Score Reports and Best Practices

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Please encourage your students to send official score reports to colleges. The first four are free of charge if ordered as part of registration, and the information provided with official reports goes far beyond just the scores. Official score reports include:

  • Access to a copy of the SAT Essay
  • Student information from the SAT Questionnaire that colleges use for recruiting, advising, and placement decisions

Best Practices and Privacy

The SAT Program recommends that schools do not place SAT scores on school transcripts that are sent to colleges. This recommendation is consistent with other College Board programs (for example, AP and PSAT/NMSQT). Keeping SAT scores off transcripts helps:

  • Schools comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • Avoid any possible conflicts in which a school sends SAT scores that a student did not intend to report to a specific institution.

If your school still decides to send scores on a transcript, we recommend that you receive official consent from the student before doing so.

Learn more about how students can send their scores to colleges