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Getting SAT Scores

Due to impacts from covid-19, your hand score request may be delayed.

How to Get SAT and Subject Test Scores

  • Students: Go to your online score report for your multiple-choice and essay scores.
  • Educators: Go to the K–12 reporting portal.

More Ways to Get Scores

When to Expect Scores

Students who took the SAT in or before December 2020

Students taking the SAT after December 2020

Choose any test date below for score release dates.

2020-21 Score Release Dates

August 29 Test Day

If you took the SAT with Essay:

  • September 21: Your multiple-choice scores will be available.
  • Within the following week: Most essay scores will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive all scores: We send colleges your scores, and we send your paper score report if you requested one.

If you took the SAT:

  • September 21: Online and paper score reports will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive scores: We send colleges your scores.
September 23 Test Day

If you took the SAT with Essay on a school day:

  • October 15: Your multiple-choice scores will be available.
  • Within the following week: Most essay scores will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive all scores: We send colleges your scores, and we send your paper score report if you requested one.

If you took the SAT on a school day:

  • October 15: Online and paper score reports will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive scores: We send colleges your scores.

Score release dates may vary if you took the SAT during a statewide administration.

September 26 Test Day

If you took the SAT with Essay:

  • October 9: Your multiple-choice scores will be available.
  • Within the following week: Most essay scores will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive all scores: We send colleges your scores, and we send your paper score report if you requested one.

If you took the SAT:

  • October 9: Online and paper score reports will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive scores: We send colleges your scores.
October 3 Test Day

If you took the SAT with Essay:

  • October 16: Your multiple-choice scores will be available.
  • Within the following week: Most essay scores will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive all scores: We send colleges your scores, and we send your paper score report if you requested one.

If you took the SAT:

  • October 16: Online and paper score reports will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive scores: We send colleges your scores.
October 14 Test Day

If you took the SAT with Essay on a school day:

  • November 4: Your multiple-choice scores will be available.
  • Within the following week: Most essay scores will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive all scores: We send colleges your scores, and we send your paper score report if you requested one.

If you took the SAT on a school day:

  • November 4: Online and paper score reports will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive scores: We send colleges your scores.

Score release dates may vary if you took the SAT during a statewide administration.

October 27 Test Day (formerly October 28)

If you took the SAT with Essay on a school day:

  • November 19: Your multiple-choice scores will be available.
  • Within the following week: Most essay scores will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive all scores: We send colleges your scores, and we send your paper score report if you requested one.

If you took the SAT on a school day:

  • November 19: Online and paper score reports will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive scores: We send colleges your scores.

Score release dates may vary if you took the SAT during a statewide administration.

November 7 Test Day

If you took the SAT with Essay:

  • November 20: Your multiple-choice scores will be available.
  • Within the following week: Most essay scores will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive all scores: We send colleges your scores, and we send your paper score report if you requested one.

If you took the SAT:

  • November 20: Online and paper score reports will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive scores: We send colleges your scores.
December 5 Test Day

If you took the SAT with Essay:

  • December 18: Your multiple-choice scores will be available.
  • Within the following week: Most essay scores will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive all scores: We send colleges your scores, and we send your paper score report if you requested one.

If you took the SAT:

  • December 18: Online and paper score reports will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive scores: We send colleges your scores.
March 3 Test Day

If you took the SAT with Essay on a school day:

  • March 19: Your multiple-choice scores will be available.
  • Within the following week: Most essay scores will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive all scores: We send colleges your scores, and we send your paper score report if you requested one.

If you took the SAT on a school day:

  • March 19: Online and paper score reports will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive scores: We send colleges your scores.

Score release dates may vary if you took the SAT during a statewide administration.

March 13 Test Day

If you took the SAT with Essay:

  • March 26: Your multiple-choice scores will be available.
  • Within the following week: Most essay scores will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive all scores: We send colleges your scores, and we send your paper score report if you requested one.

If you took the SAT:

  • March 26: Online and paper score reports will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive scores: We send colleges your scores.
March 24 Test Day

If you took the SAT with Essay on a school day:

  • April 9: Your multiple-choice scores will be available.
  • Within the following week: Most essay scores will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive all scores: We send colleges your scores, and we send your paper score report if you requested one.

If you took the SAT on a school day:

  • April 9: Online and paper score reports will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive scores: We send colleges your scores.

Score release dates may vary if you took the SAT during a statewide administration.

