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When Do SAT Scores Come Out? SAT Score Release Schedule

Posted by Allen Cheng | May 10, 2016 12:07:07 PM

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The dates when SAT scores come out 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 find the fastest way to check your SAT score.

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When SAT Scores Come Out, by Test Date

SAT scores are typically released between three and six weeks after your test date. SATs are taken on Saturdays, and scores generally come out on a Tuesday or a Thursday. 

Depending on your test day below, here are when scores are released:

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 usually 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.


How Do I Check My SAT Score?

The fastest way to get access to your scores is online. Read our detailed article if you have trouble checking your score. In short, log into your College Board account through My Organizer. Next, click on My Tests on the left, then on "See all registrations":


If in doubt, then click this link. You'll have to enter your password again, and then you'll see your score!


Why Does It Take So Long to Get My SAT Score?

It seems that grading shouldn't take this long, since you're filling out a scan sheet. 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 score:

  • 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 the GRE currently works.


What's Next?

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Allen Cheng
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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.

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