As schools continue to navigate uncertainties due to the coronavirus, the top priorities for College Board are the health and safety of students and educators. All weekend test centers must adhere to local public health guidelines and follow College Board requirements.
There is limited testing capacity in certain areas due to public health restrictions and high demand. While College Board can't directly control test center capacity and availability, we're working to ensure as many students as possible are able to test safely.
Test centers make individual decisions about whether to administer the SAT, and they may close before the administration, right up until test day. We are asking test centers to report closures to College Board as soon as possible in order to help ensure students are informed and to reduce stress and uncertainty ahead of test day.
Make sure we can get in touch with you by email and/or text message if your center decides to close or reduce capacity between now and test day. Students should frequently check email and the test center closure page before and on test day to confirm their center is open. Test centers may have closed or rescheduled to a makeup date at the last minute even if there is still an active admission ticket. If this happens, students will be notified that they shouldn’t report to their test center, and they'll receive a follow up notification after the test day to confirm whether a makeup is available or if they will receive a refund.
Upcoming SAT Weekend Administrations, Including Health and Safety Requirements
College Board is providing weekend SAT or SAT Subject Test administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new SAT administration on September 26, and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7 (domestic SAT, international Subject Tests), and December 5. Please note that as the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic continues to evolve, we will continue to monitor the situation and will let you know if circumstances change closer to the test dates.
Local schools and test centers make individual decisions about whether to administer the SAT. All weekend test centers must adhere to local public health guidelines and follow College Board requirements:
- All students and staff are required to wear a mask or protective face covering during an SAT administration. Students won't be allowed in the test center without a mask, which is required for the duration of testing.
- Students must be seated at least 6 feet apart during testing.
- Students must confirm a series of statements (more below) prior to entering the test center or testing room.
- Students who violate the requirements put in place by their test center or College Board should be dismissed from the test center; if this happens their scores will be canceled and they won't receive a refund.
The CDC recommends taking additional precautions such as:
- Requiring and/or providing gloves, hand sanitizer, or other personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Posting signs in highly visible locations (e.g., school entrances, restrooms, etc.) that promote protective measures.
- Encouraging students and staff to practice regular handwashing and stay home if they're sick.
If students don't feel well on test day, please stay home. You'll be able to transfer your registration to another test date at no charge through September. If you'd rather cancel your registration, you'll be issued a full refund. Contact Customer Service between test day and the next business day (Monday, 5 p.m. ET) to make this request.
SAT Test Center Covid-19 Safety Screening
When students arrive on test day, and before letting them into a test center, testing staff will administer a short survey before letting students into a test center to determine if a student should be sent home due to sickness. Testing staff will administer this survey verbally to all students, and deny entry to any student who doesn't confirm all the statements below or refuses to answer them.
- In the past 14 days, I have not come into close contact (within 6 feet) with someone who has tested positive for covid-19 test or is presumed to have covid-19.
- I do not have covid-19 or have reason to believe I have covid-19. Symptoms of covid-19 include cough, fever, chills, muscle pain, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.
- To my knowledge, I am not violating any travel restrictions or quarantining requirements.
- I agree to wear a mask the entire time I'm at this test center and follow instructions from test center staff, otherwise I will be dismissed.
- We have taken measures to help create a safe testing environment; however, it isn't possible to entirely remove the risk of covid-19 exposure. By entering the testing room, you're accepting that risk.
Test Center Availability and Capacity
This year, many schools and test centers will have reduced capacity because of social distancing guidelines, and they may encounter unexpected closures. Because of public health restrictions and high demand, there is limited seating capacity for students testing in certain areas. While College Board can't directly control capacity and test center availability, we're working to ensure that as many students as possible are able to test safely. Get the latest SAT test center capacity updates.
If you can't find a test center when you first try to register, try again by logging back into My SAT, selecting the registration you started, and then follow the required steps. On the Select Your Test Center page, you'll see any new seats added in your area.
