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SAT Registration: Deadlines, Costs, Fee Waivers, & More

Last updated February 15, 2024

Getting ready to take the SAT? If your college application requires you to submit SAT or ACT scores, or if it’s “test optional” but you still want to submit test scores to strengthen your application, it might be time to register for an upcoming SAT test date! Here's what you need to know about SAT registration and getting ready for the exam.

When do I register for the SAT?

The SAT is offered seven times a year and will be offered digitally moving forward. The deadline to register for a test date is usually about a month in advance. College Board lists all of the test dates in a school year, including the registration deadline for each, to help you plan ahead. If you miss the deadline and there are still spots available, you may be able to register late (although there is usually a fee).

If you plan to apply to college through early action or early decision, we recommend taking the SAT before December. If you're applying to college under regular decision deadlines, we recommend that you plan to take the SAT before January.

SAT is going digital

The SAT is going digital beginning in 2024. You will still take the exam at a testing center or at your school if they offer a testing day. Here's what you can expect on the digital exam:

  • The SAT will be taken on a laptop or tablet. Students without a laptop or tablet can request one from College Board. You must do so at least 30 days prior to the exam date. 
  • The exam is now shorter and will be about two hours rather than three.
  • The reading passages have been reduced.
  • The new exam will use adaptive testing. This means the questions throughout the exam will change depending on how you answered the previous questions. Read more from College Board.
  • Calculators can be used for the entire math section.

How do I register for the SAT?

Picked a test date, testing location, and are ready to register? Here's how to get started.

  1. Click here or head to
  2. Click "Register Now."
  3. Create your student account and profile. Make sure you use an email you will check often so you don’t miss any updates or announcements!
  4. Pick an SAT test date that works for you. Try to register as soon as possible for your preferred date and location since spots can fill up quickly.

How much does it cost to take the SAT?

It costs $60 to register for the SAT. There’s an additional $30 fee for late registration, an additional $25 fee to either change your testing center or cancel your registration altogether, and an additional $35 fee to cancel your registration after the cancellation deadline.

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Can I get a fee waiver to take the SAT?

Yes! College Board offers SAT fee waivers to eligible students. Check in with a school counselor to learn if you qualify, or find the general eligibility requirements here.

With a fee waiver, you can:

  • Take the SAT twice for free.
  • Gain unlimited score reports to send to colleges.
  • Waive application fees at participating schools.
  • Avoid late registration or cancellation fees (if you’re in the U.S.).
  • Complete the CSS Profile for free.
  • …and more!

Learn more about the benefits of receiving an SAT fee waiver here.

How do I study for the SAT?

Ready to start studying? Check out our list of free digital SAT study resources, including practice exams, personalized practice plans, and more!

Have any questions about registering for the SAT? Text us! Send #Hello to 33-55-77 to speak with one of our college advisors, or click here to have the text message set up for you!

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