How SATs Work

When Will I Know My SAT Scores?

In most cases, your score report (containing your most recent scores, score ranges and percentiles, ID information, personal and college profiles and other information you provided by agreeing to participate in the Student Search Service) is mailed about three weeks after you take the test. If you requested that your score(s) be sent to colleges or scholarship programs, a report will be sent to them within that same period of time. If you listed your high school code number on the Registration Form, your high school will also receive a copy. (For an extra fee -- see fees, above -- you can get your scores by phone.) If you have not received your score report eight weeks after your test, send the College Board an email that includes your name, date of birth, mailing address, test date and your registration number.

Can I Take the SAT Again?

You can re-take the SATs but you should think carefully before you cancel scores since, once canceled, scores cannot be reinstated or reported to you or your designated colleges or universities. If you finished the test but are sure you did poorly, you can cancel the score by asking the test supervisor for a Request to Cancel Test Scores form. Complete the form immediately and return it to the supervisor before you leave the room. If you decide after you've left the test center to cancel, you must do so in writing to the College Board in Princeton, N.J., by the following Wednesday. (See their Web site for the address.)


Another important consideration: You must cancel all scores for that test date. This means if you took SAT II Subject Tests, you must cancel scores from all of the subject tests you took on that date. If you erase all responses to an individual Subject Test, it will be considered a request for cancellation, and scores from all tests taken that day will be canceled as well.

If this seems like a lot to consider, remember that most colleges and universities don't have a specific SAT cutoff for admission. (Most now report scores of only the middle 50 percent of entering first-year students.) There are many good schools that are eager to get to know you, and your application, test scores, academic record, extracurricular activities, recommendations and interviews will all be considered in that decision!

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