If you can't find a nearby test center with availability on your preferred test date, be sure to check other dates.
Registration for all SAT tests is open for all students.
If you are unable to find a seat in a test center near you, please check other dates.
Please know that colleges understand that there are limited opportunities for students to take a college entrance exam due to covid. Most colleges are not requiring a test score for the upcoming admissions cycle. While almost all still accept scores, most are rightfully being flexible for students who submit scores later or who did not have a chance to test more than once. You should check the college’s website for the most updated information on their application requirements.
Eligible students can register with a fee waiver.
A Note About Late Registration
The late registration fee has been waived for the August 29, September 26, and October 3 SAT test dates.
Fall 2020 SAT Dates
Potential Test Center Closures
Schools and test centers continue to discuss the extent to which they'll be open this fall, and we know educators will be facing uncertainties as they prepare to administer the SAT.
The September 26 and October 3 administrations are scheduled to proceed as planned. We are checking with test centers to confirm they will be open and we encourage test centers to report closures as early as possible so we can help ensure students are informed ahead of test day. Important: Test centers that decide they need to close or reduce the number of students who can test due to social distancing restrictions should contact College Board as soon as possible so we can help ensure students are informed ahead of test day. The last day to confirm you will administer the September and/or October SAT is September 14.
If a test center decides to close, students will receive direct notification from College Board, though there may be a delay between the test center closing and the email notification. We also recommend students check directly with the test center, including the test center’s website, on the morning of the test.
College Admissions Information
The College Board has asked colleges to extend deadlines for receiving test scores and to equally consider students for admission who are unable to take the test due to covid-19. We are asking member colleges to provide flexibility to students in three ways:
- Accepting scores as late as possible in their process, especially by extending score deadlines for early action and early decision to take some pressure off students and give them more time to test and send their scores.
- Equally considering students for admission who are unable to take the test due to covid-19 as those who submitted scores. (The College Board will keep colleges up to date on testing availability).
- Recognizing that students who do submit scores may not have been able to test more than once. (e.g., taking into account that students who tested as high school juniors but who could not as seniors would have likely achieved score gains).
And it's more important than ever to pay close attention to the context in which all students live and learn as they make admissions decisions.
Resources and Support
To help students keep their college readiness skills sharp when many schools are closed or delayed in opening, College Board and Khan Academy® will continue to provide free resources online, including full-length practice tests and personalized learning tools.
Together with our member schools and colleges, we will be flexible, thoughtful, and collaborative in exploring ways to continue to support student learning and provide opportunities to test during this challenging time.
Our focus will remain on student safety and ensuring students have the tools they need and the opportunities to succeed on their path to college.
Please check this page regularly for updates.
If you have questions or concerns about your scheduled testing with College Board programs, please contact us as soon as possible. Given the high volume of inquiries, wait times may be longer than normal.
Email: Contact SAT Support
Phone (domestic): 866-756-7346
Phone (international): +1-212-713-7789
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Phone (domestic): 888-477-7728
Phone (international): +1-212-237-1335
Updated Customer Service Hours
To better support you throughout this crisis, and in compliance with local, state, and federal safety regulations, College Board phone support hours are now 9 a.m.—6 p.m. ET, Monday—Friday.
In-School Assessments (PSAT 8/9, PSAT/NMSQT, SAT School Day)
Supports for In-School Assessments: Fall 2020–January 2021
We know that states, districts, and schools are currently discussing how to safely open schools and may face last-minute closures. To make it easier for schools to meet health guidelines and requirements, College Board is offering flexibility with administration dates and has adapted policies and procedures to support schools in administering SAT® School Day, PSAT/NMSQT®, or PSAT™ 8/9.
Revised Test Dates
We have revised some of the original test dates and added new administrations to provide more testing options on different days of the week.
