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SAT Testing Updates

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Trying to make your SAT testing plan? We’ve put together recent information about the SAT, including test dates and registration deadline for 2022-2023, and other developments.


Registration for the fall 2022 SAT is open now; registration for spring 2023 test dates will be open in the fall.

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How to Register for the SAT

It’s important to register for the SAT as soon as possible. The College Board recommends that high school juniors take the SAT for the first time during the spring of junior year so that they will have time to take the test again in the fall if they want to try to improve their scores. Many students take the SAT at the beginning of junior year. Here are some tips for registering for the SAT.

  1. Register online. Registering on the College Board website is 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Pay your fees or apply for a fee waiver. Fees for the 2022-2023 SAT are $60. 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 website
  4. Submit a photo. You must submit a photo of yourself with your SAT registration. You'll find photo submission guidelines on the College Board website. If your photo doesn't meet the requirements, you may not be allowed to test.


Test center capacity may continue to be limited in certain areas due to social distancing guidelines and unexpected closures of test sites. If you are unable to register for a specific test date, the 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.

If you cancel your SAT registration or change test center locations for your own personal reasons on or before your test day, you'll receive a full refund of your registration fee but you will be charged a cancellation or change fee of $25. Visit the CollegeBoard website for a complete list of SAT fees and refund policies.


Fee waivers are available to students who cannot afford to pay the SAT registration fee. Visit the College Board website for details about obtaining and using SAT fee waivers and how to qualify. Students who qualify for a fee waiver can use it on up to two SAT tests and receive additional benefits, such as no cancellation or late registration fees, waived application fees at participating colleges, and free use of the CSS Profile financial aid form. 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.


College Board and Khan Academy® provide free SAT prep resources online, including full-length practice tests.


  • Some test centers may require students to wear face masks during the entire test. Check with your test center’s website to find out its masking policy.

  • Students must practice social distancing at all times.

  • Students will be asked COVID screening questions prior to entering the test center or testing room.

  • Students who feel sick on test day should stay home and will not be charged a change or cancellation fee.


Your test scores will be available online about two to three weeks after you take the test. 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.


The College Board no longer offers the essay section of the SAT or the SAT Subject Tests. According to the College Board’s blog, it made this change to reduce demands on students preparing for college. It also stated that students can sufficiently demonstrate subject-matter expertise in the Advanced Placement exams and writing skills in the SAT's Writing and Language portion of the test.


Registering for and taking the SAT may continue to be unpredictable, but keep in mind that a record number of colleges will be test optional for the 2022-2023 admissions year. Others are continuing to be flexible with test-score submission deadlines. Be sure to confirm testing requirements for any college you’re applying to.


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