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Test-Takers in 8th Grade and Below

Helping younger students take the SAT®

Anyone may take the SAT®, regardless of age. Some restrictions do apply, however, to students in 8th grade and below.

No permanent scores unless requested

If a student tests in the 8th grade or below, the scores are purged at the end of the testing year. Students can ask to preserve their scores as part of their permanent record if they choose. Tell them to submit a request in writing:

  • Before the end of June of the year in which they tested
  • Including full name, registration number, and test date
  • Addressed to:
    The College Board SAT Program
    Attention: Talent Search Scores
    P.O. Box 025505
    Miami, FL 33102

Registration and ID Requirements

Students in 8th grade or below are not required to provide their photo during registration and should not do so.

Due to Internet privacy laws, students younger than 13 years of age cannot register online. Give them the Student Registration Guide for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests (available download) so they can complete the paper Registration Form. Students are given complete explanations of our test security requirements online and in the Student Registration Guide.

Test-takers in the 8th grade or below are still required to have an acceptable ID to enter the test center. If they are testing for Talent Search purposes, they may present a valid Talent Search ID Form (no photo required). Otherwise, however, they are required to present a photo ID.

Talent identification students

Students testing as part of a talent search program need to submit additional documentation along with their Registration Form—this can only be done by mail. Some talent search programs provide customized test center lists to their applicants as well. Visit the individual program sites for more information:

Customized Entry Pages

Related Materials

Go to the SAT Downloads and Materials Ordering page to view and print these and other related materials:

  • Anticipated SAT Administration Dates 2013-2015
  • The Paper Registration Guide for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests
  • This Is Your SAT
  • SAT Program Student Brochure, U.S. edition
  • SAT Program Student Brochure, International edition
  • SAT Code List, U.S. version
  • SAT Code List, International version
  • Counselor's Guide to SAT Program Fee Waivers

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