|June 1, 2019||May 3, 2019||May 14, 2019 (for mailed registrations) May 22, 2019 (for registrations made online or by phone)||May 22, 2019|
2019-20 SAT Administration Dates (Anticipated)
|SAT Date||SAT Subject Test Availability|
|August 24, 2019||Yes|
|October 5, 2019||Yes|
|November 2, 2019||Yes|
|December 7, 2019||Yes|
|March 14, 2020||No|
|May 2, 2020||Yes|
|June 6, 2020||Yes|
SAT Admission Ticket
- SAT Admission Ticket is available right after the completion of registration
- Students must present the ticket along with a photo ID at the test center
- The admission ticket has the following information –
- Student Name
- Student Address
- Date of Birth
- High School
- Test Date
- Test Type
- Test Center
- Registration Number
- Instructions for Test day
SAT Exam Pattern
- SAT is a paper-pencil test
- It is 3 hours long while SAT with Essay is 3 hours 50 minutes long
- SAT has four components - Reading test, Writing and Language test, Mathematics test without calculator, and Mathematics test with calculator
- Essay component is optional. It is required by some college. Students need to opt for it as per the college they wish to apply for.
- Score scale ranges between 400-1600
- Score scales for Reading and Writing & Language components are 200-800; for Mathematics – 2 to 8
- Essay results are evaluated separately
- Number of questions and time allotted to each section –
|Component||Time Allotted (in min.)||Number of Questions/ Tasks|
|Writing and Language||35||44|
|Total||180 (230 with Essay)||154 (155 with Essay)|
SAT test focuses on accessing skills and knowledge acquired by students in the high school education. Each section tests the skills required to succeed in college.
- Multiple choice questions based on passages and informational graphics
- Some questions consist of informational graphics like tables, graphs, and charts
- The test includes –
- A passage from a classic or contemporary work of U.S. or world literature.
- One passage or a pair of passages from either a U.S. founding document or a text in the Great Global Conversation. For e.g.: The U.S. Constitution or a speech by Nelson Mandela
- A passage about economics, psychology, sociology, or some other social science.
- Two science passages (or one passage and one passage pair) examining foundational concepts and developments in Earth science, biology, chemistry, or physics.
Writing and Language Test
- Multiple choice questions based on passages
- Some passages have informational graphics like tables, graphs, and charts
- Questions are based on sentence structure, usage, and punctuation.
- Students required to change words, clauses, sentences, and punctuation to fix the mistakes in the sentences.
- The topics include verb tense, parallel construction, subject-verb agreement, and comma use as well.
- The test is divided into two sections – Math Test–Calculator and Math Test–No Calculator.
- Most questions are multiple choice while some are grid-ins
- Grid-in questions require students to solve a question and fill in the answer derived in the space given
- Topics covered include –
- Ratios, Rates, Proportional Relationships, Scale Drawings, Percentages
- Polynomials, Linear, Quadratic, Exponential Models, and Equations
- Linear and Exponential Growths
- Probability, Statistics, Graphs
- Geometry and Trigonometry
- SAT Scores are usually released three weeks after the test day.
- SAT score reports include –
- The total score
- Sectional score
- Sub score (marks scored in each types of questions)
- Essay score (if applicable)
- Student’s percentile
- Score reports can be accessed via College Board profile
- Click on My Organizer.
- Click on SAT Scores
- Click on Access My Scores
- Enter username and password
- Click on "My Test Scores" box
- Your SAT score will be displayed on screen
- Students are required to send their score reports by phone or mail to the colleges they are eligible for
- Score choice can be used for the above purpose
- Students can send up to four score reports to colleges for free; prior to which additional fee will be charged.
- The raw score achieved by students is converted to a scale of 200-800 for each section.
- The total score is in the range of 400-1600.
SAT Score Verification
- Students can request Score Verification for a charge, in case they are not satisfied with their scores.
- The request can be made till five months after the test date.
- Booklet with SAT questions and answered marked by the student is provided.
- In some case, the entire answer sheet is scored again manually.
- If any errors are found in the scoring, the verification charges are refunded.
- The scores updated automatically after the verification.
- Students can request this service online or by mail by filling the SAT Score Verification form.
SAT Score Cancellation
- If a student feels he/she has not performed well on his/her SAT, he/she can request an SAT Score Cancellation.