- Wednesday, October 14, 2020
- Saturday, October 17, 2020
- Thursday, October 29, 2020 (Revised, originally October 28)
- NEW Tuesday, January 26, 2021 (Only added for the 2020–2021 school year)
Schools can administer the PSAT/NMSQT on one date or across multiple available test dates, but students may only take the PSAT/NMSQT once. You can your order across multiple test dates or reorder for a new test date.
New January 26, 2021 PSAT/NMSQT Administration:
- The January administration will have the same benefits as the October PSAT/NMSQT, including eligibility for programs administered by National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
- All flexible ordering and administering policies for fall testing are extended for the January test date, including: flexible start times, off-site testing, and testing students across multiple dates. Additionally, schools won't be charged unused test fees.
- We'll send schools an email by mid-October when ordering for the January administration is open.
- Schools can choose from any of the October and January administrations to test their students. Ordering for the three October test dates is available now and January will open in mid-October.
- Students may only take the PSAT/NMSQT once.
- Test booklets sent for one test date can’t be used for a different test date.
- There is no minimum for the number of students who can test on any of the administration dates.
- If you already placed an order for the original alternate date (Wednesday, October 28), your order will be automatically shifted to Thursday, October 29. You must administer the PSAT/NMSQT Alternate test on the revised date of October 29 and not on October 28.
- Specific rules for Saturday testing will remain in place this fall. For example, Saturday test books must be returned immediately after test day, and score reports won’t include question-level detail.
Fall SAT School Day Test Dates:
- Wednesday, September 23 (Only added for the 2020–2021 school year)
- Wednesday, October 14
- Makeup test date: Tuesday, October 27 (Revised, originally October 28)
Schools can order for September 23, October 14, or both, and split their students across two administrations. Schools can also use the October 27 makeup administration as an additional test date; however, students testing on October 27 won't have a makeup option. If schools need to use the makeup as another test date, they can order immediately following their primary administration.
Flexible Testing Options
Based on feedback from educators, we adjusted our policies to provide schools more flexibility when administering tests and to adhere to safety and social distancing guidelines:
- Options to test across multiple dates: Schools can take advantage of multiple test administration dates to reduce the number of students reporting to school on a single test date for both PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day. This flexibility already exists for PSAT 8/9.
- Off-site testing: Schools no longer need to submit an off-site plan for approval for administering tests off-site. For SAT School Day, schools simply select the sites they want to use and order materials for those sites. This flexibility already exists for administering the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 8/9.
- Flexible start times: For SAT School Day, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 8/9, schools can start testing earlier and/or later than usual and split their students into different testing groups on a single day. All testing must start before the first group to test completes testing.
- No charge for unused tests: Schools won't be charged test fees if they're unable to administer SAT School Day, PSAT 8/9, and PSAT/NMSQT this fall. We understand the decision to test may not be made until closer to the administration dates. Please adjust your test book volumes the best you can by the ordering deadlines (August 25 for September SAT School Day and September 16 for October tests); ordering for January will open in mid-October.
Implementation Resources and Support
We know there are uncertainties and challenges with providing our assessments this year. The following resources are available to support your flexible testing choice this upcoming school year:
Fall 2020–Jan 2021 Flexible Testing Options Overview: Support for Schools Administering the SAT Suite
Schools administering the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 8/9, and Fall SAT School Day should use this guide to learn about flexible testing options.
Fall 2020–Jan 2021 Flexible Testing Options Overview: Support for International Schools Administering the SAT Suite
International schools administering PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 8/9 should use this guide to learn about flexible testing options.
Fall 2020–January 2021 Test Coordinator Supplemental Guide: Flexible Policies for Administering SAT School Day, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 8/9
Test coordinators administering the tests can use this supplement, along with their Coordinator Manual(s), to guide their implementation of our flexible testing options.
Please refer to your testing manuals for additional information about test day.
