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SAT Testing Updates
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted thousands of students’ plans to take the SAT. Here’s an update on the SAT testing landscape as of June 25, 2020.
Students applying to college have a new stressor this year: the uncertainty surrounding college admissions testing. If you plan to take the SAT, you may have already experienced a test cancellation or postponement and are scrambling to register for another date. We’ve put together the most recent information about the SAT test, including new test dates, registration deadlines, and other developments, to help you plan for the fall.
SAT Test Dates Released
The College Board, which administers the SAT, PSAT and SAT Subject Tests, has released an updated fall 2020 SAT testing schedule (see below).
How to Reschedule a SAT Registration
Registration for SAT testing opened on June 3, 2020. According to the College Board, seats are filling up quickly -- August and September administrations are full in some highly populated metropolitan areas -- even as the organization works to add seats and open more testing centers at schools, colleges and other locations. Capacity may continue to be limited in certain areas due to social distancing guidelines and unexpected closures of test sites due to COVID-19. If you are unable to register for a particular test date, College Board advises students to select another location or another administration date.
If individual SAT test centers close due to coronavirus or other issues, updates will be posted to the College Board’s Test Center Closings page. Students should also continue to check the College Board website and its Coronavirus Updates page for information.
SAT Fees and Fee Waivers
Until the end of July 2020, College Board is waiving the $30 fee it normally charges students for rescheduling test dates. If you were issued a fee waiver for a test that was later cancelled, the fee waiver will be credited back to your account so you can use it for another test. Fee waivers will continue to be available to students who cannot afford to pay the SAT registration fee. Visit the College Board website for details about obtaining and using fee waivers.
Update on At-home Testing and Test Prep Resources
In April, College Board announced it was developing an online version of the SAT that students could take from home if social distancing restrictions continued into the fall. In June, the College Board said it is discontinuing these plans indefinitely. “We are committed to a future with a digital test,” reported the organization on its website, “but we are changing the timeline and sequencing.”
College Board and Khan Academy® will continue to provide free SAT prep resources online, including full-length practice tests.
What About SAT Subject Tests?
SAT Subject Tests will be offered on every SAT test administration throughout 2020-2021 except for September 26, 2020 and March 13, 2021. Check with the College Board website to confirm testing dates for different Subject Tests.
Colleges are Being Flexible with Test Scores
Fortunately, colleges are well aware that students have limited opportunities to take college admissions tests this summer and are reacting to the situation in a variety of ways. Many schools have become test-optional, and others are being flexible with test-score submission deadlines.
SAT Registration Tips
It’s important to register for the SAT as soon as possible. That way, if a test date is cancelled after you register, you will have access to the latest information from the College Board and can reschedule your test as soon as possible. Here are some tips for registering for the SAT.
- Register online at collegeboard.org. It's the fastest and easiest way to register. From your online account you can print your admission ticket, make changes to your registration, and view your scores as soon as they are available.
- Decide if you want to receive mail from colleges. If you enroll in College Board's Student Search Service, you'll receive mail from colleges looking to recruit students, as well as from scholarship providers and test prep companies.
- Pay your fees or apply for a fee waiver. Fees for the 2020-2021 SAT are $52 and $68 with the essay. Fees include the cost of sending your scores to up to four colleges (additional colleges are $12 each). For a complete list of fees, as well as more information about registration, fee waivers, and the test itself, visit the College Board.
- Submit a photo. You must submit a photo of yourself with your SAT registration. You'll find the complete photo submission guidelines on collegeboard.org. If your photo doesn't meet the requirements, you may not be allowed to test.
Your SAT Scores and Score Reports
Your test scores will be available online about two to three weeks after you take the test. If you took the Essay portion of the test, those scores will arrive about five days later. About 10 days after all your scores have been released to you, they'll be sent to your colleges. Your score report will include your combined score and your scores by test section. With College Board's Score Choice, you can send only your best scores from a single test date to your colleges. For more information about Score Choice, visit the College Board.
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