Confused about how to send SAT scores?
When you register for the SAT, you select 4 schools to which your score is automatically reported for free. The SAT sends the scores to those schools as soon as your test is marked. You arrange this by filling in numerical codes for each school – make sure you get these codes right, as this is the number one cause of lost scores!
You can also make changes to these free score reports up to 9 days after the test date, so if you think you did unexpectedly well or poorly, you can change where your score is sent. You should use these score reports if you’re applying to schools that require you to send all your scores. You can have your score sent to your high school as well if you want to. Or, you can just show your counsellor your scores online – this part doesn’t really matter!
To send a report any time after that, it costs $11.25, unless you have a fee waiver, in which case you can send 8 score reports free, even if you didn’t use your fee waiver to take the SAT. A report for the SAT means sending one or more test date’s scores to one school. You should wait until you’ve written the test for the final time before you send. The process takes 1 week after your test is fully marked, so make sure you allow enough time. You can order a priority service, but it will still take 2 days, so it doesn’t save you much time!
What is super-scoring?
Some schools will calculate your SAT score by taking a combination of all your best section scores. You don’t have to do anything for this, but bear in mind that if you did particularly well in on section on one test date, you should send a report of that date to any schools that superscore. Some school’s policies can be found here.
Why you should always check out the school’s score policy
- Superscoring. See above!
- Self-reporting: Some schools allow you to take a screenshot from your profile and email that to their admissions department to save you money. It’s rare, but it is done, so make sure you know! But also be honest – there’s nothing to stop them asking you for the official report if they think you’ve lied about your score.
- Some schools, notably Ivy League schools plus some others, require you to send SAT scores for every test you’ve written.
- Late scores? Different schools have different policies on this. Some will accept late scores, some will not, and some will consider them if they happen to arrive before your application is reviewed by admissions. So check before you figure out when you need to have your final SAT written by.
Hope that helps you out! Comment if you have questions!