College Admission Exams

A-Z: The SAT in Ohio

The University of Akron, Zane State College, and 178 other Ohio colleges and universities accept the SAT. So do thousands more across the country.​

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The College Board and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) have partnered to let districts and community schools choose the SAT as the state-funded college admission test for juniors.

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The College Board and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) are exploring options to provide a fall SAT School Day administration as a makeup for students who were not able to test in spring 2020 due to school closures. More information about this opportunity will be available soon from ODE.

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Two Administrations, Two Formats, One Choice

Choose an administration that meets your schedule and technology capabilities.

Districts can choose digital or paper testing for all schools in their district. For both digital and paper, all testing (primary, accommodated, and makeup) will take place in spring 2021.

March: Paper or digital testing is available. Schools administer the standard paper SAT on a single date but can administer the standard digital SAT during a testing window. Test questions and answers aren't disclosed after testing.

March Testing Dates
Date Event
March 3, 2021 Paper primary test day
March 3-5, 2021 Digital primary testing window
March 3-16, 2021 Paper and digital accommodated testing window for students with certain accommodations
March 24, 2021 Paper makeup test day
March 24-26, 2021 Digital makeup testing window

April: You can choose either paper or digital testing. Schools administer the standard paper SAT on a single date but can administer the standard digital SAT during a testing window. Test questions and answers are disclosed after testing for students that test on April 13.

April Testing Dates
Date Event
April 13, 2021 Paper primary test day
April 13–15, 2021 Digital primary testing window
April 13-26, 2021 Paper and digital accommodated testing window for students with certain accommodations
April 27, 2021 Paper makeup test day
April 27-29, 2021 Digital makeup testing window
Spring 2020-21 Ohio SAT School Day Administration—Key Dates*
*Dates are tentative and will be updated as they become available.
Activity Mode March Administration April Administration
Deadline for surveys that establish schools for testing and identify testing staff and mode choice Paper and Digital October 2020 October 2020
Overview webinar available Paper and Digital October 2020 October 2020
Accommodations and supports webinar available Paper and Digital December 2020 December 2020
List of approved word-to-word glossaries available on www.collegeboard.org/Ohio Paper and Digital December 2020 December 2020
Test coordinator receives attending institution (AI) code, test date, and mode confirmation Paper and Digital December 2020 December 2020
Deadline to submit off-site testing plans Paper and Digital March 4–17 April 14–27
Bulk registration access codes sent to bulk registration coordinator Paper and Digital January 2021 January 2021
Bulk registration webinar available Paper and Digital January 2021 January 2021
State-allowed accommodations (SAA) request window opens Paper and Digital January 2021 January 2021
English Learner 50% extended time window opens Paper and Digital January 2021 January 2021
Online coordinator training available Paper and Digital January 2021 February 2021
Deadline to submit first bulk registration file Paper and Digital January 2021 February 2021
Deadline to submit accommodations requests Paper and Digital January 2021 February 2021
Coordinators given access to TIDE Digital January 2021 February 2021
Coordinator's planning kit arrives Paper January 2021 February 2021
Translated test directions will be available for printing on www.collegeboard.org/Ohio Paper and Digital February 2021 February 2021
Preadministration materials and pre-ID labels arrive Paper February 2021 March 2021
Digital materials arrive Digital February 2021 March 2021
Nonstandard Administration Report (NAR) is available Paper and Digital February 2021 March 2021
Test materials arrive Paper and Digital February 2021 April 2021
Deadline to submit additional bulk registration file(s) Digital Email will be sent to bulk registration coordinators and district assessment coordinators with date Email will be sent to bulk registration coordinators and district assessment coordinators with date
Primary test date Paper March 3 April 13
Primary testing window Digital March 3-5 April 13-15
Deadline to order makeup materials Paper March 5 April 15
Accommodated testing window for students designated on the NAR Paper and Digital March 3-16 April 13-26
Primary test date Paper March 24 April 27
Primary testing window Digital March 24-26 April 27-29
Scores are released Paper and Digital April 2021 May 2021

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Fact: Your students already know the SAT. Many Ohio students are familiar with the SAT because they took the PSAT/NMSQT in 2018-19, when over 90,000 students took the PSAT/NMSQT. They can access world-class, personalized practice through Khan Academy® to get ready for the SAT—for free.

