Every year, early on a Saturday morning, high school juniors and seniors arrive at test centers across the country with a freshly sharpened pencil to take the SAT®.
The SAT test, which has long been something of a tradition for the college bound, occupies the thoughts of students and parents alike, as they try to figure out the best course of action when it comes to paying for the SAT.
Here’s a detailed look at how much the SAT and SAT Subject Tests cost.
The SAT test base price includes the two main sections: Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. There is a fee for adding the optional SAT Essay. For the 2019-2020 school year, the SAT costs $49.50 and the SAT with Essay costs $64.50.
Other SAT fees come into play if you sign up during the late registration period, sign up by phone, change an existing registration, or if you’re admitted to an administration via the waitlist. Regional fees apply to students taking the SAT outside of the United States.
Every SAT registration includes free score reports to four schools. There are fees for additional score reports or opting in for further services such as rush ordering or score verification. Don’t forget to use those free score sends, because they do expire! You have until nine days after the test to use them.
SAT Subject Test Fees
SAT Subject Tests™ are administered at the same time and in the same test centers as the SAT.
Some schools require you to submit SAT Subject Test scores. MIT and Harvey Mudd, for example, ask for SAT Subject Test scores in addition to standard entrance exams like the SAT or ACT. Many other schools recommend or consider SAT Subject Test scores in the admission process. Check out this list of colleges that use the test and always be sure to double-check a college’s official policy on its own website.
Other colleges and universities give students the option of submitting an SAT Subject Test score, if they wish. This provides students with an opportunity to present the admission department with further evidence that they’ll be a good fit for a particular program.
To take an SAT Subject Test, you’ll pay a basic registration fee, plus an additional fee per test. Language tests with Listening cost slightly more. Students may take up to three SAT Subject Tests per session. For the 2019-2020 school year, the basic registration fee is $26, the price of individual tests is $22, while Language Tests with Listening cost $26.
As with the SAT, there are additional fees for late and waitlist registrations, registration by phone, and regional fees for taking the SAT Subject Tests outside the United States. There are also fees associated with sending score reports beyond the four that come with the registration, rush score sending, or retrieving scores by phone.
How Much Does the SAT Cost with Fee Waivers?
The College Board is a nonprofit organization, and we strive for equality, believing that all students should have access to a successful college experience that they can afford.
Because SAT testing costs may be a barrier, we offer a fee waiver program to low-income students. Our program waives fees for tests and some additional services.
How Do I Get a Fee Waiver?
You can get a fee waiver by consulting with your school counselor. The waiver can cover the testing fee, additional score reports, and more. In some cases, the fee waiver can even extend to college application costs.
A few different factors determine your eligibility for an SAT fee waiver, such as your household size and income, as well as things like whether you’re in foster care or are qualified for the free and reduced-price lunch program at your school.
If you think you might qualify for the fee waiver, talk to your school counselor. They’ll give you a code to use when you sign up for the SAT.
What Does a Fee Waiver Cover?
SAT Fee Waivers cover a variety of costs completely and reduce some others. Let’s take a detailed look.
The SAT fee waiver includes the registration price for the SAT or SAT Subjects Tests. A single waiver code covers two SAT registrations and up to six SAT Subject Tests. If you’re in the U.S. or U.S. Territories, this even includes any late fees for registering after the regular deadline. The SAT fee waiver covers unlimited sends of your score report to colleges. Additionally, for participating schools, it can also cover college application fees and CSS Profile applications for financial aid.
But wait, there’s more…
The SAT fee waiver also pays for two Question-And-Answer Service reports. If you’re a U.S. student living abroad, you won’t need to pay any regional fees. The SAT fee waiver even provides fee reductions for score verification reports.
However, there are a few things the SAT fee waiver does not cover:
- Change fees (if you decide to take a different test or change your test date after registering)
- Waitlist fees
- Register-by-phone charges
- Rushed score reports
- Scores by phone
How Much Does the SAT Cost, In Total?
The final cost of your SAT registration will depend on whether you add the optional SAT Essay, any extra services, and whether you register after the regular deadline. International students should expect to add regional fees based on where they live. Four score reports are included with each SAT registration, but these need to be used within nine days after the test, or else the same cost applies as with additional score reports. If you qualify for an SAT fee waiver, many of these costs are covered.
So with that information, you can plan accordingly. Start your SAT registration today.