Quick-Start Guide to SAT Changes While the SAT itself has been redesigned, most policies and procedures remain the same. Hot Topic: The SAT Essay Is Optional. When students register for the new SAT, they decide if they want to sign up for the SAT Essay. To make an informed choice, they should know two things:
Students can switch between the SAT and the SAT with Essay online up until the registration deadline. And they might be able to switch on test day — at the discretion of the test center supervisor — if materials, seats, and staff are available. Students who take the SAT with Essay sit together and have 50 minutes to write their response. Additional Important Changes
On the new SAT, students can use a calculator on one part of the Math Test, but not the other.
Changes to accommodations for students with disabilities include the replacement of cassettes with MP3 audio and the provision of extra breaks to students approved for extended time. Get the complete list of SSD changes.
Not ChangingThe Registration ProcessExcept for choosing between the SAT with Essay and the SAT, registration is the same as it always was. Point students to this step-by-step online registration guide. Accommodations RequestsThe accommodations request process remains the same. Students with disabilities need to have approval from the College Board before testing with accommodations. Kick off the request process at least seven weeks before test day. Find out how on the Services for Students with Disabilities website. Getting Ready for Test DayStudents should still arrive at the test center by 7:45 a.m. — with these all-important items:
The COLLEGE BOARD website is an excellent resource for information on :
How to register for the SAT
Where the SAT is offered near you
What is on the SAT/Practice
How to send scores to colleges or request a copy of your score report
Searching for colleges
Frequently Asked Questions
SAT/ACT Frequently asked questions:
How much does the SAT/ ACT cost?
SAT: $45, $60 with Optional Essay
ACT: $46, $62.50 with Optional Writing
SAT Subject Test: $26, then $21 per additional test taken that day (You can take up to three subject tests per testing date, but you may not take a subject test the same day as the SAT)
Are there fee waivers available?
Yes! You must speak to your counselor and bring in a copy of your family’s 2016 taxes to confirm eligibility.
Does it cost money to send my SAT/ ACT score to a college?
Unfortunately, yes. You can send up to four free reports when you register for the SAT, and have until 9 days after you sit for the exam to add where you would like those free reports to be sent. Otherwise, it is $11.25 per score send. $12 per score send of the ACT
If you qualified for a fee waiver, score sends for both SAT and ACT are now free starting in Fall 2018.
How do I send my colleges my scores?
It is YOUR responsibility to send your official score reports to colleges, directly from the CollegeBoard (SAT) or through the ACT for ACT reports. Keep track of which schools you have sent to, and confirm with the schools three weeks later that they have received your report.
Should I take the SAT Subject Test?
The answer is different for everyone! Some schools require them (typically the most selective schools), so if you have very high grades and think you will be applying to the most selective schools, they should be considered.
Certain schools require them for select majors (Engineering, Accounting, etc). Be sure to check the schools you are interested in requirements for direct entry into a specific major or area of interest.
If you have a strength in one of the subject test areas (ex. U.S History), an SAT Subject Test can be used to highlight additional strengths not gathered from your application.
How many times should I take the SAT/ ACT?
No more than three times, per test! Remember, you are more than a test, you should not be exhausting yourself taking it more than three times.
We suggest taking a practice ACT in the Spring of Junior Year, picking which test is preferred (SAT vs. ACT), then prepping for that test!