Registering for the Test
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.
Online, mail, and phone registration resources for the SAT®
To protect the validity and fairness of the SAT and SAT Subject Tests, students will be prompted to provide an acceptable photo with their registration for all SAT exams. The photo that students provide will become part of their Admission Ticket, and will be available to the students’ high schools. In the event of an investigation involving the validity of a student's test scores, the photo may be made available to institutions to which the student has sent test scores. Any college that is granted access to a student's photo will first be required to certify that the student has been admitted. Note: Students are not required to provide a photo if they are in the 8th grade or below.
Photos must be properly focused with a full-face view, be clearly identifiable as the student, and match the student's appearance on test day. If a photo is not easily recognizable as the student, we cannot admit the student to the test center. Students can use an exisiting digital photo, scan in a school picture or passport-type picture, or take a new picture with a digital camera or smart phone. They can upload a photo from a device or from Facebook.
- An assigned test center seat
- An Admission Ticket—by Web, email, or postal mail
- Up to four score reports sent to colleges and scholarship services
Registration is easy. Help your students choose the best registration method:
- Online registration is the fastest, most accurate method. It gives immediate confirmation of the test center seat and access to an online Admission Ticket for corrections and reprinting.
- Mail registration is sometimes required. Students who provide an email address on the form will receive tickets by email only. Paper registrants who do not provide an email address or who indicate on the form that they want to receive a paper ticket as well will continue to receive an Admission Ticket in the mail.
- Phone registration is offered for retaking the test. A fee applies. Only students who have a previous registration in the system can register by phone.
No matter how students register, they will be required to specify their high school, date of birth, sex, and grade level. Online registrations cannot be completed without this information, and paper registrations will be returned unprocessed if any of this information is missing. Registrations will not be processed without a photo unless the student is exempt. If you are advising international students, please ensure that they know to fill in every field marked "REQUIRED FIELD" on the form. Incomplete forms are not processed, and will be returned to the student. Tips for both domestic and international paper registration are available for download .
Late Registration Deadlines
Students registering in the United States and U.S. territories can register late, for a fee (fee waivers can be used for late registration without charge).
With your help, the College Board provides fee waivers to more than 500,000 students every year. Learn more about the SAT Fee-Waiver Service (select the "Fee-Waiver Service" tab), including understanding eligibility guidelines, obtaining materials, helping students register with fee waivers and how the College Board has expanded its services to these students.
The SAT Program offers numerous downloadable resources including registration, dates, and fee-waiver information that will help you assist your students to register for the test. Many of these materials are also mailed to your school in late summer.