How Long Does It Take to Get SAT Scores Back


Don’t you wish you could find out how you scored on the SAT right after you finish taking the test? Or maybe you’d like to forget all about it and pretend it never happened (better luck next time)!

Either way, your wait time for your SAT scores will be the same:

somewhere between two and six weeks.

This article fills you in on all the details of SAT score reporting and offers some advice for what to do once you get your scores.

When Do You Get Your SAT Scores?

How long does it take to get SAT scores back? It’s a good question, and one that’s on everybody’s minds after the exam.

SAT multiple-choice scores are released 13 days after you take the SAT.

(One exception is the June test date, which typically has a score release date about five weeks after the test.)

If you are one of the final students to take the

SAT Essay

, (which will no longer be offered after June 2021),

you’ll receive your Essay score two to five days


you receive your multiple-choice scores (so about 15-18 days after you took the SAT).

After years of having longer waits (between three and six weeks) to receive SAT scores, the College Board has revamped its schedule to give you your scores sooner. Yay!

Now, the actual

time of SAT score release varies.

Sometimes it’s as early as 5 am Eastern Time (2 am Pacific Time). I wouldn’t advise refreshing your account over and over at 4:59 (or 1:59 for you West Coasters) since the release time isn’t always exact.

Your colleges will get your scores within 10 days after you receive them

(if you’ve indicated them as score recipients). Check out the chart below for exact score release dates by test date.


2021-22 SAT Score Release by Test Dates

The chart below shows when you’ll be able to see your SAT scores for each SAT test date in the 2021-2022 testing year. The score release dates after June are not yet confirmed by the College board, but we’ve calculated them based on past years’ score releases and will update as more information becomes available.

As you’ll see in the chart, for most of these test dates,

you’ll get your multiple-choice results just 13-14 days after you take the SAT,

and your Essay score (if you took it) within a week after that.

As we mentioned above, the College Board will

stop administering the SAT Essay exam

as of July 2021. That’s why you won’t find essay score release dates in the table below.

Your SAT score results will be sent to the colleges you indicated within 10 days of you getting your scores. However, for the June test day, you’ll have to wait

about five weeks

before receiving your multiple-choice results.

2021-22 SAT Score Release by Test Dates

Test Date

Multiple-Choice Scores Release

Essay Score Release

Multiple-Choice Scores Sent to Colleges By

Scores w/ Essay Sent to Colleges By
June 5 July 14 July 21 July 24 July 31
August 28* September 10 n/a September 20 n/a
October 2* October 15 n/a October 25 n/a
November 6* November 19 n/a November 29 n/a
December 4* December 17 n/a December 27 n/a

*These are tentative test dates that haven’t been made official by the College Board yet. All score release dates are approximations as well.

These dates are when most students will get their SAT scores, but

an unlucky few might have to wait longer.

They might sign into their College Board accounts to find that their scores still aren’t ready. What are some possible reasons why your scores wouldn’t show up on score-release day?


Where in the world are your SAT scores?

What If Your SAT Scores Haven’t Been Released?

There are

a few possible explanations

if your SAT scores aren’t released on test day. None are especially common, so I wouldn’t worry too much about any of them happening to you! Read on for the four main causes of score delays.

Cause 1: Random Test Audit

The most random reason would be if the College Board decided to do a

random audit of tests to ensure scoring accuracy

and your test got chosen. If that were the case, you’d have to wait longer for your scores, but they’d eventually get sent to you.

If you didn’t get an email or letter from the College Board (they’re a fan of sending information out by mail, for some reason), you could give your regional

College Board office

a call. Be prepared to be transferred and put on hold for a while, though. If you can’t tell, I haven’t had the best customer service when it comes to the College Board.

Cause 2: Red Flags on Your Test

Another possible reason is that your test was flagged because

you improved by an unusually large number of points,

such as 400 or 500 points. If your SAT score goes up hundreds of points between test administrations, the College Board might hold your test to check for

scoring accuracy or signs of cheating.

I worked with an ESL student whose scores were withheld after he improved a few hundred points. We sent in letters on his behalf about all the prep he’d done between tests, but the College Board still canceled his scores in the end.

In addition to helping you solve problems while you’re taking the SAT, it’s a good idea to

show your work in your test booklet

in the event that this happens to you. This way you can more easily prove that you didn’t cheat.