You can also visit our assessment webpages:
College Board is committed to giving you and your students a positive testing experience. We will continue to provide detailed updates for schools and districts, as well as professional learning opportunities, webinars, and other resources in the coming weeks and months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fall SAT School Day, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 8/9:
We're adapting some of our policies and procedures for administering SAT School Day, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 8/9 to provide more flexibility so schools can adhere to safety and social distancing guidelines. As many schools adopt remote learning this fall, we are expanding our testing opportunities across fall and winter for this school year. We'll continue to evaluate the situation and provide updates for spring testing.
We worked internally and in consultation with our members to consider several options, and have expanded our typical number of administrations to allow for more flexibility while maintaining fairness and test security. We added an additional SAT School Day administration in September 2020 and an additional PSAT/NMSQT in January 2021. There are already four SAT School Day administrations planned for Spring 2021. PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9 administrations are also available in spring 2021.
Yes. If you can estimate how many students will test this fall, you should place your order as soon as possible by the ordering deadlines (August 25 for September SAT School Day and September 16 for the October administrations ). Ordering for the January PSAT/NMSQT will open in mid-October.
For all administrations from September–January, schools won't be penalized for test fees should they be unable to administer tests this fall. We understand the decision to test or not test may not be made until closer to the administration dates, so please adjust your test booklet volumes the best you can by the ordering deadlines.
These options currently apply to SAT School Day, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 8/9 for administrations between September–January. We'll continue prioritizing the health and safety of students and educators as the pandemic evolves and will provide updates later this year for spring 2021 administrations.
Yes, schools can combine two or more of the options to test their students safely.
No, schools that have been approved to order test materials are not required to submit testing plans or notification of policies used to College Board.
As long as schools adhere to test administration instructions, the flexible policies won't impact the security or fairness of testing and won't affect students' eligibility for entry to the National Merit® Scholarship Program.
The January PSAT/NMSQT will have the same benefits as the October PSAT/NMSQT, including eligibility for programs administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Schools will be required to follow local public health guidelines and should be prepared to communicate all requirements to students ahead of test day. College Board supports efforts to help ensure the safety and comfort of their staff and students, such as:
- Requiring and/or providing face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, or other PPE.
- Spacing students at least 6 feet apart to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
- Encouraging students and staff to practice regular handwashing and stay home if they are sick.
Schools should refer to their test day manuals for additional guidance on administering College Board assessments. If you have questions about what’s allowed this year, you can call the following customer service numbers:
PSAT-related assessments: 888-477-7728 toll-free for educators in the United States only; +1-212-237-1335 outside of the U.S.A.
SAT School Day: 855-373-6287
As the pandemic evolves, we’ll continue to monitor the situation and provide updates about any changes or cancellations as soon as we can. We’re working with schools planning to test in the fall and have added an additional PSAT/NMSQT administration in January to provide more flexibility. There are already four SAT School Day administrations planned for spring 2021. PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9 administrations are also available in spring 2021. In all our efforts, we’ll work with you to ensure health and safety, provide opportunities to test, and maintain fairness and security.
Due to covid-19, we understand schools are exploring different schedules in order to prioritize the health and safety of staff and students. We have revised some of the original test dates to provide choices on different days of the week and more options for schools.
We'll automatically update your order to the revised PSAT/NMSQT Alternate administration. For example, if you previously placed an order for the PSAT/NMSQT administration on October 28, we'll automatically update your order to the corresponding revised date of Thursday, October 29. If the new date does not work for you, please adjust your order by September 16 (our order deadline).
No. The test must be administered on the test administration dates listed below:
- October 14, 2020
- October 17, 2020
- October 29, 2020 (your test materials will refer to October 28, but please only administer the test on October 29)
- January 26, 2021
To ensure the test is administered fairly, it must be given on the same day(s) for all schools. Scores will be made ineligible for scholarship consideration or may be canceled for schools that administer the test on the wrong day.
January PSAT/NMSQT test books must be returned to College Board after testing.
Students can expect scores by mid-March 2021. Score reports won't include question-level detail.