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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Schools that are scheduled to test on paper will be able to use a May 18—Paper Only test date for this spring's 2021 state-funded SAT administration. Schools will receive a survey the week of April 26 to order test books for the May 18 date. Schools using the May 18 additional test date will receive their school data by June 11, 2021.

Schools not using the May 18 date will receive their data by May 24, 2021.

The May 18 date is designated for use only if schools were unable to test students within the existing test windows.

This is not intended for schools scheduled to test digitally.

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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.

New for Spring 2021: To provide additional flexibility, schools that choose March 3 as their primary test day or testing window can now use any of the makeup testing days or windows in both March and April.

March Testing Dates
Date Event
March 3, 2021 Paper primary test day
March 3–5, 2021 Digital primary testing window
March 3–16, 2021
March 24–April 6, 2021
April 13–26, 2021
April 27–29, 2021
Accommodated testing windows
March 24, 2021
April 13, 2021
April 27, 2021
Paper makeup test days
March 24–26, 2021
April 13–15, 2021
April 27–29, 2021
Digital makeup testing windows

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. Schools that choose April 13 as their primary test day or testing window can only use the April makeup test day or window.

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 November 9, 2020 November 9, 2020
Accommodations and supports webinar available Paper and Digital December 10, 2020 December 10, 2020
List of approved word-to-word dictionaries 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 11, 2020 December 11, 2020
Bulk registration webinar emailed to test coordinators Paper and Digital December 15, 2020 December 15, 2020
Deadline to submit off-site testing plans Paper and Digital December 18, 2020 December 18, 2020
Bulk registration access codes sent to bulk registration coordinator Paper and Digital January 4, 2021 January 4, 2021
State-allowed accommodations (SAA) request window opens Paper and Digital Week of January 11, 2021 Week of January 11, 2021
English Learner time and one half (+50% extended time) window opens Paper and Digital Week of January 11, 2021 Week of January 11, 2021
Online coordinator training available Paper and Digital Week of February 1, 2021 Week of March 1, 2021
Deadline to submit first bulk registration file Paper and Digital January 11, 2021 February 5, 2021
Deadline to submit accommodations requests Paper and Digital January 12, 2021 February 22, 2021
Coordinators given access to TIDE Digital Week of February 1, 2021 Week of March 1, 2021
Coordinator's planning kit arrives Paper Week of January 18, 2021 Week of March 1, 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 Week of February 8, 2021 Week of March 15, 2021
Materials to support digital testing Digital Week of February 8, 2021 Week of March 15, 2021
Nonstandard Administration Report (NAR) is available for primary test date Paper and Digital Week of February 1, 2021 Week of March 15, 2021
Paper test materials arrive Paper Week of March 15, 2021 Week of March 22, 2021
Deadline to submit additional bulk registration file(s) Digital Email sent on December 15, 2020 with deadlines Email sent on December 15, 2020 with deadlines
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 (for March 24 makeup)
March 26 (for April 13 makeup)
April 15 (for April 27 makeup)
April 15
Accommodated testing window for students designated on the NAR Paper and Digital March 3–16 April 13–26
Makeup accommodated testing windows for students designated on the NAR Paper and Digital March 24–April 6
April 13–26
April 27–29
April 27–29
Makeup testing dates Paper March 24
April 13
April 27
April 27
Makeup testing window(s) Digital March 24–26
April 13–15
April 27–29
April 27–29
Scores are released Paper and Digital April/May 2021 May 2021
Student scores are released (depending on the day the student tested) Paper and Digital Rolling basis starting March 25 Rolling basis starting May 5
Educator scores are released (depending on the day students tested) Paper and Digital Rolling basis starting March 26 Rolling basis starting May 6

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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.

March 2022: Paper or digital testing is available. Schools administer the standard paper SAT on a single primary and makeup date but can administer the standard digital SAT during testing windows. Test questions and answers aren't disclosed after testing.

March Testing Dates
Date Event
March 2, 2022 Paper primary test day
March 2–4, 2022 Digital testing window #1
March 2–15, 2022 Paper and digital accommodated testing window for students with certain accommodations
March 23, 2022 Paper makeup test day
March 23–25, 2022
March 29–30, 2022
Digital testing window #2

April 2022: You can choose either paper or digital testing. Schools administer the standard paper SAT on a single primary and makeup date but can administer the standard digital SAT during testing windows. Test questions and answers are disclosed after testing for students that test on April 13.

April Testing Dates
Date Event
April 13, 2022 Paper primary test day
April 13–15, 2022
April 19–20, 2022
Digital testing window #1
April 13–26, 2022 Paper and digital accommodated testing window for students with certain accommodations
April 26, 2022 Paper makeup test day
April 26–28, 2022 Digital testing window #2

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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.

About the SAT

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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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Ohio SAT School Day Coordinator Handbook (Digital and Paper Testing)

Detailed information for Ohio test coordinators about preparing schools for SAT School Day. Includes instructions for submitting registration files, receiving materials, and other activities.

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Ohio SAT School Day Coordinator Checklist for Digital Testing

Checklist for coordinators to help prepare the school for administering the SAT in the digital mode.

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Ohio SAT School Day Coordinator Checklist for Paper Testing

Checklist for coordinators to help prepare the school for administering the SAT in the paper mode.

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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.

Ohio SAT School Day Implementation Module (Paper Testing)

General information about paper testing for Ohio SAT School Day.

Manuals—Coming January 2021

Get manuals and resources for digital testing.

Other Resources for Coordinators

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Ohio SAT School Day Student Questionnaire Instructions for Digital Testing

This handout describes the questions students will answer about themselves in the digital platform before testing begins, and whether or not answers are required for scoring.

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Ohio SAT School Day Student Data Privacy Notice

Description of how College Board uses student data as part of the Ohio SAT School Day. Copies of the Student Data Privacy Notice will also be shipped to schools to be provided to parents prior to conducting the preadministration session.

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Ohio SAT School Day Parent Consent Notice

Student Search Service® gives students the opportunity to start the important conversations with colleges and scholarship organizations and explore their postsecondary options. When students choose to participate, their contact information and answers they provide as part of the optional questionnaire are shared with colleges and scholarship organizations. Students opt-in to Student Search Service and complete the optional questionnaire on their answer sheet or in the digital testing platform; parents can provide consent for their child to do so. You should check with your district or school for consent policy. Schools and districts may opt to use a consent form that is provided by College Board or may choose to use their own. Copies of the consent form will also be shipped to schools with the Student Data Privacy Notice to be sent home to parents prior to conducting the preadministration session.

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Ohio SAT School Day Student Answer Sheet Instructions for Paper Testing

This handout describes the questions students will answer about themselves on their answer sheet before testing begins, and whether or not answers are required for scoring.

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2.8 MB

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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 KB

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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:

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