The COLLEGE BOARD Website Overview


Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.


When to Take the SAT?

Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school. At least half of all students take the SAT twice — in the spring as a junior and in the fall as a senior. Most students improve their score the second time they take the SAT. Learn more about when to take the SAT.

Register Online

The quickest and easiest way to register is online:

  • Choose your test date and test center in real time.
  • Receive immediate registration confirmation.
  • Get 24-hour access to your registration for printing or correcting your Admission Ticket.

Say "Yes" to Student Search Service®

Help colleges find you before you apply. When you say "yes" to Student Search Service, we'll send some of your information to colleges, giving them the opportunity to reach out to you — a potential new student. Learn more about Student Search Service.

Register by Mail

You need to register by mail if you:

  • Pay by check or money order (payable to "The College Board").
  • Are younger than 13 years old.
  • Register for Sunday testing for the first time due to a religious observance.
  • Request that we open a test center nearer to your home.
  • Cannot upload a digital photo as part of the online registration process.
  • Take the test in Ghana
  • Register through an SAT representative.

To register by mail, you need The Student Registration Guide for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests, which is available from your school counselor. The Guide comes with a registration form and return envelope.

When filling out the form, you will likely need a College Board code number for college majors, college and scholarship programs, test centers, and your high school. To find these numbers, use our Code Search tool or the code list from your counselor.


You must submit a photo with your registration for the SAT. The photo you provide will become part of your Admission Ticket.



You might be surprised by everything that’s new about the new SAT:

•All-new essay — and it’s optional

•No penalty for guessing

•No vocab that you’ll never use again

Quick Facts

· 4 parts: Reading, Writing and Language, Math, and the optional SAT Essay

· 400–1600 score scale

· 3 hours and 50 minutes with the SAT Essay — or 3 hours without it

· 4 answer choices

· 4 college application fee waivers for every student who uses an SAT fee waiver

Your future is BRIGHT! Let the COLLEGE BOARD help you prepare you for a BIG, bright and amazing FUTURE.

Your future is BRIGHT! Let the COLLEGE BOARD help you prepare you for a BIG, bright and amazing FUTURE.

BIG FUTURE is an interactive component that allows students and parents to research colleges, college cost, and create a planning guide.

Inspired by a belief that all students deserve good guidance, BigFuture, by College Board is a free, comprehensive step-by-step college planning website.