When and How to Register by Mail

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You need to register for the SAT Subject Tests by mail (also known as paper registration) if you are:

What You'll Need

Depending on your reason for registering by mail, you might need to include other items along with your registration form (like a fee waiver card).

Check the links above.

Student Registration Guide

To register by mail, ask your counselor for the Student Registration Guide for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests. It comes with a registration form and return envelope.


When you fill out the form, you’ll need a College Board code for your high school (or the home-school code, 970000) and your test center. You might also need codes for the colleges you want to send scores to, your intended college major, and your country.

You can also find codes for test centers, college majors, colleges and scholarships, and countries in these downloads:

Or ask your school counselor for the code list.

Photo Requirements

You must include a recent photo with your paper registration form. This photo will become part of your Admission Ticket, and test center staff will compare it to your photo ID to ensure security on test day.

Learn how to choose an acceptable photo and how to send it in.

Avoid Processing Delays

You must complete every field shaded in red and marked "Required" on the paper registration form. Incomplete forms and forms with errors will not be processed—and you might not be allowed to take the SAT Subject Tests on the date you chose.

If required information is missing, your form will be returned to you to complete and resubmit. Here are some common reasons this might happen:

  • You failed to provide information in the fields designated as “Required” on the form.
  • You didn’t include payment.
  • You submitted insufficient payment or a payment that could not be processed.
  • You requested Sunday testing or opening a test center closer to home without enclosing the required letter.

Can I Register by Phone?

Only if you’re retaking the test and have a previous registration in the system. A fee applies. 


Download these PDFs for more help:

SAT Paper Registration Tips for U.S. Students (.pdf/64KB)
SAT Paper Registration Tips for International Students (.pdf/79KB)