It's a good idea to plan ahead—and get comfy—before you start to register.
- Determine which administration you plan to take. See the full SAT schedule.
- Sign in to your free College Board account. Your parent or counselor can't register for you.
- Provide your full, legal name and other identifying information. Make sure it’s the exact same name and information shown on your photo ID.
- Decide if you want to answer other questions about yourself. This takes time, but it’s worth it if you want colleges and scholarship organizations to find you. Learn why you should opt in to Student Search Service®.
- Decide whether to sign up for the SAT with Essay. See which colleges recommend or require it.
- Explore test center locations and dates for when you can take the SAT.
- Upload a photo that meets very specific photo requirements.
- Check out, and print your Admission ticket.
Note: Online SAT registration can take up to 30 minutes to complete, but you can start your registration process and come back to finish it later.
When Should You Take the SAT?
The SAT can be taken any time in your freshman year, but most students take it for the first time in the spring of their junior year as well as retake it in the fall of their senior year. Plan ahead and find a test center near you. Or watch this video for tips on creating a timeline that works for you
You Might Also Need ...
- If you’re using a fee waiver, enter the identification number on your fee waiver card.
- If you’ve been approved by the College Board to test with accommodations, enter the SSD number on your eligibility letter.
- If you’re home-schooled, enter 970000 when asked for a high school code.
Do You Need to Register by Mail?
In some situations, students need to mail us a paper registration form instead of signing up online. Find out if you need to register by mail.