How to send SAT scores to colleges
Updated on Nov 21, 2016 - 12:22 p.m. IST by Manashjyoti

How to send SAT scores to colleges:
If you are applying to study in USA at the undergraduate level, most top universities expect you to give proof of your college readiness. One way of doing that is by appearing in the SAT test, which is owned by College Board. The SAT test evaluates the skills and knowledge acquired at high school. Meanwhile, the SAT Subject tests evaluate your strength and interests in specific subjects. A common question students have regarding the test is related to SAT scores: how to send SAT scores, are there free options to send SAT scores to colleges, and what if one wishes to send additional scores?


In this article, we address these concerns related to sending SAT scores to colleges with a little introduction on registering for the test. Read on.

SAT Registration/Sign in process

  1. Visit the College Board website, click SAT

  2. Click on the ‘Register Now’ box

  3. If you are a new user, complete the registration using ‘Sign up’ option. If you are an old user, simply log in.

  4. Complete your profile by filling in all the required details

  5. Create a unique user name and password

  6. Provide your full, legal name and other identifying information. Be careful to ensure that the information you share is same as is displayed on your photo ID.

  7. Choose either of the two options: ‘SAT with Essay’ or ‘SAT without Essay’.

  8. Upload your photo

  9. Get a print out of your Admission Ticket and check out.

Receiving Official SAT scores


SAT scores sent to your College Board Account


If you have registered for SAT online or have a College Board Account, you will receive your scores in that account. You will though need to sign into your online score report; an email telling you how to sign in would be sent to your account once the scores are ready.


It takes SAT anywhere between 4 and 5 weeks to dispatch SAT scores to your account and the colleges you have chosen to receive your scores. Also, colleges generally receive SAT scores a day in advance before you receive them.


Paper SAT scores sent to students who don't have College Board Account

If you do not have a College Board Account because you are registered by mail, in that case you will receive paper SAT score reports. You can even get the scores by calling the customer service, but you have to pay separate fee to avail this facility.


Alternately, if you have an online account but yet would like to receive paper score reports, you have to place a request for it at the time of registration.


Receiving Scores by Phone

You may also opt to receive SAT scores by phone the day the result is released. To get your score by phone, call Customer Service.

You will need your test registration number (printed on your Admission Ticket), your birth date, a credit card number and the expiration date of the card while requesting for this service.


Sending SAT Scores: With or without additional fee

There are two ways of sending SAT scores to universities:


Send SAT Scores to colleges (without additional fee)


Top universities around the world, including the US, UK or Australia, require that College Board directly send SAT scores to colleges. Consequently, copies of online score reports or score reports labels on transcripts are not accepted.


You can ask College Board to send SAT Scores either:

  • Before Test Day

  • After Test Day

Before Test Day: At the time of registration, you are provided options to send FREE SAT scores to FOUR colleges and scholarship programmes. You can opt for this option, which also happens to be the fastest if you want to create an early impression on the admissions panel about your intent and interest in the programme.


After Test Day: It may happen that when you appeared for the SAT test, you did not have any particular university or scholarship programme in mind; you simply wanted to test your English readiness. In such a scenario, you are unlikely to use your FREE options available at the time of SAT registration


But, what if after you have appeared for the SAT test, you see an opportunity and want to apply for it. College Board allows you to send scores to FOUR colleges free of cost up to nine days after the SAT test date.


Send SAT scores to colleges (with additional fee)


After nine days, you have to pay a fee to send SAT scores to colleges

If you want to send your SAT scores to colleges nine days after the test or to more than four colleges, you have to pay a fee.


Services and Fees to send SAT scores to colleges




Registration score reports


Four registration score reports available up to 9 days after test date


Additional score report request


Reports (over and above the four free options),

or score reports ordered outside of the above time period



Scores by phone

Scores by phone are sent at the same time as online scores.

(This includes sending scores to colleges)



(per call)

SAT Score Sending Option: Score Choice

If you want flexibility while sending SAT scores to colleges, you may use the Score Choice option. Using this option you have a say regarding the SAT scores you want to send to colleges.

You may send

  • SAT Scores to colleges by test date

  • SAT Scores by individual test for Subject tests

Some of the highlights of the Score Choice option include

  • It can be used to send any SAT score to colleges online or by phone. The only criterion is the tests should already be scored.
  • You do not have to pay any additional fee.
  • You can send any or all of the reports to a college in a single report.
  • When sending SAT scores to colleges using Score Choice, you are not allowed to send section scores from different test dates. For example, you are not allowed to send your Math score from one test day and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score from another test day.

What if one does not use the Score Choice option?

If you do not use the Score Choice, all your SAT scores will be sent to colleges that you have chosen. So, the final judgment of your scores will be made by the admissions committee as to which scores to ignore or pick.


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the cutoff for qualifying was40% in both sat,mat in sat i have scored 48 and in mat 40 but i have not been selected why when i have scored 40%in both?

vignesh 21st Feb, 2020

Dear Daniyel,

Both the SAT and the MAT exams that you have taken are strictly percentile based.

Applicants appeared for the exams would have got more percentile that yours and that would be the reason for your rejection.

However you can take the exam in the next session and try scoring a percentile of more than 85 which may be a better chance to get qualified.

Best of luck.


hi sir jee 2020 my percentel home state Karnataka . sc category wide i want computer science course seat in you college pl send me answer.

Singampalli sai rahul Student Expert 14th Feb, 2020
Hello aspirant,

Based on your percentile score and cadte I will list out the top colleges in which you can get a seat in CSE Branch-

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What is the difference between subject SAT test and General SAT ???If one has to give SAT for biology what will be the syllabus ???

hrithik jain 10th Feb, 2020


The main and the biggest difference is that General SAT tests for the general Knowledge and critical reasoning while SAT subject test your knowledge in specific areas say: biology, math etc.

Also, General SAT is around 3 hours paper whereas, SAT subject is a 1 hour paper. General SAT is offered for around 7 times a year and SAT Subject is offered for like 6 times a year that too, depending on the subject (date wise).

There are two test for SAT Biology- Biology (E) and Biology (M), you cannot take both of them on the same date. (E) stands for Ecological and (M) for Molecular. The syllabus topics are as follows:

1. Cellular and Molecular Biology- 15%(E) and 27%(M)

2. Ecology - 23%(E) and 13%(M)

3. Genetics - 15%(E) and 20%(M)

4. Organismal Biology- 25%(E) and 25%(M)

5.  Evolution and Diversity - 22%(E) 15%(M )

*Consider these figures to be approximate and cross check before finalizing.


Can I get admission into IIT or NIT based on my SAT subject test scores?? if so how to apply for it???

Koyel Bagchi 8th Feb, 2020


No iit or nit can not accepts sat.

Because the majority of students are selects here through jee not by their talents. Even if the pattern of jee is changed then also it is not similar as sat.

Hope it helps you.

Thank you.


I am going to complete my 11th standard in March 2020.Then can I write SAT exam in the month of June 2020.

AnkiT KunwaR 3rd Feb, 2020
Hello Aspirant,

Basically there is no eligibility criteria specifically for SAT 2020. Generally candidates can opt for the exam in their junior or senior years of high school (Indian Grades 11th or 12th), to be precise, aspirants are roughly between 17 or 18 years of age.

So, you will be eligible for SAT 2020.

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