The SAT score release dates are always tense for students. Did you get the score that you were aiming for? Do you have to take the SAT again? Checking scores immediately when they come out gives you the most time to plan ahead.
In this article, find out when you'll receive your SAT score report depending on your test date. Also learn the fastest way to check your SAT score.
Will your SAT scores be good enough?
When your scores come out, it's critical for you to understand whether your scores are good enough. The SAT score that's good enough for you is unique to you, based on your goals. Download our free guide to figuring out your SAT target score.
How Long Does It Take to Get Your SAT Scores?
SAT scores are typically viewable online four to six weeks after your test date. SATs are taken on Saturdays, and scores generally come out either on a Tuesday or a Thursday.
When Do SAT Scores Come Out? Full Schedule
The table below lists every SAT score release date for this year:
|SAT Test||Test Date||When Scores Come Out||When Colleges Receive Scores|
|October SAT||October 1, 2016||October 27, 2016 (Thursday)||November 3, 2016|
|November SAT||November 5, 2016||November 29, 2016 (Tuesday)||December 6, 2016|
|December SAT||December 3, 2016||December 22, 2016 (Thursday)||December 29, 2016|
|January SAT||January 21, 2017||February 23, 2017 (Thursday)||March 2, 2017|
|March SAT||March 11, 2017||April 13, 2017 (Thursday)||April 20, 2017|
|May SAT||May 6, 2017||June 8, 2017 (Thursday)||June 15, 2017|
|June SAT||June 3, 2017||July 12, 2017 (Wednesday)||July 19, 2017|
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What Time Do SAT Scores Come Out?
Scores are released as early as 5AM Eastern Time, or 2AM Pacific Time.
Depending on your account and the test date, this can be delayed by a few hours, so try to get some sleep! Usually everyone can access their score by 8AM Eastern/5AM Pacific.
When Do SAT Scores Come In for Schools?
After you request your SAT results be sent to a school, it can take one to two weeks to process the request before the score is sent out. Colleges get score reports from College Board once a week, usually on Wednesdays.
The scores are sent out by the College Board on a rolling basis, so as you request scores, they're sent out to schools. In fact, if you put down a school as the recipient of one of your four free score reports, College Board potentially could send them out as early as the day before you get your scores.
Some students concerned about their scores getting to schools in time opt for rushed score reports, which only take two to four business days to process and are delivered to schools three times a week (usually Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). However, College Board still won't be able to send out your scores to schools until your test is scored, which will be on the first day of the score release for that test at the very earliest.
The takeaway: Unless you can already view your SAT scores online and have a deadline less than three weeks away, it's probably not worth rushing your SAT scores.
Special Note: If you take the SAT through School Day Testing, the timing of the score release might be slightly altered, but in general, your scores should be sent out by the same time as other tests taken that month. For instance, if you take the October School Day SAT, your scores will be available and sent out to colleges the same as all other October SAT tests.
How to View SAT Scores
The fastest way to get access to your SAT results is online through your College Board account. If you don't have an online College Board Account, learn how to create one here.
To view your SAT scores, start by signing into your account on the main College Board site.
Next, click on "My SAT" to get to your SAT scores.
You'll then be taken to a page with your SAT results for each time you've taken the test:
The website gives you the option of seeing your scores "in updated format on a brand new site," but some people have reported not being able to see all their scores on this brand new site. To play it safe, stick with the procedure I just went through above to get your SAT scores.
For a more detailed dive into how to get your SAT scores, take a look at our step by step guide.
Why Does It Take So Long to Get My SAT Score?
It may feel like SAT grading shouldn't take this long. But because hundreds of thousands of students take the SAT at each test date, it takes quite a few steps for you to finally get your SAT results:
- Your test is delivered to College Board scoring headquarters.
- Your answer sheet is scanned and your raw score is calculated, based on how many questions you got correct or incorrect.
- Your essay is scored by two graders.
- Your raw score is converted to the 1600 scale using their scaling rubric.
- All other students' tests are processed in the same way.
Since you're one of many thousands of students, getting everyone's test score ready within a few weeks is a big feat!
Wouldn't it be great if you could get your score right after the test? This might happen in the future if the test is administered on computers, which is how graduate exams like the GRE work.
SAT Results: Next Steps
Now you know when SAT scores come out, but what whould you do once you have your SAT results? You have a couple options, depending on your score.
Retaking the SAT
If you're unhappy with your SAT results, you'll want to think about retaking the test. But whether or not it's worth it for you to retake the SAT depends on two things: your target SAT score and how much you'll be able to improve your score.
Your SAT target score is determined by the average SAT scores of students at the schools you want to apply to. If you check your account when SAT scores come out and discover that your results fall short of your target score, then you might want to retake the test.
Not meeting your target score is just one component of your decision to retake the SAT, however. Data released by College Board show that it's about even odds that if you retake the SAT, your score will either stay the same (10% of students) or drop (35% of students). To retake the SAT and successfully increase your score, you'll have to study intelligently as well as for a significant amount of time.
Spending ten hours doing a couple of practice tests in between SATs isn't enough to result in a reliable or significant score boost. Instead, you'll need to focus in on your weak areas and tailor your prep towards improving those areas so that you can see maximal score gains. Read this article for more details about how long you'll have to study for specific SAT score gains.
The takeaway from this discussion is that if you are willing and able to put in the time and effort to improve your score, then it's worth it to retake the SAT. If you're not, then all you'll be doing is wasting your money and four hours on a Saturday morning.
Send Your SAT Scores
If you're satisfied with your SAT results, then the next step is to send those scores to colleges you're applying to. Use our complete list of college codes to make sure your scores get to the right place.
Ready to retake the SAT but haven't yet set the date? Use our continually-updated SAT test dates article to see when the next test is being offered. We've also analyzed what the best dates are to take the SAT in this article.
How well do you need to do on the SAT to get into college? Find out with our guides to what the average SAT score for college is and the lowest SAT score possible that'll still get you into college.
When's the latest you can take the SAT and have your score get to colleges by the deadline? Learn what the last SAT test date for early admissions is and how late you can take the SAT if you're applying regular decision.
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As co-founder and head of product design at PrepScholar, Allen has guided thousands of students to success in SAT/ACT prep and college admissions. He's committed to providing the highest quality resources to help you succeed. Allen graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude and earned two perfect scores on the SAT (1600 in 2004, and 2400 in 2014) and a perfect score on the ACT.