Alternate Test Dates

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When unexpected, school-sanctioned events conflict with SAT test days, school officials can request an alternate test date.

Students who expect to participate in competitions that conflict with an SAT administration date should register for one of the six other dates available.

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Alternate Test Date Criteria

The SAT Program will consider granting an alternate test date when the following criteria are met:

  1. The conflicting event must be unexpected. Regularly scheduled sporting events or previously scheduled school activities, such as a prom, are not considered unexpected. An event such as an academic or athletic competition, in which students have advanced through the competition or into postseason competition, can be considered an unexpected event.
  2. The group with a conflicting event must be school sanctioned. School clubs, teams, or class groups are school sanctioned, whereas private clubs or recreational sports programs are not considered school sanctioned.
  3. The students involved in the event must have been registered for the SAT test date in question prior to learning of the conflict.
  4. The students involved must be in grade 10 or above.

Other Restrictions

  • Schools may request no more than two alternate test dates during a school year. SAT honoraria or reimbursement of building expenses are not offered for alternate test date administrations.
  • Alternate test dates can only be offered to students who were registered for the SAT or SAT Subject Tests before the conflict arose.
  • Students in grades nine and below are not eligible for an alternate test date.
  • Students and parents should not contact the College Board independently. They must work through their schools to make arrangements. (They may be charged a separate fee for changing registration information.)

What Students and Parents Should Know

  • Students testing on makeup and alternate test dates will have delayed access to online copies of their essays, if applicable.
  • The Question-and-Answer Service is not offered for makeup or alternate day tests.
  • Only school officials can request an alternate test date.

How to Make a Request

  1. Submit a request signed by the principal on school letterhead. We must receive your request no later than 10 working days before the regular SAT test date.
  2. Explain the nature of the conflict in full.
  3. Include the regular SAT test date for which an alternate test date is needed and the alternate date you propose to administer the SAT. The alternate date must fall within the week following the regular SAT test date.
  4. Include a list of students with their registration numbers and test types (including SAT with Essay, SAT, Subject Tests, and Language with Listening Subject tests) for the SAT administration.
  5. Indicate any approved accommodations, such as 50 percent extended time.
  6. Provide your contact information, including email address.
  7. Fax your request to 609-771-7710 (Attention: Alternate Test Date Request). You can also mail it to SAT Program Alternate Test Date Request, P.O. Box 6200, Princeton, NJ 08541-6200.