In these circumstances, or if a teacher reports cheating, the College Board might compare your answers with the answers of those sitting next to you to try to rule out any foul play.

Cause 3: Irregularities at Your Testing Site

Another possible reason for score delay would be

irregularities at the testing site.

As an example, this happened during the

June 6, 2015 SAT

, when some students got an extra five minutes on what should have been a 20-minute section.

Cause 4: They’re Just Being Slow

Finally, the reason might simply be that

the College Board is running behind.

They have a ton of tests to grade from students all over the US and world.

If you know other students from your testing center or even testing room who’ve gotten back their scores, you should

take action

: call the College Board to try to get to the bottom of it.

Speaking of which, how do you know whether others have received their SAT scores?


Guys, what’s the news?

Where to Check If Others Have Received Their SAT Scores

On plenty of discussion forums, students get up early (or stay up late, depending on the time zone) and count down to the exact moment when their SAT scores are released.

The most up-to-date threads can be found on

College Confidential

, on which you can create an account and play your part in the waiting game. Again,

release times vary,

so there’s really no use getting stressed and losing sleep over it. Your scores will be there when you wake up in the morning!

For students who test at their schools with their peers, you’ll likely hear through general word of mouth who got their scores (and whether they were psyched or disappointed).

Make sure to

have your College Board username and password on hand

so you can easily sign into your account and view your scores. You can also see whether colleges got your scores. Just go to the “My Scores Sent To” page. If they were sent, the page will say “received” for each college. If not, it will say “pending.”

Once you get your SAT scores, you can decide whether you’re


with the outcome or want (and have time) to retake the test.


Do your SAT scores give you a happy face or a sad face?

What to Do Once You Receive Your SAT Scores

While you shouldn’t stay up all night wondering, “When will I get my SAT scores?” and trying to will your scores to appear on-screen, you’ll benefit from checking the same day they’re released. Why? The sooner you check, the sooner you can figure out

whether you’re satisfied with your scores or see room for improvement.

Here are two options for what to do once you get your SAT scores:

Option 1: Send Additional Score Reports to Colleges

If you’re satisfied with your scores and have more than four schools to send them to, start

sending additional score reports

to colleges.

Make sure to send these colleges your SAT scores as soon as you can so that your colleges will receive them before the application deadline.

Additional score reports are not free and cost

$12 per report

(if you were eligible for a registration fee waiver, however,

you can get these reports free as well


If you need your scores to get to your colleges sooner, you can opt for

rush reporting

, which costs

an extra $31

(on top of the $12 per report). This service sends score reports to schools within two to four business days.

Option 2: Retake the SAT

Not satisfied with your scores? If you have time before your

college application deadlines

and will put in the effort to prep, it’s a good idea to

retake the SAT


You can base your decision to retest on several factors.

Ask yourself these questions

in order to determine whether you would benefit from taking the SAT again:

  • What’s your

    target score

  • How much prep have you already put in?
  • How much more time do you have to prepare before your next test?
  • How many times have you already taken the SAT, and what improvement have you seen?

On a related note, because a lot of

colleges superscore the SAT


you won’t have to worry about accidentally scoring worse on one or more sections.

(If you’re prepping effectively, however, this is unlikely anyway!)


Make sure to send your official score reports to all your colleges.

Recap: When Do You Get Your SAT Scores?

In closing, let’s go over the most important points to remember about receiving your SAT scores.

After you finish taking the SAT, you’ll have to wait

about two weeks

to get your scores back (five weeks if taking the June SAT). If you took the SAT with Essay, expect to get your Essay score

about a week

after you get your multiple-choice scores online.

You can check to see whether others have gotten their SAT scores by browsing online forums such as College Confidential or by talking with your peers at school.

Once you get your scores, your two main options are to either

send additional score reports to schools

(if satisfied with your scores) or

sign up for a retake

(if dissatisfied with your scores).

Don’t forget to factor any extra time you need into your plans so you can ensure your scores will be able to get to your schools in time!

What’s Next?

After you get your SAT scores, you can decide if you’re satisfied or if you want to test again.

But what exactly are you aiming to score? This article goes over

what low scores, good scores, and excellent scores are

. Check it out so you can

determine your own target SAT score


Are you looking to

improve your score

on a specific section of the SAT?

Read our advice and strategies for improving your scores on the SAT




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