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.
There is limited testing capacity in certain areas due to public health restrictions and high demand. While the College Board cannot directly control test center capacity and availability, we're working to ensure as many students as possible are able to test safely.
Test centers may close before the administration. We are asking test centers to report closures to the College Board as soon as possible in order to help ensure students are informed and to reduce stress and uncertainty ahead of test day. We also recommend students check directly with the test center, including the test center's website, on the morning of the test.
Upcoming SAT Weekend Administrations, Including Health and Safety Measures
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. We'll also add a test date in January 2021 if there is demand for it. 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 to wear a mask or protective face covering during an SAT administration
- Students must be seated at least six feet apart during testing
- Students must confirm a series of statements (more below) prior to entering the test center or testing room
The CDC recommends taking additional precautions such as:
- Requiring and/or providing gloves, hand sanitizer, or other PPE.
- Posting signs in highly visible locations (e.g., school entrances, restrooms) that promote protective measures.
- Encouraging students and staff to practice regular handwashing and stay home if they are sick.
If students don't feel well on test day, please stay home. You will be able to transfer your registration to another test date at no charge through September. If you would rather cancel your registration, you will 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 cannot directly control capacity and test center availability, we are working to ensure that as many students as possible are able to test safely.
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 are being flexible with their application requirements this year; in some cases, they are extending deadlines and/or allowing students to submit scores after deadlines pass. Check college websites to get the most accurate information on their policies and deadlines.
Eligible students can register with a fee waiver.
A Note About the August SAT
The late registration fee has been waived for the August 29 administration.
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 August 29 administration is 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 August SAT is August 17.
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
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
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 Fall 2020 In-School Assessments
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, the 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 this fall.
Revised Test Dates
We have revised some of the original test dates to provide testing options on different days of the week:
PSAT/NMSQT: The alternate test date is now on Thursday, October 29.
- Primary date: Wednesday, October 14
- Saturday date: Saturday, October 17
- Alternate test date (Revised): Thursday, October 29
For the PSAT/NMSQT, schools can administer the test on one or across multiple available test dates: October 14, October 17, and October 29.
Important to Note:
- By mid-August schools will be able to select multiple PSAT/NMSQT administration dates in the test ordering site. If you already placed an order for the original alternate date (Wednesday, October 28), your order will be automatically shifted to Thursday, October 29. To split your order across multiple test dates or to reorder for a new test date, please visit ordering.collegeboard.org.
- Please 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 will not include question-level detail.
SAT School Day: The makeup test date is now on Tuesday, October 27.
- Primary dates:
- Wednesday, September 23 (Added for fall 2020 only)
- Wednesday, October 14
- Makeup test date (Revised): Tuesday, October 27
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, but students testing on October 27 will not have a makeup option. If schools need to utilize the makeup as another test date, they will be able to order immediately following their primary administration.
Note: These date options apply for the administration of SAT School Day and the PSAT/NMSQT in school for fall 2020 only. Schools can use each date option independently or in combination with another date option.
Flexible Testing Options
After hearing feedback from educators on what support they need to successfully administer tests this fall, we adjusted our policies to provide schools more flexibility when administering tests and 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 will not be charged test fees if they are 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).
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 Flexible Testing Options Guide: Support for Schools Administering the SAT Suite
Schools administering the Fall 2020 SAT School Day, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 8/9 should use this guide to learn about flexible testing options.
Fall 2020 Flexible Testing Options Guide: Support for International Schools Administering the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 8/9
International schools administering the Fall 2020 PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 8/9 should use this guide to learn about 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
We're adapting some of our policies and procedures for administering SAT School Day, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 8/9 in school this fall, and providing flexibility options so that schools can adhere to safety and social distancing guidelines.
We worked internally and in consultation with our members to consider several options, and these are the ones that allow us to balance flexibility, fairness, and test security.
Yes, if you are able to estimate how many students will test this fall, you should place your order as soon as possible (by the ordering deadline).
Schools will not be penalized for test fees should they not be able 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 book orders by the ordering deadlines.
These options currently apply to fall 2020 only. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and will provide updates later this year for testing in 2021 and beyond. We will continue prioritizing the health and safety of students and educators.
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 will not impact the security or fairness of testing and will not affect students' eligibility for National Merit Scholarships.
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 will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates about any changes or cancellations as soon as we can. We are working with schools planning to test in the fall and asking them to let us know as soon as possible if they decide to close in the fall.
In all our efforts, we will work with you to protect health and safety, opportunities to test, and fairness and security. Thank you for all that you do to support the safety and well-being of students.
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).
To ensure the test is administered fairly, it must be given on the same day for all schools on October 29. Scores will be made ineligible for scholarship consideration or may be cancelled for schools that administer the test on the wrong day. If the revised test date does not work for you, please adjust your order in the test ordering site.