CEEB Code Lookup: Step-by-Step Guide

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What on earth is a CEEB code anyway? As you may know, it’s really just

an identification number

, though

there’s a bit more to it than that

. So the real question becomes:

why do I care about CEEB codes

? Well, CEEB codes are the identifiers that help get SAT (and other) data communicated to the correct high schools, colleges, test centers, etc. In fact, they’re a

crucial part of the SAT process

.

Now, while CEEB codes are necessary to register for the SAT and to get your scores reported to the right schools and scholarship programs, most online forms have an

automatic CEEB code lookup and fill-in feature

that lets you skip that process yourself. There are still a few reasons you might need to look up your CEEB code, though. For instance, not all forms

are

online, and not

all

online forms have the auto-fill feature, so

you may find yourself in need of that number

as you communicate with the College Board or a college.



CEEB Code Lookup Process

No matter what CEEB code you need or why you need it,

you’ll want to start in

the same place

—the College Board website

. While this

official option is probably your best bet

, bear in mind that there are other places to look up this data. A quick Google search should reveal a handful of schools and other higher education organizations providing their own tools for the process.



There are several types of locations, organizations, etc. that can be identified by CEEB codes. Let’s take some time to walk through each of them.

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The search will be elementary, my dear Watson.

High School Codes



CEEB codes for high schools are

six digits long

.

From our

home base

, you’re ready to dive in. If you’re in the United States, leave the first field as is (if not, pick the appropriate country):

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Next, choose your school’s state:

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Then, you’ll need to

actually type

in the name of your school’s city:

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Finally, type your school’s

five-digit zip code

(if you know it), and hit the

submit

button:

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If you don’t know the zip code, you can still hit submit. In fact,

you can leave blank any field


you don’t know

and still do a search:

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You can now choose your school from the list of results. There’s only one in this example, but if more than one school comes up, they’ll be listed in alphabetical order.

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They don’t have to look so cheery about everything, am I right?



Test Center Codes

Test centers have CEEB codes that are

five digits long

.

The process for finding CEEB codes for test centers is

very similar to finding them for schools

, yet it branches off early. From

home base

, go ahead and click the “Find Test Centers” link:

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That should take you to a page that looks something like this:

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Go ahead and do what it says: select the test date (if you know it). Then, keep on going:

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You’ll note that the

country and state (where applicable) are required

this time around. At any rate, fill out what you can and hit the submit button:

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You’ll see a list of all the test centers in the given area that allow testing on the date you specified.

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College and Scholarship Codes

These CEEB codes are

four digits long

.

This process is not as snazzy and up-to-date as the other categories’. Start at the College Board’s

home base

.

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Go ahead and choose the relevant option, either “SAT Code List: Domestic Edition” for anything within the United States, or “SAT Code List: International Edition” for anything outside the United States. Clicking on the appropriate link will take you to

a large pdf with very small print

. The relevant portion of the document starts on page 20 of the domestic booklet (page eight of the international booklet).

The good news is that

the pdf should be searchable

on your computer; so, if, for instance, finding the “College and Scholarship Progam Codes” portion of the book, looking up New Hampshire, and trying to find Dartmouth College is daunting, you can try pressing Ctrl+F and typing in the school’s name. You can also zoom in.

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College Major Codes

These CEEB codes are

three digits long

.

This process is

exactly the same

as for Colleges and Scholarships (see above), only the relevant portion of the document starts on page 27 of the domestic booklet (page 15 of the international booklet).

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What are you passionate enough about to major in?

Country Codes

These CEEB codes are also

three digits long

.

Once again, the process is

exactly the same

as for Colleges and Scholarships (see above), only you

must elect the international edition

. The list starts on page three.



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What If I Can’t Find My CEEB Code?

Okay, that’s all well and good, but what if you still can’t find your CEEB code?

One option is to

make a phone call

to the school (if you’re looking up a school), or to the organization that has requested the form you’re filling out. Never be afraid to contact the entity for which you’re completing a form.

Also, sometimes there may be

a “Can’t Find” option

on the form which will enable you to enter the information manually. Also, note that 970000 is the CEEB code for homeschooling, 000003 is the code for an unlisted domestic school, and 000004 is the code for an unlisted international school.

If you really, truly can’t find the code anywhere,

put down all zeroes

, i.e. 000000.

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Sometimes, you just can’t find an answer.

Conclusion: Tips for CEEB Code Lookup

CEEB codes are funny little numbers. In this article, we’ve gone over what they are and when they’re needed. Let’s review some key points:


  • Most forms that require CEEB codes will auto-fill

    them for you.

  • If you’re looking for a CEEB code,

    the best place to start is

    the College Board website


    .


  • 970000 is the CEEB code for homeschooling, 000003 is the code for an unlisted domestic school, and 000004 is the code for an unlisted international school.

  • If you

    can’t find the code you need

    , look for a “Can’t Find” option or enter all zeroes.

Now, go forth and CEEB!

What’s Next?

Do a little poking around to see

what else there is to know about CEEB codes

, whether they’re called CEEB codes or

SAT codes

.

Also, make sure you’re

thoroughly prepared

to make the SAT count. Discover

how to study for the test in the best way possible

.

If you’re gearing up to use CEEB codes to

send your scores to a college

, pause a moment to do some reading about

what you should know first

.


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