Policies and Requirements

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A calculator and a No. 2 pencil aren’t the only things you need to bring with you on test day. You’ll also need your Admission Ticket and a photo ID. Make sure they meet requirements or you could be turned away.


International Students

You may have to meet additional requirements to register for or take the SAT if you are taking it outside of the United States. See policies listed by country.

Getting Into the Test Center on Test Day

Your name, other identifying info, and photo will be on your Admission Ticket. To make sure you are who you say you are, test center staff will compare it to your photo ID. You won’t be allowed to take the test if any of these things are true:

  • The first and last names—or any other information—on your Admission Ticket don’t match the information on your photo ID.
  • The photo does not meet photo requirements.
  • You submitted registration changes after the deadline.
  • You canceled your test registration before test day.

See the full list of identification requirements and policies.

Who Can’t Register Online

The quickest and easiest way to register is online, but some students have to mail in a completed paper registration form. This could mean you if:

  • You want to test closer to home or on a Sunday (for religious reasons).
  • You’re younger than 13, paying by check or money order, or can’t upload a digital photo.

Learn how to register by mail.

More About Names

You must supply your full, legal name when you register online or on paper. The name you supply will be displayed on your Admission Ticket and added to the student roster.

You are responsible for ensuring that the name you use to register exactly matches the name on the ID document(s) you will present at the test center. You won’t be admitted to the test center if any of the information doesn’t match. If you need to make a change to your name after registering, please contact Customer Service at least 30 days prior to your intended test date.

Middle names and initials are optional on your documents; however, if provided, the middle initial must exactly match the first letter of your middle name on your ID.

This might seem like a lot of talk about names, but you’d be surprised by how many questions we get about this very subject.