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Score Verification

The College Board has very careful and systematic quality control processes to ensure accuracy of your SAT Subject Tests scores. If you followed the guidelines for marking the answer sheet, it is unlikely that the scores you received are inaccurate.

However, if you believe the answer sheet scanning process did not produce an accurate score, you may request a multiple-choice hand score verification. This means that your entire answer sheet will be reviewed and checked by hand. If you took more than one Subject Test on that day, they will all be reviewed — you can’t choose just one.

Possible Outcomes

Scanning or Scoring Irregularity

If we find that you marked the answer sheet according to the guidelines but there was an irregularity in the scanning or scoring process, or both, your score may change. If this happens:

  • Your adjusted score is automatically reported to all your score recipients.
  • Your score verification fee is refunded.

Errors in Filling in the Answer Sheet

If we find that you made an obvious error in filling in the information on the answer sheet (for example, placing answers in the wrong section of the answer sheet or improperly recording the test identifying code), your score may change. If this happens:

  • Your adjusted score is automatically reported to all your score recipients.
  • Your score verification fee is not refunded.

Guidelines Not Followed

If we find that you did not use a No. 2 pencil or did not mark your answer sheet according to our guidelines, your score does not change, and your score verification fee is not refunded.

Examples of not following the guidelines include (but are not limited to): using slashes, not completely or darkly filling in the answer circles, or filling in multiple circles in the same answer row/column. For student-produced responses, only answers that are gridded will be scored; you will not receive credit for anything written in the boxes.

How to Request Score Verification

You can request a multiple-choice hand score verification up to five months after the test date by printing and completing a Request for SAT Score Verification form (.pdf/573.40KB). Read the information on the form carefully before deciding to request this service.

Important Things to Know

  • This is really important: Multiple-choice hand score verification may result in higher or lower scores than the scores first reported. Adjusted scores are final and will be reported to all score recipients, by letter.
  • The hand score verification process is performed only once per test, using all information available. If you have information that you think could affect the results of the verification process, report it to Customer Service at the same time that you submit the form.
  • Once hand score verification results are reported, they are final; you cannot appeal or reorder a hand score verification.
  • If you order hand score verification, you will no longer see the full My SAT Online Score Report and you will not have access to the Student Answer Service or Question-and-Answer Service (these two services are available for the SAT only, not SAT Subject Tests) for your hand scored answer sheet.
  • You must pay a fee for score verification. If you used a fee waiver to pay registration fees, the score verification fee will be reduced. The reduced fee is provided on the Request for SAT Score Verification form (.pdf.573.40KB).

We will mail you a letter confirming the results of your multiple-choice hand score verification within five weeks after we receive your signed request and payment.