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Nadira Berman

SAT Test Registration

So you’ve decided to take the SAT. You’ve been studying hard in preparation for test day. But if you want to actually take the exam, you’ll need to register at least a month before. Wondering exactly how you do that? Read on to find out.

What to do before you register


Make a College Board account

If you want to register online, the first thing you need to do is make an account with the College Board. This account will allow you to do much more than register for the SAT. It allows you to see your scores for the SAT, SAT subject tests, and AP tests. You can also use it to research colleges. The list of functions goes on and on. It’s an essential site for all college applicants.

Pick a test date

Decide when you’ll take the SAT, giving yourself at least a month to prepare. We have lists of test dates for 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019. As of the writing of this post, the next SAT test dates are on May 7th and June 4th. The registration deadline for the May test is April 8th, while the deadlines for the June test are May 5th (by mail) and May 11th (by phone/online).

Pick a test center location

Picking a test center is not as easy as it may sound. You’ll want to find one that’s conveniently located and a place where you feel comfortable. Use this tool to locate test centers close to you.

How to register online

  1. Sign into your College Board account.
  2. Provide your personal information. Make sure it matches all the information on your ID.
  3. Choose whether or not you want to take the optional essay.
  4. Upload a photo for your admission ticket. Make sure it fits all of the requirements.
  5. Pay the registration fee. It’s $54.50 with the essay and $43 without. You can pay with a credit card or PayPal online.
  6. Print your admission ticket. You’re done!


How to register by mail

In certain situations, you may need to register by mail. If you do, you’ll be able to pay by check or money order, but not cash. However, I definitely recommend registering online if possible. It’s a pretty simple, straightforward process.

What to do on test day

You need to remember to bring both your admission ticket and your photo ID to the test center. If you don’t, you won’t be let into the test room! Don’t miss the test just because you forgot these items.

Again, it’s important that all of the information on your admission ticket matches the information on your ID, because your proctor will be comparing the two documents before allowing you to enter the room.

Final thoughts

Studying for the SAT is stressful, so registering should be the least of your worries. If you take care of the process far before the deadline, you won’t have to worry about any last minute technical difficulties. So if you’re procrastinating, go ahead and register for the SAT already! And then get studying!

About Nadira Berman

As a Summer Marketing Intern, Nadira is excited to help high schoolers prepare for the SAT and ACT. As a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, she is considering studying economics. In her free time, she reports for the school newspaper and styles photo shoots for the school's fashion magazine. Besides fashion and journalism, her passions include bagels, smoothies and Netflix.

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