International students and the SAT
Last year, over 200,000 students took SAT® Program tests in over 175 countries outside the U.S. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests™ are offered overseas six times a year: in October, November, December, January, May, and June.
International test takers can choose from more than 1,000 international test centers listed online in the Student area of the website. A list of international test centers is also provided in the international edition of the The SAT Codelist, International Edition. Occasionally, supplementary test centers are opened on request where and when necessary. In most countries, students living more than 121 km (75 mi) from the nearest test center can request that we open a test center closer to their home.
See the list of SAT International Representatives who distribute test materials to test centers and students in the Middle East/North Africa, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe.
Special support services available
The College Board's International Education (IE) Office, located in Washington, D.C., maintains strong contacts with counselors and administrators serving American schools overseas and with educational advisors attached to U.S. embassies worldwide.
IE provides training, publications, and communication linkages in support of student access to U.S. higher education from other countries. It also works closely with the SAT Program and the SAT International Services Program on issues related to testing overseas.
Help your students answer these frequently asked questions about college admission:
- How do foreign students learn whether the same testing requirements at a U.S. institution apply to them as they do for students in the United States? The College Board's Annual Survey of Colleges and Universities includes a section on special admission requirements for foreign students. The survey is sent annually to the responsible officer at each institution. The Board publishes this information in
- Will American colleges contact international test-takers?
About 54 percent of international students complete the SAT questionnaire and indicate their interest in receiving application information from colleges and scholarship agencies. Colleges can identify these students through the Student Search Service®.
Costs for students to test overseas
- Students are charged an additional international processing fee for extra services that ensure the same standards of quality, service, shipping, and security for the international administrations as pertain in the United States. DHL express mail service ensures rapid delivery of test materials and answer sheets to and from the testing sites.
- Because of the extraordinary security measures required in India and Pakistan there is an additional surcharge for testing in those countries.
- In addition, students testing in Canada must pay GST/HST 13141-4468RT, and students testing in Quebec must pay QST on GST. Students testing in Europe should include VAT.
Restrictions apply to registering and taking the SAT in some areas of the world. Be sure to notify your students of these restrictions and help them get started on the process of registering as early as possible. In some cases, they may need to apply by mail or through an SAT International Representative.
SAT fee waivers are available to U.S. citizens whose family meets the income guidelines, and to non-U.S. citizens who test within the United States, U.S. territories, or Puerto Rico. Fee waivers cover the testing fee, the international processing fee, and, if applicable, the additional surcharge for testing in India or Pakistan.
Preparing for the SAT
Send students to the sat.collegeboard.org/practice for practice questions, a free official practice test, and affordable test preparation resources.