April 13 Test Day

If you took the SAT with Essay on a school day:

  • April 30: Your multiple-choice scores will be available.
  • Within the following week: Most essay scores will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive all scores: We send colleges your scores, and we send your paper score report if you requested one.

If you took the SAT on a school day:

  • April 30: Online and paper score reports will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive scores: We send colleges your scores.

Score release dates may vary if you took the SAT during a statewide administration.

April 27 Test Day

If you took the SAT with Essay on a school day:

  • May 14: Your multiple-choice scores will be available.
  • Within the following week: Most essay scores will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive all scores: We send colleges your scores, and we send your paper score report if you requested one.

If you took the SAT on a school day:

  • May 14: Online and paper score reports will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive scores: We send colleges your scores.

Score release dates may vary if you took the SAT during a statewide administration.

May 8 Test Day

If you took the SAT with Essay:

  • May 21: Your multiple-choice scores will be available.
  • Within the following week: Most essay scores will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive all scores: We send colleges your scores, and we send your paper score report if you requested one.

If you took the SAT:

  • May 21: Online and paper score reports will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive scores: We send colleges your scores.
June 5 Test Day

If you took the SAT with Essay:

  • July 14: Your multiple-choice scores will be available.
  • Within the following week: Most essay scores will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive all scores: We send colleges your scores, and we send your paper score report if you requested one.

If you took the SAT:

  • July 14: Online and paper score reports will be available.
  • Within 10 days after you receive scores: We send colleges your scores.

Other Ways to Get Scores

  • Paper score reports: Students who register by mail and don’t have active College Board online accounts will receive paper score reports.
  • Printing your scores (desktop only): Go to your online score report, click the View Details button, then click Download Report in the top right corner.
  • Scores by phone: You can get SAT scores by phone starting on the day they’re released, but there’s an extra fee.
  • Old scores: You can call to request old scores. You’ll have to pay a fee.

How to Get Help with Scores

If you’re having trouble accessing your released scores:

  • You may need to update your account information. Log in to the student score portal and follow the instructions to verify your account.
  • Log in to the student score portal and learn how to use your registration number from the SAT or Subject Tests to verify your account.
  • Do you have another College Board account? You, your parent, or counselor could have made it. Log out now and log back in using the other account.
  • Do you need old scores? You can call to request old scores. You’ll have to pay a fee.
  • For more help, call 866-433-7728. For international and TTY phone numbers, go to the Contact Us page.
  • Educators who need help should go to the K–12 portal’s help page.

Learn when SAT scores come out for your test date, and how to view your score report.

When Do SAT Scores Come Out? And Other SAT Score Release Facts You Should Know

BY Molly Kiefer ON April 24, 2018, UPDATED ON July 7, 2020, IN SAT, SAT Scores

When Do SAT Scores Come Out?

At the earliest, you will be able to view your scores online beginning 13 days after the test.

SAT multiple choice scores can take anywhere from 13 to 19 days to be released during the academic year – and up to five and a half weeks in the summer.

If you took the SAT Essay, once you get your multiple choice score you can expect to receive your Essay score within the next five days (or sometimes less!).

U.S. and International SAT Score Release Dates

But when do SAT scores come out exactly?

Look no further! The tables below cover the schedule of SAT score release dates: every SAT test date, SAT score release date, and Essay score release date for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 and testing years in the U.S. — as well as international dates. For more information about registration dates and choosing the best test date, see our accompanying post on SAT test dates.

You may notice that for most of the test dates, a range of release dates are given. This is the time frame within which you can expect to get your multiple choice scores. Alternatively, the Essay score release date is the date your Essay score will be released at the latest.

2019-2020 SAT Score Release Dates (U.S.)

SAT Test Date SAT Score Release Date
(Multiple Choice)
SAT Score Release Date
(Essay)
August 24, 2019 September 6, 2019 September 9, 2019
October 5, 2019 October 18, 2019 October 21, 2019
November 2, 2019 November 15, 2019 November 18, 2019
December 7, 2019 December 20, 2019 December 23, 2019
March 14, 2020 March 27, 2020 March 30, 2020
May 2, 2020: CANCELLED May 15, 2020 May 18, 2020
June 6, 2020: CANCELLED July 15, 2020 July 17, 2020

2020-2021 SAT Score Release Dates (U.S.)

The College Board has announced that they will be adding a test date in response to COVID-19 on September 26, 2020. More details will be added as the College Board releases them! They have also brought up the possibility of a test in January 2021 if there is enough demand.

