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When Do SAT Subject Test Scores Come Out?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 1, 2017 11:00:00 AM

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After you take the SAT Subject Tests, you probably want to find out your results right away. You'll have to be a little patient, though, as you may need to wait between two to six weeks to get your scores back. 

We've compiled the exact score delivery dates below, plus some tips on how to track down your scores and what to do next. Read on to find out when you get your SAT Subject Test scores.


SAT Subject Test Score Release Dates 2017 - 2018

College Board is taking almost twice as long lately to get everyone their SAT and SAT Subject Test scores back. They used to send scores after less than three weeks, but now are taking between three to six weeks to release scores online. With all the changes in the test, and perhaps greater numbers of students taking the test in the U.S. and worldwide, College Board seems to have run into score processing delays. 

We have data on test dates and estimated delivery dates from the College Board through the June 2018 test. As you can see, upcoming projected delivery dates (to both students and their selected schools) range from under 3 weeks after the December test date to over 5 weeks for June score deliveries. In the chart below, you'll find the score release date for the August 2017 test, along with windows for score release dates for tests in the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018.


Test Date Internet Score Delivery College Score Delivery Begins Paper Mail Delivery
8/26/2017 9/15/2017 9/27/2017 Mid-September
10/7/2017 10/20/2017-10/26/2017 11/8/2017 Late October
11/4/2017 11/17/2017-11/23/2017 12/5/2017 Mid November
12/2/2017 12/15/2017-12/21/2017 12/22/2017 Mid December
5/5/2017 5/18/2018-5/24/2018 5/15/2018 Late May
6/2/2018 7/11/2018 7/21/2018 Mid July

 *Scores available online starting sometime between these dates. We'll update with more specific information when it's available.

As you can see, College Board's vague on when it will mail out the hard copy score reports. They're also not fully explicit about when colleges get your SAT Subject Test scores, only giving the date that they will "begin" to deliver scores to colleges. But as you can see, it's theoretically possible that some of your colleges will actually see your scores before you do, if they are delivered on the earliest possible day. 

At least you know exactly when you can get your scores online. Read on for a step-by-step explanation of how to access your SAT Subject Test scores on the dates above. 


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How To Get Your Subject Test Scores

Internet score delivery should be around 8 am EST, or 5 AM on the West Coast. According to students, the scores sometimes appear a few hours earlier. To get your scores, log into your College Board account and go to "My Organizer." Once there, you'll see your scores from any Subject Tests you took.

Make sure you've written down your user name and password so you can log in. If you don't remember one or both, just go through the steps to recover this info with the email associated with the account. If you'll need to recover your user name and/or password, you should do so before score release day. It wouldn't be any fun to go through this rigmarole as your scores wait in your account, just out of reach.

Your scores should be mailed out to you about a week after they come online. To get your scores over the phone, you could call 866-756-7346 (domestic) or 212-713-7789 (international). You'll have to call with credit card in hand, as score reporting by phone costs $15. 

Now that you know when to expect your scores and how to access them, is there anything else to keep in mind about the Subject Tests?


What You Need To Do Now

Since you now know when you'll get your SAT Subject Test scores, you should design your testing schedule with these dates in mind, especially when it comes to application deadlines. At present, College Board does not commit to having scores to colleges by a specific date, and only states when they will start to deliver them, so I'd suggest giving yourself at least a week of leeway between your score release date and your application deadline.

It's possible that colleges will be more lenient because of past score release delays, but I wouldn't suggest risking it and getting stressed out about it. You want to leave enough time for colleges to get your scores, plus you may also leave extra time to retake a Subject Test or two if you're disappointed with your scores. 

Remember that all the Subject Tests are multiple choice and your answer sheets are scored by a machine. Make sure to keep them neat and not make any stray marks or doodles, as the machine won't be able to tell the difference between a real answer and a stray mark.

As long as you schedule your tests with enough time for colleges to receive your reports, you'll be all set - you'll just have to wait out the weeks until you get your scores!


What's Next?

Have you chosen what dates you'll take the SAT Subject Tests? Check out our article for the best dates to take the tests and how to balance them with the general SAT or ACT.

Are you also taking the SAT? Make sure you know all the steps to getting and sending your scores and figure out how high of an SAT score you should aim forIf you're taking the ACT, this article will tell you all about how to get and send your ACT scores and what ACT score you should aim for.

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Rebecca graduated with her Master's in Adolescent Counseling from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has years of teaching and college counseling experience and is passionate about helping students achieve their goals and improve their well-being. She graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT.

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