About SAT® School Day
Everything You Need To Know

The SAT® School Day provides an opportunity for high school students to take the SAT during class time on a regular school day. You can take the SAT through this program if your school and/or district participate(s) in the College Board®'s SAT School Day program.

Taking the test on a School Day allows students to easily register for the test, request a fee waiver, and avoid having to travel to an unfamiliar testing location. Furthermore, your scores on the SAT School Day are just as valid as the regular SAT scores. Let's take a look at a few more benefits the SAT School Day program has to offer:

  • Your school takes care of the SAT registration process and testing accommodations.
  • You take the SAT on a weekday during school hours.
  • Your SAT test fees might be waived.
  • You get 4 free score sends.

SAT School Day Eligibility and Registration

You are eligible to take the SAT on a School Day during your junior or senior year if your school participates in the program. The registration and fee waivers will be processed by your school. Reach out to your school counselor or principal before test registration to know whether you need to submit any extra paperwork. Also remember to ask for the Student ID Form, which you need to carry on your test day.

If you require accommodations for your school exams, you might be eligible to place accommodations requests for taking the SAT as well. Remember to fill out the consent forms and get them signed by your guardian or parent before submitting them to the school counselor well in advance of test day.

The standard cost for taking the SAT is $60. However, your high school may offer the SAT for free or at a reduced fee. The College Board also offers an SAT School Day Student Questionnaire to help students with the test-taking process and guide them on where to send the free score reports.

No. While some states make it a requirement for high school graduation, others mark the SAT as an optional criterion. Depending on where you live, taking the SAT on School Day could be optional or a requirement. Below is a list to help you out:

  Mandatory SAT  Optional SAT
1. Colorado Alaska
3.Delaware Arizona
4.District of ColumbiaFlorida
5.Idaho Georgia
6.Illinois Kentucky
9.New HampshireMississippi
10.Ohio*New Mexico
11.Oklahoma*New York
12.Rhode IslandOregon
13.South Carolina*Pennsylvania
15.West VirginiaTexas

*You have to choose between the SAT and the ACT as part of high school graduation requirements.

Did you know?
According to the College Board, more than 6 million students from nearly 5,000 districts and 14,000 schools have taken part in SAT School Day since 2011-12.

SAT School Day Test Dates

The College Board has announced the following test and score release dates for SAT School Day, 2023. However, the score release dates may be subject to change. Confirm with your school counselor if you do not receive your scores on the dates mentioned below.

SAT School Day Test Dates Probable Score Release Dates Colleges Receive Scores On 
Mar 1, 2023, Wednesday Mar 23, 2023, Thursday April 2, 2023
Mar 22, 2023, Wednesday Apr 14, 2023, Friday April 24, 2023
Apr 12, 2023, Wednesday May 3, 2023, Wednesday May 13, 2023
Apr 25, 2023, Tuesday May 18, 2023, Thursday May 28, 2023

If you want to learn how your SAT test is scored, check out our SAT Scoring Guide.

SAT School Day Policies, Terms and Conditions

Before you gear up for your SAT School Day, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Make sure to carry the SAT School Day Student ID Form along with the other things to bring on SAT test day.
  2. Consider bringing a backup calculator, and a list of four colleges/scholarships to which you want to send your test results.
  3. If you opt for the SAT with Essay and decide not to write it, your official score report will show a zero for SAT Essay.

Refer to the SAT School Day terms and conditions to stay updated on testing policies and regulations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The SAT offered on School Day is the same as the regular SAT. The SAT School Day, however, allows you to take the test on a weekday during the school day, as opposed to the weekend for the regular SAT.
The SAT takes 3 hours (not including breaks), and the SAT Essay takes 50 minutes.
No, the School Day SAT has the same difficulty level as the real SAT.
Currently, the SAT School Day is only available to U.S. schools.
You receive the SAT School Day test scores on your College Board account.
No, you cannot take SAT School Day at another high school. However, if you are homeschooled, you can take the SAT on a School Day at your nearest high school. Reach out to the school’s counselor or principal to learn more.
If you wish to cancel your SAT School Day test scores, fill out the cancellation form provided by College Board and submit it to the Associate Supervisor before leaving the testing room.
However, if you decide to cancel your scores after you leave, you will have 72 hours to do so.
Nothing happens if you miss an SAT School Day. You can register again for the next upcoming test date and take the SAT.

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