SAT Test Date SAT Score Release Date
(Multiple Choice)
SAT Score Release Date
(Essay)*
August 29, 2020 September 11, 2020 September 14, 2020
September 26, 2020: ADDED October 9, 2020 October 16, 2020
October 3, 2020 October 16, 2020 October 23, 2020
November 7, 2020 November 20, 2020 November 27, 2020
December 5, 2020 December 18, 2020 December 26, 2020
March 13, 2021 March 26, 2021 April 2, 2021
May 8, 2021 May 21, 2021 May 28, 2021
June 5, 2021 July 14, 2021 July 21, 2021

*The majority of SAT essay scores will be released the week following your multiple-choice scores.

2019-2020 SAT Score Release Dates (International)

International Test Date International SAT Score Release Date
October 5, 2019 October 18-23, 2019
December 7, 2019 December 20-25, 2019
March 14, 2020 March 27-April 1, 2020
May 2, 2020: CANCELLED May 15-20, 2020

2020-2021 SAT Score Release Dates (International)

International Test Date International SAT Score Release Date
September 26, 2020 (ADDED) October 9-16, 2020
October 3, 2020 October 16-23, 2020
December 5, 2020 December 18-26, 2020
March 13, 2021 March 26-April 2, 2021
May 8, 2021 May 21-28, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Why haven’t I gotten my score yet?

So you’ve reached the end of the SAT score release window…and still nothing!

Don’t worry! Here are a few reasons that your SAT score release may have been delayed:

Your score improvement was too large:

If you’re retaking the SAT and end up raising your score by over 200 points in a section, or 400 points total, the College Board may double check your test for cheating. That kind of score improvement can happen (we’ve seen it!) but it’s pretty rare, so they may be taking a second look, just in case.

You were reported for cheating:

Maybe you did an especially dramatic eye roll during the test and someone thought you were sneaking a peek at their answers. If you weren’t cheating, everything should work out fine and your scores will just be delayed a little – but if you did cheat, it’s possible that your score will be canceled.

Something was off with your test administration:

The College Board has very strict rules about how the SAT is supposed to be administered. If your proctor didn’t follow the standard protocol, your SAT score release could be delayed until the College Board sorts things out.

Your registration had some errors:

At the beginning of the test, you’re asked to bubble in a whole bunch of information about yourself, for registration purposes. If you bubbled anything in this section incorrectly, the College Board may be having trouble finding you.

The College Board is running behind:

If you haven’t received your scores on time, the best thing to do is call the College Board and find out what’s up.

To contact the College Board from the United States, call: (866) 756-7346
For their international line, call: (212) 713-7789

What should I do if my SAT score isn’t good enough?

Don’t stress, you’ve got options!

Retake the SAT:

Just make sure to study first — we’ve got you covered!

Try the ACT:

Maybe your skill set is better suited for the ACT. Take our free SAT or ACT quiz to find out!

Compensate with your other strengths:

You’re more than just your SAT score! You can also impress schools with a consistently high GPA, interesting extracurriculars, glowing letters of recommendation, a strong application, and a good in-person interview. So many options!

Look into test-optional colleges:

More and more colleges are realizing that standardized test scores give an unfair advantage to privileged students and that your academic record is a better measure of your potential success…right now over 800 schools don’t require test scores!

Find a school where your score IS good enough:

There are tons of great schools out there that are happy to admit students with a below average score…you’re only a quick Google away from finding out which schools accept students with a SAT score range you currently fall into.

Where do I find my SAT score?

You can access your SAT scores online through your College Board account. If you don’t have an account yet, learn how to create one here. Easy enough!

What is a good SAT score?

A good SAT score depends on where you want to go to college!

All you need to do is find out the score range for your school of choice, and aim for the 75th percentile of that range — if you can score around the top 25% of what admitted students are averaging, you’ll have a good shot at acceptance.

Should I retake the SAT?

If you think you could score significantly better the second time around, you may want to retake the SAT.

And we can help you! If you’re already a premium Magoosh SAT student, then you’re eligible for our 150 point score guarantee, and probably a free retake extension. Email [email protected] to get more information.

Not a Magoosh student yet? No problem. We offer online prep for the new (March 2016) version of the SAT. We’ve helped thousands of students improve their test scores, and we’d love to help you, too.

Still have questions?

You’re probably not alone. Leave us a comment below, and we’ll do our best to answer! 🙂

When do SAT scores come out? Here are the SAT score release dates for 2019, 2020, and 2021, plus answers to all of your SAT score release FAQs!