February 22, 2019

How Do I Register For the SAT?

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Registering for the SAT test sounds like it should be easy, but it’s actually a bit complicated and takes around 30 minutes to complete. If you make a mistake during the registration process, it could make it more difficult for you to get your chosen testing date. Here’s a closer look at how to register for the SAT properly.

Step One – Set up Your Account

Register for the SAT on the College Board website. If you do not have an account, go ahead and create one. Not only will this make your registration easier, but it will also let you track information about your test. After you create your account, you will be directed to the My SAT page, which has a button that says "Register for the SAT." If you have between 30 and 40 minutes to do the registration, click the button.

Step Two – Complete the questionnaire

The next step is the questionnaire. Here are the main parts you will be asked to complete:

  • Personal information: This information needs to be correct because it is what will connect the SAT test and your scores to you. You will need your Social Security number.
  • Demographics: This is used for testing statistics and does not play a role in college admissions.
  • Student profile: This information goes to colleges so they can decide to send you information. It does not impact if you can get into a college and takes a long time, so decide whether or not you will spend much time here. You can leave most of this blank if you wish.
  • Terms and Conditions: Here you are promising not to cheat on the SAT and that your information is accurate.
  • Select Testing Center: Choose the date and location that best fit your schedule.

Answer these questions to the best of your ability.

Step Three – Upload Your Photo

The College Board requires you to upload a photo of yourself. The photo needs to show your head and shoulders with your entire face clearly visible and square to the camera. It must be in focus and have no dark spots or shadows. You must be the only one in the picture.

The system allows you to navigate to Facebook to grab a photo or to upload an existing one from your computer. If needed, you can use a black-and-white photo.

Step Four – Pay the Fees

The cost for the SAT is $46 if you are not taking the Essay portion or $60 if you are taking the Essay portion. If you miss the registration deadline, which is a month before the test date, you will be charged a $29 late fee. If you miss the late registration date of 10 days before the test and sign up for the waitlist, and are able to get in on test day, you will pay an additional $49.

That is all it takes to register for the test. If you cannot register online, you can do so through the mail. Simply request the registration packet from your school. Once you are registered, start preparing for the SAT so you can get the score you want.

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