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When Do SAT Scores Come Out? And Other SAT Score Release Facts You Should Know

When do SAT scores come out? Read the SAT score release facts you should know - magoosh

When Do SAT Scores Come Out?

At the earliest, you will be able to view your scores online beginning 13 days after the test.

SAT multiple choice scores can take anywhere from 13 to 19 days to be released during the academic year – and up to five and a half weeks in the summer.

If you are taking the optional SAT Essay in or before June 2021, once you get your multiple choice score you can expect to receive your Essay score within the next five days (or sometimes less!). After June 2021, the Essay will no longer be offered–part of some big SAT changes.

U.S. and International SAT Score Release Dates

But when do SAT scores come out exactly?

Look no further! The tables below cover the schedule of SAT score release dates: every SAT test date, SAT score release date, and Essay score release date (while still applicable) for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 and testing years in the U.S. — as well as international dates. For more information about registration dates and choosing the best test date, see our accompanying post on SAT test dates.

You may notice that for most of the test dates, a range of release dates are given. This is the time frame within which you can expect to get your multiple choice scores. Alternatively, the Essay score release date is the date your Essay score will be released at the latest.

2019-2020 SAT Score Release Dates (U.S.)

SAT Test DateSAT Score Release Date
(Multiple Choice)
SAT Score Release Date
(Essay)
August 24, 2019September 6, 2019September 9, 2019
October 5, 2019October 18, 2019October 21, 2019
November 2, 2019November 15, 2019November 18, 2019
December 7, 2019December 20, 2019December 23, 2019
March 14, 2020March 27, 2020March 30, 2020
May 2, 2020: CANCELLEDMay 15, 2020May 18, 2020
June 6, 2020: CANCELLEDJuly 15, 2020July 17, 2020

2020-2021 SAT Score Release Dates (U.S.)

The College Board has announced that they will be adding a test date in response to COVID-19 on September 26, 2020. More details will be added as the College Board releases them! They have also brought up the possibility of a test in January 2021 if there is enough demand.

SAT Test DateSAT Score Release Date
(Multiple Choice)
SAT Score Release Date
(Essay)*
August 29, 2020September 11, 2020September 14, 2020
September 26, 2020: ADDEDOctober 9, 2020October 16, 2020
October 3, 2020October 16, 2020October 23, 2020
November 7, 2020November 20, 2020November 27, 2020
December 5, 2020December 18, 2020December 26, 2020
March 13, 2021March 26, 2021April 2, 2021
May 8, 2021May 21, 2021May 28, 2021
June 5, 2021July 14, 2021July 21, 2021

*The majority of SAT essay scores will be released the week following your multiple-choice scores.

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2019-2020 SAT Score Release Dates (International)

International Test DateInternational SAT Score Release Date
October 5, 2019October 18-23, 2019
December 7, 2019December 20-25, 2019
March 14, 2020March 27-April 1, 2020
May 2, 2020: CANCELLEDMay 15-20, 2020

2020-2021 SAT Score Release Dates (International)

International Test DateInternational SAT Score Release Date
September 26, 2020 (ADDED)October 9-16, 2020
October 3, 2020October 16-23, 2020
December 5, 2020December 18-26, 2020
March 13, 2021March 26-April 2, 2021
May 8, 2021May 21-28, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Why haven’t I gotten my score yet?

So you’ve reached the end of the SAT score release window…and still nothing!

Don’t worry! Here are a few reasons that your SAT score release may have been delayed:

    Your score improvement was too large:

    If you’re retaking the SAT and end up raising your score by over 200 points in a section, or 400 points total, the College Board may double check your test for cheating. That kind of score improvement can happen (we’ve seen it!) but it’s pretty rare, so they may be taking a second look, just in case.

    You were reported for cheating:

    Maybe you did an especially dramatic eye roll during the test and someone thought you were sneaking a peek at their answers. If you weren’t cheating, everything should work out fine and your scores will just be delayed a little – but if you did cheat, it’s possible that your score will be canceled.

    Something was off with your test administration:

    The College Board has very strict rules about how the SAT is supposed to be administered. If your proctor didn’t follow the standard protocol, your SAT score release could be delayed until the College Board sorts things out.

    Your registration had some errors:

    At the beginning of the test, you’re asked to bubble in a whole bunch of information about yourself, for registration purposes. If you bubbled anything in this section incorrectly, the College Board may be having trouble finding you.

    The College Board is running behind:

    It happens! 😛

If you haven’t received your scores on time, the best thing to do is call the College Board and find out what’s up.

To contact the College Board from the United States, call: (866) 756-7346
For their international line, call: (212) 713-7789

What should I do if my SAT score isn’t good enough?

Don’t stress, you’ve got options!

    Retake the SAT:

    Just make sure to study first — we’ve got you covered!

    Try the ACT:

    Maybe your skill set is better suited for the ACT. Take our free SAT or ACT quiz to find out!

    Compensate with your other strengths:

    You’re more than just your SAT score! You can also impress schools with a consistently high GPA, interesting extracurriculars, glowing letters of recommendation, a strong application, and a good in-person interview. So many options!

    Look into test-optional colleges:

    More and more colleges are realizing that standardized test scores give an unfair advantage to privileged students and that your academic record is a better measure of your potential success…right now over 800 schools don’t require test scores!

    Find a school where your score IS good enough:

    There are tons of great schools out there that are happy to admit students with a below average score…you’re only a quick Google away from finding out which schools accept students with a SAT score range you currently fall into.

Where do I find my SAT score?

You can access your SAT scores online through your College Board account. If you don’t have an account yet, learn how to create one here. Easy enough!

What is a good SAT score?

A good SAT score depends on where you want to go to college!

All you need to do is find out the score range for your school of choice, and aim for the 75th percentile of that range — if you can score around the top 25% of what admitted students are averaging, you’ll have a good shot at acceptance.

Should I retake the SAT?

If you think you could score significantly better the second time around, you may want to retake the SAT.

And we can help you! If you’re already a premium Magoosh SAT student, then you’re eligible for our 150 point score guarantee, and probably a free retake extension. Email help@magoosh.com to get more information.

Not a Magoosh student yet? No problem. We offer online prep for the new (March 2016) version of the SAT. We’ve helped thousands of students improve their test scores, and we’d love to help you, too.

Still have questions?

You’re probably not alone. Leave us a comment below, and we’ll do our best to answer! 🙂

About Molly Kiefer

Molly is one of Magoosh’s Content Creators. She designs Magoosh’s graphic assets, manages our YouTube channels and podcasts, and contributes to the Magoosh High School Blog.

Since 2014, Molly has tutored high school and college students preparing for the SAT, GRE, and LSAT. She began her tutoring journey while in undergrad, helping her fellow students master math, computer programming, Spanish, English, and Philosophy.

Molly graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a B.A. in Philosophy, and she continues to study ethics to this day. An artist at heart, Molly loves blogging, making art, taking long walks and serving as personal agent to her cat, who is more popular on Instagram than she is.

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