You registered for the SAT, but as test day draws near, you find that you don’t want to take the test anymore! You may want to take the ACTs instead, or maybe you decided to opt out of the SAT altogether and apply to colleges that don’t require you to report SAT scores. But what can you do?
Well, first, don't panic!
We at PrepScholar noticed how hard it was to find this information online, so we put it all together for you in one place.
Here are some things you need to consider:
- Can you cancel the SAT test?
- Can you get your money back?
- Will this go on your permanent record?
Officially, CollegeBoard states that if you paid for and submitted the completed registration, then you can't cancel.
However, there are other parts of their site that state otherwise!
Do you want to cancel, and you don't care about getting your money back?
If you don't want to take the test on a certain day and you don't want to reschedule, then to cancel the test, all you need to do is not show up for the test on test day. They emphatically state that it is not necessary to notify them of this. And they also note that no score reports will be sent out as a result.
It will not show up on your record. Because CollegeBoard will count it as a missed test, which could happen for any number of reasons, they do not keep records of who misses their tests. The way they see it, you paid the fees already, and if you miss the test, then that's on you.
This is good, because it means there's only one thing you have to do to cancel your SAT. Just don’t show up for the test.
What if you want to cancel, AND you want your money back?
It's best to hold off on actually completing the online registration in the first place until you’re absolutely sure you want to take the test on that date. Once it is complete, CollegeBoard will not refund most of the money paid for the test.
How do I get the refund?
CollegeBoard states that students who don't want to transfer their registration to another test date or location should contact Customer Service. We’ve included the Customer Service information at the end of this article for your convenience.
If you call Customer Service, it’s possible you may receive a partial refund of up to $10. (The full price you paid for the SAT is $52.50, so they refund you about 1/5 of the total.) You can call up to 5 days before test day, but after that the refund policy will no longer apply.
Remember, once you call and cancel, there is no going back - you will not be able to take the test on that test date and CollegeBoard will not report the scores from this test date.
Refunding Question and Answer Service
If your order has not been fulfilled or if you missed or cancelled your test date, then the Question and Answer Service is refundable. However, to get the refund, you must call Customer Service. Any additional score reports that you ordered are also refundable if you were absent the day of the test.
Refunds are processed six weeks after the test date.
Is there a difference between cancelling and not taking the test?
According to CollegeBoard, there is no actual difference between calling and cancelling the test and not taking the test on test day. In other words, whichever action you decide to take, their records of you will not show any difference.
The only difference is monetary. If you call in to cancel at least 5 days before, you may get a partial refund ($10). Perhaps just as importantly, canceling means that you may get refunded for any additional services you paid for, like QAS.
To Summarize: Cancelling before the test date vs Cancelling after the test date
Okay, just to go over your options once more, here's what you can go to cancel your SAT test.
Canceling Before the Test
If you cancel up to 5 days before the test date, then it's possible to get a refund up to $10, plus the QAS or score reports refunded.
Day of the Test
If you simply do not show up to the test and cancel by default, then you do not get any test refund, but you can still cancel the QAS for your 'missed test'.
After You Take the Test
If you want to cancel after taking the test, then you should look into How to Cancel Your SAT Scores (coming soon). There is a strict deadline on this, so make sure you send them the cancellation before midnight, the Wednesday after your test.
How to Contact College Board Customer Service (for refund requests/cancellations)
By online form: Contact CollegeBoard Online Here
By telephone (the best and fastest way to get a response)
Services for students with disabilities: 212-713-8333
TTY (for deaf or hearing impaired) Domestic: 888-857-247
TTY (for deaf or hearing impaired) International: 609-882-4118
If you want to re-register for the SATs, then check out Step-by-Step Guide with Pictures SAT Registration
Needed to cancel because of the test location? Then check out How You Can Pick the Best SAT Test Locations
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