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When Do SAT Subject Test Scores Come Out?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Aug 27, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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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 might need to wait between two and six weeks to get your SAT Subject Test scores back.

We've compiled the exact score delivery dates below. We also offer tips on how to track down your scores and on what to do after you get them. Read on to find out when you'll get your SAT Subject Test scores.


SAT Subject Test Score Release Dates 2017-18

After some delays in score delivery in recent years, the College Board now promises online score delivery within three weeks for most SAT and SAT Subject Test datesAs for colleges, any schools you designate as recipients should get your score report within 10 days after you get your copy.

As you can see, delivery dates (to both students and their selected schools) can range from less than three weeks to more than five weeks (for June score deliveries).

In the chart below, you'll find windows for score release dates for 2017-18 Subject Test dates:

Test Date Online and Paper Score Delivery Date Scores Delivered to Colleges By
Aug 26, 2017 Sept 18, 2017 Sept 28, 2017
Oct 7, 2017 Oct 20, 2017 – Oct 26, 2017 Oct 30, 2017 – Nov 5, 2017
Nov 4, 2017 Nov 17, 2017 – Nov 23, 2017 Nov 27, 2017 – Dec 3, 2017
Dec 2, 2017 Dec 15, 2017 – Dec 21, 2017 Dec 25, 2017 – Dec 31, 2017
May 5, 2018 May 18, 2018 – May 24, 2018 May 28, 2018 – June 3, 2018
June 2, 2018 July 11, 2018 July 21, 2018

Source: The College Board

As you can see, the College Board delivers paper score reports the same time at which scores are available online. However, they're not as explicit about when exactly colleges will get your SAT Subject Test scores, only promising that schools should receive them within 10 days of the date that scores are released to you.

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 SAT Subject Test Scores

Internet score delivery should take place around 8 am ET (5 am PT). According to students, the scores sometimes appear a few hours earlier.

To get your scores, log on to your College Board account and go to "My Test Scores." Once there, you'll see your scores from any SAT Subject Tests you've taken.

You'll need your username and password to be able to log in and view your scores. If you don't remember one or both of them, go through the steps to recover this info with the email associated with your account. If you need to recover your username and/or password, try to 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!

According to the dates above, your paper score report should be delivered to you around the same time they come out online. You can also get your Subject Test scores over the phone by calling 866-756-7346 (domestic) or 212-713-7789 (international). This service costs $15, so you'll need to have a credit card on hand. 

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


What to Do After You Get Your SAT Subject Test Scores

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 college application deadlines.

At present, the College Board does not commit to having scores to colleges by specific dates, only stating when they'll start to deliver them. Therefore, I 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 risk it or risk getting stressed out about it. You want to leave enough time for colleges to get your scores. You might also leave extra time to retake a Subject Test or two if you end up being disappointed with your scores. 

Remember that all the SAT 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 SAT Subject Tests with enough time for colleges to receive your score reports, you'll be all set—you just have to wait out the weeks until you get your scores!


What's Next?

Have you chosen the dates you'll take your SAT Subject Tests on? Check out our article for the best dates to take the tests, and get tips on 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 SAT scores, and figure out how high of an SAT score you should aim forIf you're taking the ACT, learn how to get and send your ACT scores and what ACT score you should aim for.

Want to get a perfect SAT or ACT score? Read our guides to learn how you can score a perfect 1600 on the SAT or a 36 on the ACT.


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Rebecca Safier
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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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