After working hard to prepare for the SAT or the Scholastic Aptitude Test exam, you want to know your scores as soon as possible. Knowing exactly how to receive your scores is just as important as what colleges to choose to send your scores. One of the first steps in identifying how to submit the scores is understanding how the College Board sends them.
Take the time to talk to your counselor or attend a school workshop on how to sign up for a College Board account. Having the correct information about the SAT fee waiver, SAT results date and fees can help you.
Retrieval of Your SAT Scores
Getting your SAT scores determines your availability to make future college plans. So knowing how to send SAT scores to colleges is essential. First, sign up for an online account at the College Board website. Once you verify your information, scroll down the page and click on the “Send Available Score Now” button.
After validating necessary information on several screens, you will arrive at the “Your Selected Recipients” page. Search for your school or scholarship program that you would like to send scores. You can search by name, city or code. Next, click on the “Continue” button. Before confirming your choices, you can add more schools to send your scores.
You have the option to request more reports using your fee waiver code, add more schools to your list or use the School Choice option. Then, select to add more recipients and click on the “I have a Fee Waiver” button. After that, enter your waiver code and add more reports to send to schools of your choice.
SAT Score Choice Option
Many students choose the Score Choice option when multiple scores from various test times are available. In using Score Choice, start by clicking on the “Choose Scores” button from the “Build Your Score Recipient” screen. Once you continue on the screen, you will arrive at a disclaimer page. Make sure to read the information carefully and continue.
Next, proceed to uncheck any scores you do not want to send in your free score report. However, you must include the complete SAT I scores, but you can choose individual subject SAT scores. Review your information for accuracy and repeat for other schools if necessary.
If you decide to register by mail, and you do not include your College Board account information, you will receive your scores via mail. Therefore, make sure to sign up for an account as soon as possible at your school or testing center.
Cost to Send SAT Scores
The cost to send SAT scores to colleges is free for four test scores. You can send SAT scores before or after the test date. If you choose to submit scores before your test date, then you select the schools.
If you decide to send scores after your test date, then you have nine days to determine your choice of colleges. After the nine days, additional fees apply. Each SAT score report costs $12. Also, rush requests cost $31.
Whether you decide to send scores before or after the test dates, knowing which colleges to apply to is just as important. When you prepare for the SAT exam, discuss with your counselor the best options. Even if you have not declared a major or a career goal, plan a career path that potentially helps you. Most colleges will value students that take the initiative to send scores. Although the cost for sending SAT scores can add up quickly, an SAT fee waiver is available to students who qualify.
Benefits of SAT Fee Waiver
The SAT fee waiver is available to students that meet specific criteria. Low-income students in the eleventh and twelfth grade in the United States or United States territories receive a fee waiver. If you enrolled or are eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), then you qualify for a fee waiver.
Another way to qualify for the SAT fee waiver is to look at the annual family income. Those incomes that follow the requirements of the Income Eligibility Guidelines administered by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service are eligible. Students of low-income families are also eligible when enrolled in federal, state or local programs helping low-income families.
Families that obtain public assistance or participate in federally subsidized public housing receive the SAT fee waiver. Those students who are in foster homes, homeless, part of the ward of the state or orphans also qualify for a few waiver. Careful planning is ideal when sending your scores to colleges. Since you have many options between Score Choice and the SAT fee waiver, your choices for college can open up new possibilities.
Sending Scores Timelines
Depending on your SAT results date, colleges process scores differently. As a result, you might want to consider the options when choosing to send scores before or after test dates. Many colleges could take up to a week. For instance, you might need to think about your score reporting before the test date to ensure your college of choice gets your results.
A drawback is that you do not see your scores before sending them to the college. However, colleges could view this commitment as a valuable trait of your character. If you decide to send results after the testing date, you will need to carefully think about your SAT results and the multiple scores options.
Keep in mind that you have nine days from the test date to decide on score reporting choices. If the school of your choice does not accept Score Choice, then selecting to send scores before a testing date is probably a wise option. Although all the options are overwhelming, talk to your school counselor for the best choices before you take the SAT exam.
Academic Counselors Advocating for Self-Reporting
Many academic counselors prefer students make early choices for college. With so many activities and enrollment procedures students need to adhere to, SAT and standardized test score reporting is another intense part of the process. Consequently, many organizations and counselors work with low-income students to take tests multiple times.
While this strategy helps students achieve high scores, additional scoring helps them choose colleges to send a free report and use the fee waiver option. In this time-consuming process, many low-income students might not have easy access to a computer to send scores. Besides using the before testing date option to submit scores, counselors and advocates for self-reporting argue students should be responsible for sending results. Admission requirements, class credits and enrollment deadlines are a few of the concerns students need to address before taking the SAT.
Nevertheless, self-reporting would ease the burden of the many tasks students have to accomplish. A majority of counselors for low-income students argue scores should be sent directly from the student to avoid waiting to see results and deadlines. In an attempt to accommodate low-income students, many schools allow them to send scores via email or on transcripts.
On the other hand, the College Board organization believes some students may falsify results. While many argue that students make responsible choices to enroll in a college program, they should also make a responsible choice to send their SAT scores.
- College Board: SAT Suite of Assessments
- College Raptor: Can I Get My ACT/SAT Fee Waived?
- College Vine Blog: The CollegeVine Guide to SAT Scores: All Your Questions Answered
- Prep Scholar Blog: How to Send SAT Subject Test Score: 7-Step Guide
- The Atlantic: A Simple Way to Bring Down College-Application Costs
Barbara earned a B. S. in Biochemistry and Chemistry from the Univ. of Houston and the Univ. of Central Florida, respectively. Besides working as a chemist for the pharmaceutical and water industry, she pursued her degree in secondary science teaching. Barbara now writes and researches educational content for blogs and higher-ed sites.