Since the new SAT was released in March, 2016 it has taken a lot longer for scores to come out. (The March test took almost two months!) The May 6, June 3, and August 26 exams will take almost four to six weeks to be released:  June 7, July 11, and September 15 respectively. But good news! Check out this recent post on the College Board website:

New SAT Score Release Policies

We’re making changes to help students and institutions get scores more quickly. Here’s what you need to know about the 2017-18 school year:

  • October, November, December, March, and May from the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math sections will be released about two weeks after test day. Students will receive emails when those multiple-choice scores are ready.
  • Students who take the SAT with Essay will get those scores five days after their multiple-choice scores become available.
  • After students receive all their scores, you’ll see their reports in the K–12 portal as they become available on a weekly basis.
  • August and June scores may take longer—up to six weeks for all scores.

Here are 2017-2018 SAT release dates as posted by the College Board.

SAT test date                      Release date*                   Essay release date

May 6, 2017                             June 7, 2017

June 3, 2017                            July 11, 2017

August 26, 2017                     September 15, 2017             September 18, 2017

October 7, 2017                      October 20-26, 2017           October 31, 2017

November 4, 2017                 November 17-23, 2017        November 28, 2017

December 2, 2017                 December 15-21, 2017         December 26, 2017

March 10, 2018                      March 23-29, 2018              April 3, 2018

May 5, 2018                            May 18-24, 2018                  May 29, 2018

June 2, 2018                           July 11, 2018                         June 29, 2018


*NOTE: Test release dates for the August 26, 2017-May 5, 2018 tests are windows.

Scores are typically released online about 5:00 am EST on the posted release date. If yours was not been released, it could be because of one the following reasons:

  1. Random test audit: The College Board often does random audits to ensure scoring accuracy. It will not affect your test score, just delay it a bit. You would typically get a letter notifying you of the audit. If not, call College Board to find out the status of your test release. (Be prepared to be put on hold!)
  2. Your test was flagged: Sometimes there’s a downside to making a huge jump in test scores. (This once happened to a student I worked with several years ago. Ultimately, there was a happy ending!) College Board will do a rescore to check for accuracy. College Board will also look at your test booklet to make sure you hadn’t cheated. (Another reason to be sure to use the strategies taught which encourage a lot of writing down, circling and underlining!) College Board may compare your answers to students sitting near you if a teacher did report cheating.
  3. Testing site irregularities: The June 6, 2016 made mistake in the timing printed on some test booklets. They ultimately cancelled one of the three reading and/or math sections. Some of my students were NOT happy! IFYI: In the 39 years I’ve been doing test preparation, I had NEVER seen that happen before.
  4. It’s the College Board!: As I had mentioned, since the test change in March, 2016 the timing for the score release has been taking longer – clearly they’re having some problems relative to the changes compounded by the fact that more and more students in the US and worldwide are taking the SAT.

How to retrieve your scores: Go to the College Board site and log on with your user name and password. If your scores are released, you will see them there.

If you chose to send your scores to colleges, go to the ‘my scores sent to’ page. If they have been sent, the page will say ‘received’ by each college; if not received, it will say ‘pending’.

Now that you have your scores, should you retake and when?

Generally speaking, if those scores are what your teen’s had been getting on practice tests, and they were your student’s score goal, sit tight. If you find after visiting colleges, your teen needs a higher score, then retake. (Seniors can take tests through December for regular admissions, typically until November for early admission.)

If your still not sure if and when to retake, feel free to give me a call as they’re usually several variables involved in deciding if and when to retake.

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