- The request must be received before 11:59 P.M. on the Thursday following the test date
- This service cannot be availed online or by phone due to signature requirement
- The request can be made – at the test center and after leaving the test center
At the Test Center
- Ask the coordinator at the end of the test for a Request to Cancel Test Score form
- Complete the form
- Submit it with the coordinator
After Leaving the Test Center
- Download the form from the College Board website
- Information to be provided for score cancellation –
- Test date
- Test center number
- Name of test you are canceling—either the SAT or SAT Subject Test(s)
- Name, address, sex, birth date and registration number
- Send a written request with signature along with the completed form via fax or mail.
- The mail or fax label must read: "Attention: SAT Score Cancellation".
- The cancellation fee can be paid by check or money order.
- Fax: 610-290-8978
- Mailing Address: SAT Score Cancellation, 1425 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, NJ 08618
FAQs on SAT
Ques. How many times can I take the SAT in a year?
Ans. There is no limit on the number of times one takes the SAT.
Ques.How many times is the SAT available in a year?
Ans. SAT is available 7 times in a year in United States. It is usually available at least 5 times in a year in countries outside the U.S.
Ques.How do I register for the SAT?
Ans. One needs to register on College Board website for the SAT. Students can also register by mail in case of special circumstances like if a student is below 12 years in age, he/she must register by mail.
Ques.What are the eligibility criteria to sit for the SAT exam?
Ans. There are no criteria that one needs to fulfill to sit for SAT. You are allowed to sit for the SAT as long as you have a valid government issued photo ID to present at the test center.
Ques.How much does it cost to take the SAT test?
Ans. The basic fee for SAT is $47.50. SAT with Essay costs $64.50. Students taking test outside the United States and its territories need to pay regional charges along with the SAT fee.
Ques.Can the SAT fee be waivered?
Ans. College Board offers fee waiver for students coming from low income backgrounds. However, it is applicable only for U.S. citizens.
Ques.When can I get SAT admission ticket after registration?
Ans. SAT admission ticket is available as soon as you pay the SAT application fee and finish the registration. You can print the admission ticket right after registration.
Ques.What do I do if I lose my SAT admission ticket?
Ans. Log in to your College Board profile and print a new copy.
Ques.What do I do if I forget to bring my SAT admission ticket with me at the test center?
Ans. Student will not be allowed inside the test center without a test ticket or a valid government issued photo ID. Try avoid such a situation.
Ques.What is SAT Subject Test?
Ans. SAT Subject Tests are one hour long exam that test a candidate’s knowledge in a specific field of education.
Ques.How many SAT Subject Test are available?
Ans. There are a total of 20 subject tests available for students to sit.
Ques.Why should one take the SAT Subject Test?
Ans. SAT Subject Tests are a great way to showcase your strengths in the subject of your interests to the college their choice.
Ques.Is it compulsory to take the essay while sitting for the SAT exam?
Ans. Essays are optional. However, some colleges in the United States and outside require students to write an essay to get an insight in the though process and personality of the students.
Ques.What are the main topics covered under SAT?
Ans. SAT assesses students’ knowledge in the topics studied in high school. The question paper consists of questions from English, History, Mathematics and many such areas.
Ques.Can I use calculator to attempt mathematics questions?
Ans. Yes, but only for the section that allows the use of calculator. One section in mathematics does not allow students to use calculator.
Ques.How long does it take for the SAT score to come out after the test day?
Ans. SAT scores are released within two weeks after the test day.
Ques.How do I check my SAT result?
Ans. You need to log in to your College Board profile to check your SAT score.
Ques.How do I send my SAT score to colleges?
Ans. College Board provides Score Choice service through which you can send up to four score for free. Prior to which an additional charge is levied for sending scores to the colleges you are eligible for.
Ques.What is SAT score cancellation?
Ans. If a student feels he/she has not performed his best on the test then he/she can choose to cancel the SAT he/she sat for.
Ques.How do I cancel my SAT score?
Ans. Either ask for the score cancellation form at the center and submit it with the coordinator or download and fill the score cancellation form and send it with a written request to the College Board.
Ques.Can I cancel my SAT score using my College Board profile?
Ans. No, one cannot cancel the SAT score online because of signature requirement. A signed consent for the score cancellation is required.
Ques.Can I cancel my scheduled SAT?
Ans. If due to any reason you are unable to appear for the scheduled SAT, you can reschedule the test for the next date as per your convenience. You can use your College Board profile for rescheduling or cancelling the test. Service charges are applicable.
Ques.Can I avail special accommodation owing to my disability and medical condition?
Ans. Yes, College Board provides special accommodations and assistances for students who need them. You have fill the form for Services for Student with Disabilities. Send it along with supporting documents for verification and approval. The process can take up to 7 weeks.
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