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When Do SAT Scores Come Out? SAT Score Release Schedule

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jun 2, 2019 1:00:00 PM

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The SAT score release dates are always tense for students. Did you get the score 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, and learn the fastest way to check your SAT score.

Will your SAT scores be good enough?

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How Long Does It Generally Take to Get Your SAT Scores?

SAT scores are typically viewable online starting 13 days after your test date (15 days for Essay scores). SATs are taken on Saturdays, and scores generally come out on the second Friday after your test. (Note that the summer test date in June takes longer than this—about five weeks.)


When Do SAT Scores Come Out? Full Schedule

The two tables below list every SAT score release date and test date for the 2018-19 and 2019-2020 testing years, as confirmed by the College Board.


2018-19 SAT Score Release Schedule

SAT Test Date
Multiple-Choice Scores Release Date
Essay Score Release Date
Colleges Receive Scores By
May 4, 2019 May 17, 2019 May 22, 2019 June 1, 2019
June 1, 2019 July 10, 2019 July 12, 2019 July 22, 2019


2019-20 SAT Score Release Schedule

SAT Test Date
Multiple-Choice Scores Release Date
Essay Score Release Date
Colleges Receive Scores By
August 24, 2019 September 6, 2019 September 9, 2019 September 21, 2019
October 5, 2019 October 18, 2019 October 21, 2019 November 2, 2019
November 2, 2019 November 15, 2019 November 18, 2019 November 30, 2019
December 7, 2019 December 20, 2019 December 23, 2019 January 4, 2020
March 14, 2020 March 27, 2020 March 30, 2020 April 11, 2020
May 2, 2020 May 15, 2020 May 18, 2020 May 30, 2020
June 6, 2020 July 15, 2020 July 15, 2020 July 27, 2020


Colleges generally receive your SAT scores within 10 days of online score release. So if you took the SAT with Essay, you can expect colleges to get your scores within 10 days of getting your Essay score. If you took the SAT without Essay, however, colleges will likely receive your scores a couple days sooner.

What if you take the SAT on a school day, though? Here's an overview of when you can expect to get your scores. Once again, all dates have been confirmed by the College Board.

SAT School Day Test Date Multiple-Choice Scores Release Date Essay Score Release Date Colleges Receive Scores By
October 16, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 11-13, 2019 November 23, 2019
October 30, 2019 November 20, 2019 November 25-27, 2019  December 7, 2019
March 4, 2020 March 26, 2020 March 30-April 1, 2020 April 11, 2020
March 25, 2020 April 16, 2020 April 20-22, 2020 May 2, 2020
April 14, 2020 May 6, 2020 May 8-12, 2020 May 22, 2020
April 28, 2020 May 20, 2020 May 22-26, 2020 June 5, 2020


With school day testing, you'll receive your SAT scores 21-28 days after your test date, and colleges will get your scores within 10 days after that.


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What Time Do SAT Scores Come Out?

Scores are released as early as 5 am Eastern Time (or 2 am Pacific Time). However, depending on your account and test date, you might get your scores later in the day. Ultimately, try not to worry too much about exactly when you'll get your score!


When Do SAT Scores Get to Schools?

If you put down a college as the recipient of one of your four free score reports, that school will get your scores within 10 days of the online release of your complete score report. Additional score reports (those you order more than nine days after you take the SAT) can take one to two weeks to process before they're sent to schools.

Colleges get score reports from the College Board once a week, usually on Wednesdays. Scores are sent out by the College Board on a rolling basis as you request them.

Students concerned about their scores getting to schools in time can opt for rush reporting. With this option, scores only take two to four business days to process and are delivered to schools three times a week (usually Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). However, the College Board can't send SAT scores to schools until your test has actually been scored, which will be on the first score release date for your test date at the earliest.

So what's the takeaway here? 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.


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 a College Board account, learn how to create one here.

To view your SAT scores, sign into your account on the College Board homepage:


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:


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 might feel as though SAT grading shouldn't take as long as a couple of weeks. But because hundreds of thousands of students take the SAT on each test date, there are a lot of steps involved in order for you to finally get your SAT results.

Here's an overview of what happens to your test once you take it:

  • Your test is delivered to the College Board scoring headquarters.
  • Your answer sheet is scanned and your raw score is calculated, based on how many questions you got right or wrong.
  • Your raw score is then converted to the 1600 scale using that test's scaling rubric.

As you're one of many thousands of students taking the SAT, getting everyone's test scores ready within just a few weeks is obviously 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 such as the GRE work.




SAT Results: 2 Options for Next Steps

You now know when SAT scores come out, but what should you do once you have your SAT results? Here a couple of options to consider, depending on your score.


Low Score? Retake the SAT

If you're unhappy with your SAT results, you might want to consider retaking the test. But whether or not a retake is worth it for you depends on two main factors: your target score and how much you'll be able to improve your score on a second attempt.

Your SAT goal score is, in short, determined by the average SAT scores of students at the schools you want to apply to. If your SAT results fall short of your target score, then you might want to retake the test to give yourself a better chance of getting into the schools you've chosen.

However, according to data released by the College Board, 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). Therefore, to successfully raise your SAT score on a retake, you'll have to study effectively and for a significant amount of time.

For example, spending 10 hours doing a couple of practice tests in-between SATs likely won't be enough to give you a significant score boost. Instead, you'll need to focus on your weak areas and tailor your prep toward those areas in order to see maximum score gains.

Overall, if you're willing and able to put in the time and effort to improve your SAT score, it's worth it to retake the SAT. If not, then all you'll be doing is wasting money and four hours on a Saturday morning!


Solid Score? Send SAT Score Reports to Colleges

If you're satisfied with your SAT results, the next step is to send your scores to the colleges you're applying to. Use our complete list of college codes to make sure your scores get to the right place.




What's Next?

Ready to retake the SAT but haven't decided on a date yet? Use our continually updated SAT test dates article to see when the next test is being offered. We've also analyzed the best SAT test dates to help you choose the right one for you.

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 get you into college.

When's the latest you can take the SAT to have your score get to colleges by their deadlines? Learn what the last SAT test date for early admissions is as well as 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. You can also find Allen on his personal website, Shortform, or the Shortform blog.

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