Although standardized tests are important for college admissions, they are not cheap. Knowing the costs upfront can help you plan ahead when it comes time for standardized testing season. This article will cover both various College Board exams (The SAT, AP Exams, and SAT Subject Tests) and the ACT.
With the SAT, you can either take the exam with or without the essay. (Testmasters strongly recommends taking the SAT with the essay as many colleges require the essay section!)
The SAT with the essay costs $60, and the SAT without the essay costs $46. Fee waivers are available for those who need them.
Late fees ($29) do apply to SAT registration, so sign up early! Late registration deadlines are posted on the SAT registration website. Other possible fees include cancellation fees (only a partial refund), change of testing center fees ($29), change of testing date fees ($29), change of test fees (i.e. changing between a SAT or a SAT Subject Test) ($29), phone registration fees ($15), and waitlist fees ($49). These fees are avoidable, though, by planning ahead and by signing up early. Many students do not have to pay any of these extra fees.
The College Board provides every test-taker with four free score reports to send to colleges, but they have to be sent within nine days after taking the exam. Additional score reports or score reports sent after the nine-day period cost $12 per report. Rush reporting is also available for $31 per report. Fee waivers are available for score reports for those who need them.
Some school districts subsidize or pay for SAT administrations, so check with your district or your local area’s policies.
For the College Board’s official page on testing costs, please visit the College Board’s website.
Most AP Exams cost $93 per test. The AP Seminar and AP Research exams cost $141 each. Late testing fees are $45 per exam.
College Board sponsored financial aid is available for students in need. Students who are eligible can get a $31 fee reduction for each exam. Some school districts also subsidize the tests, so check with your school for your area’s policies.
Score reports cost $15 per report. Rush reporting costs $25 per report.
Read the College Board’s official AP cost policies here.
SAT Subject Tests:
SAT Subject Tests have both a registration fee and a testing fee. A $26 registration fee is necessary to get into the testing center to take the exams. Each non-listening exam taken costs $21 on top of the registration fee. Language exams with a listening section cost $26 per test on top of the registration fee. Up to three different tests can be taken on one day.
The additional fees (late registration, changing testing location, etc.) and score reporting fees are the same for the SAT Subject Tests as for the SAT.
Fee waivers are available for those who qualify.
The official College Board fee policies for the SAT Subject Tests are found here.
Like the SAT, the ACT also has an optional writing section. (Once again, Testmasters strongly recommends that all students take the ACT with writing!) With the essay, the ACT costs $62.50. Without the essay, the exam costs $46. Fee waivers are available for students who need them.
The ACT charges a $29.50 late registration fee, so sign up early to avoid this extra charge! Late registration deadlines can be found on the ACT registration website. Other possible fees include changing a testing date ($25), changing a testing location ($26), or registering for a test by phone ($15). International test registration also incurs an additional $47.50 charge. Standby testing costs $53, but it will be refunded if you are not able to take the test. (Note: registering for standby testing does not guarantee being able to take the test) These extra fees can easily be avoided by planning ahead and by signing up early!
The ACT provides 4 free score reports with registration. Additional score reports cost $12 per test per report. Priority score reports cost $16.50 per test per report. Ordering score reports over the phone costs an additional $15 as a phone service fee. Score reports can be ordered online, over the phone, or in writing. The ACT’s policies on score reports are found at this website.
Some school districts subsidize or pay for ACT administrations. Check with your school district for your local area’s policies.
The official ACT cost policies can be found here.
Standardized testing costs can add up quickly. Studying hard and planning ahead can save you a lot of money by eliminating test retakes, late fees, or other unwanted costs.