Sending Scores to Colleges
This information refers to the current SAT and is in effect through the January 2016 test date. Get information about the redesigned SAT, which starts March 2016.
How students can send their SAT scores to colleges and scholarship programs
Most colleges and universities require official score reports sent from the College Board (rather than copies of online score reports or score report labels on transcripts).
Ordering official score reports
Your students can specify up to four colleges or scholarship programs to receive their scores as part of their test registration. They can also send scores to other colleges and scholarship programs by ordering additional score reports (this links to the student section of the site) online, by mail, or by phone. Fee-waiver eligible students can order four additional reports at no cost, as explained below.
Important information about score reports
Counselors should make sure that students are aware of the following:
- Only score reports from completed and scored tests will be sent. Students can only send scores that appear next to test dates on their SAT Status page. Scores from future tests for which they have registered, but have not yet completed, will not be included.
- Scores are delivered approximately five weeks after we receive their request.
- Only the scores from test dates that students select through Score Choice will be reported to institutions. If a student decides not to use Score Choice, all scores will be sent automatically.
- Students cannot request to send separate scores for critical reading or mathematics or writing.
- SAT rush reporting is available for an additional fee. Rush scores are sent two business days after a request is received. Remind your students to check with the institutions before requesting this service; not all colleges can accept rush reporting.
Flexible score reports students eligible for free waivers
Students who are eligible to use free waivers can send up to four additional flexible score reports at no charge as part of the SAT Fee-Waiver Service. These additional score reports:
- Can be used while the student is in high school
- Can be ordered at registration or at any time after a student takes an SAT Program test
- Can be used by eligible students even if they previously registered for the SAT or SAT Subject Tests without using a fee waiver
Only four flexible score reports for fee waiver-eligible students can be used during the student's testing lifetime, regardless of the number of times a student registers. These fee-waiver services do not apply to rush fees for expedited score reports.
Using the flexible score reports
Students should determine how many credits are left before placing orders. They can do this in two ways:
- Go online to My SAT. The number of flexible score reports appears automatically if students have previously registered for the SAT or Subject Tests using an SAT fee waiver.
- Obtain a fee waiver from the counselor. Call Customer Service (this link goes to the student section of this website) and provide their fee-waiver code along with registration information from their most recent test date.
Students can request older scores by downloading the Archived Score Report Order Form and completing each section.
Fees for reporting archived scores
Additional notes about older SAT scores
- Official score reports that are sent to colleges five or more years after a test date are accompanied by a message explaining that they may be less valid predictors of college academic performance than more recent scores.
- All SAT Program test scores for tests taken on or after April 1, 1995, are reported on a recentered scale. An "R" next to students' scores will indicate this.