Making Changes to Your SAT Registration

What if I sign up for the SAT, and decide I am not ready?

Making Changes to Your SAT Registration
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Canceling Scores & Utilizing Score Choice: Part 3
What if I sign up for the SAT, and decide I am not ready?

Today I will cover changing or canceling your SAT test date registration, but check out our other posts from this series to better understand canceling SAT scores and using Score Choice.

  • Canceling Scores & Utilizing Score Choice: Part 1 – How Do I Cancel My SAT Scores?
  • Canceling Scores & Utilizing Score Choice: Part 2 – How Do I Use Score Choice to Show Universities My Best Scores?
  • Changing Your SAT Test Type and Changing SAT Subject Tests

Many students sign up for the SAT months in advance with plans to study for the test. Frequently, though, the procrastinator within emerges, video games replace study time, and panic ensues immediately before the big day! If this sounds familiar, then this post is for you.

If you decide you would like to push back your SAT test date, you can make the change by following the process below.

According to College Board, if you want to change your SAT Test date (or test center or test type), you must:

1)  Make the change no later than the Wednesday 2—3 weeks before your test date.
Changes to your test center or test date can be made online through your free College Board account or by calling College Board Customer Service.

To change your test type, you must contact College Board by phone Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. Summer hours (after the June administration through August) for SAT Program Customer Service are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT.

(If you want to push back your test date, but it is within 2 weeks of your test date, call College Board to find out your options or see if they can still make the change.)

2)    Pay an additional change fee.
A credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) is required to pay the change fee of $25.

If you decide that you do not want to take the SAT at all, it is not necessary to notify College Board.

Your test and registration fees are nonrefundable. If you do not show up on test day, a score report will not be generated. This will not prevent you from taking the test in the future; however, you will have to pay the regular registration fees for any future SAT tests.

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  1. Hi, so what happens if I sign up for three subject tests, and ultimately decide I want to take two of them? If I show up to the test center, take two, and leave, what would happen?

    1. Sabeen,

      Nobody can make you take a test you don’t want to take. However, if you are asked to leave the test center you will not be readmitted, so what ultimately happens would probably depend on the sequence in which the exams are administered. Our recommendation would be to avoid this. Have a game plan and stick to it. If you do not want to take a particular test, cancel your registration ahead of time; otherwise, always keep in mind that Score Choice applies to SAT Subject Tests as well as the SAT.

      Hope this helps!

  2. Does the deadline required to change test date applies to the test date to be changed or the desired test date. For example I want to change my SAT test on 4 June to 2 October. Then would I have to apply to change for test date 2-3 weeks before 4 June or 2 October?

    1. Bruce,

      The deadline applies to the test date for which you are currently registered. Our recommendation would be to contact College Board directly to see what your options are: 1 (866) 630-9305.

      Hope this helps!

  3. But according to a college board change policy, if you are absent on the test date you can change your test date or get a re fund.
    I recently had to give my SAT on the 4th of June, but wanted to postpone it for the October one in advance but since future available dates were not shown there was no way I could change my test date and also I don’t know how to get a refund. I also tried cancelling it, but my account didn’t give me the option to.

    1. Hi Sanjna, According to College Board, if you cancel <5 days from the test date, you are not eligible for a refund, and if you decide to switch, there is a $28 fee you must pay. This might have been why you were unable to cancel. The October test date has not been released yet, but if you had called customer service, I'm sure they would have been able to work with you.

  4. What if instead of pushing it back, I want to move SAT to an earlier date? I have a good two months before the test date that I want to change to.

    1. Rimsha, you should be able to switch to an earlier date so long as you do so before that test date’s registration deadline.

      Hope this helps!.

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