If you’re looking for information on how to register your child for the SAT, here are some nuts and bolts about the process:
Ivy League Tutoring strongly recommends that you order and pay for the SAT Question-And-Answer Service at the time of registration in order to receive a copy of the test booklet, a list of your child’s answers, the answer key and information about the type and level of difficulty of each test question. Materials are mailed 2-3 weeks after scores are released. This service will provide your child with the opportunity to review the questions they missed (with a tutor or independently) and to improve upon their score.
SAT scores are available for online viewing on your SAT web account 2-3 weeks after your testing date.
If your child registered for the test online and wants to receive an official paper score report in addition to the online score report, he or she must request it at the time of registration. If your child registered by mail, he or she will automatically be sent a paper score report.
As soon as online score reports are available, the College Board will begin sending SAT score reports to the colleges your child selected at the time of registration. Alternatively, you can also wait until after scores are available online to choose which colleges, if any, to send the score report to.
The SAT registration fee includes four free score reports to send to colleges, and additional score reports can be sent for an additional fee.
Online score release dates for 2015/16 testing dates are available here.
Ivy League Tutoring strongly recommends that you order the SAT Question-And-Answer Service at the time of registration in order to receive a copy of the test booklet, a list of your child’s answers, the answer key and information about the type and level of difficulty of each test question. Materials are mailed 2-3 weeks after scores are released. This additional service ($18) will provide your child with the opportunity to review the questions they missed (independently or with a tutor) to improve upon their score.
“Superscoring” is when a college takes the highest sub-scores from various test dates to a get a new higher “Superscore,” also known as “Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates.” Superscoring allows for the fact that students do not always perform at their best on any one given test date. This scoring approach is used widely by many colleges across the U.S. College Board lists the individual SAT score policies of all colleges here.
College Board also offers a score reporting service Score Choice which allows students to pick and choose, in accordance with a college’s score-use policy, which scores to send to colleges. This allows students more control over and how and when colleges receive their scores. If a student opts not to use Score Choice, all test date scores will be sent to colleges.
Students in the Class of 2016 and 2017 may have taken the current SAT before Spring 2016 and then take the redesigned SAT later. We recommend that students send both scores to the colleges they apply to. As of November 2015, most colleges are undecided about whether or not they will “superscore” across both versions of the SAT.
In May 2016, the College Board will release score concordance tables on its website for the new and current SAT and the ACT. You can view a current SAT to ACT concordance table here.
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