Fact: All Ohio public colleges and universities accept the SAT. According to the 2019-20 Ohio Public University Guide, all public colleges and universities accept the SAT for their college entrance exam requirement as well as 166 private institutions.

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Digital testing is available for the primary test dates, accommodated testing window, and the makeup dates. Digital testing is delivered using the Cambium Assessment, Incorporated (CAI) Test Delivery System (formerly American Institutes for Research®), which Ohio districts are already familiar with.

Learn more about administering the SAT digitally.

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Making sure that students with disabilities can test with accommodations is important to us. Students who need to take the SAT using accommodated materials or other accommodations must be approved to do so by Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).

All requests are considered. To use accommodations, students must be approved in SSD Online.

Setting Up an Account

SSD coordinators oversee aspects of the SAT administration for students testing with accommodations.

SSD coordinators use SSD Online to request accommodations for students. To access the system, they must:

  • Have a College Board professional account.
  • Complete the SSD Coordinator Form (.pdf/215 KB). If you have multiple SSD coordinators, each needs to fill out a separate form.
  • Get an access code to link their SSD Online account to their College Board professional account (first time only). It takes one to two days to receive the access code.

You can submit requests for accommodations once you receive your school's attending institution (AI) and SSD Online access codes, and you've established your SSD coordinator(s).

Accommodations Requests

The College Board uses a new streamlined process for requesting testing accommodations for students. School staff know their students best, and we want to cut down on time and paperwork.

Most students approved for testing accommodations at their school through a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan have those same accommodations automatically approved for SAT School Day.

All accommodations requests are submitted through SSD Online. There are two types of requests:

  • College Board accommodations: Students with College Board-approved accommodations receive scores that can be reported to colleges. Once approved for accommodations, a student remains approved for all College Board tests, with limited exceptions.
  • State-allowed accommodations (SAA): These are state-specific accommodations defined by the ODE. Students, schools, and the state receive scores. Please note scores aren’t valid for college admission or for Ohio remediation free scores. These accommodations apply to state testing only and must be requested for each state administration.

Students who use accommodations for other state testing must still secure accommodations for the SAT through the SSD approval process.

Contact SSD

Email SSD or call 855-373-6387.

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English learners can use word-to-word bilingual glossaries, translated test directions, and 50% extended time during SAT School Day.

Learn more about English learner supports.

Updated translated test directions for both the paper and digital SAT will be available in February 2021.

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Word-to-Word Glossaries for the SAT Suite of Assessments

A list of College Board-approved glossaries for student use during test administrations.

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Test Coordinator and SSD Coordinator Resources

Webinars and Training Modules

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Hall and Room Monitor Training

Optional training test coordinators can give to hall and room monitors.

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Ohio SAT School Day Implementation Module (Digital Testing):
General information about digital testing for Ohio SAT School Day. Coming in fall 2020.

Ohio SAT School Day Implementation Module (Paper Testing):
General information about paper testing for Ohio SAT School Day. Coming in fall 2020.

Manuals—Coming January 2021

Get manuals and resources for digital testing.

Other Resources for Coordinators

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Ohio Student ID Form

Students who do not have government- or school-issued IDs may use this form.

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80 MB

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Guide to Accessing the Nonstandard Administration Report (NAR)

A one-page guide instructing states and districts how to access the list of all students with approved accommodations.

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SAT School Day Testing Staff Agreement

A form for testing staff to review and sign before administering tests.

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Additional Resources

Here's a sample of other educator resources created to support an SAT School Day administration:

Find more resources for K–12 educators

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Questions? Want more about the SAT in Ohio? Email us.

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