When Are SAT Scores Released? The Complete 2019-2020 Dates

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What’s harder than studying for the SAT? You might think that’s the first half of a bad joke, but in our experience, prepping for the SAT isn’t always the hardest part—it’s the waiting that sometimes really gets you. All that studying and stress gets poured into your work on a single test, and then you have to sit and wait to find out how you did.


So, how long exactly can you expect to wait for your SAT scores? The short answer is that it depends on when you took it. To learn more, including the score release dates for the 2019-2020 SAT test administrations, keep reading.


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How Long Does It Take To Get Your SAT Scores Back?

In general, the first test scores become available online about 13 days after you take the test. The exact date varies according to the date you took the SAT and according to your region, as not all test scores are released on the same date.


The first scores released will be for the multiple choice portion of your test. This includes the Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores, and also includes your cumulative score. These scores are usually available online 13-19 days after you take the test, though for some summer test administrations it can take up five  weeks.


When Is Your SAT Essay Score Available?

When you check your scores initially, you will probably only see your cumulative score and section scores. These won’t include the optional essay section, even if you chose to take this part of the test. Essays take a little longer to score because they are physically reviewed by two essay scorers, rather than being scanned by a machine as the multiple choices are. Your essay score is generally available about five days after your multiple choice scores are released.



When Are Your SAT Subject Test Scores Available?

Subject test scores are released on the same schedule as the multiple-choice scores for regular SATs, except for the August date—the Subject Test scores are released on September 6, 2019.


This means that if you plan to take SAT Subject Tests on October 5, 2019, your scores will be released on October 18, 2019, the first day of the window during which scores on the regular SAT begin are released.


SAT Score Release Dates 2019-2020


SAT Test Date Multiple-Choice Scores Release Date Essay Score Release Date
August 24, 2019  September 16, 2019  September 18, 2019
October 5, 2019 October 18-24, 2019 October 29, 2019
November 2, 2019 November 15-21, 2019 November 26, 2019
December 7, 2019  December 20-26, 2019 December 31, 2019 
March 14, 2020 March 27-31, 2020 April 5, 2020 
May 2, 2020 May 15-21, 2020 May 25, 2020
June 6, 2020  July 15, 2020 July 15, 2020 

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How Do I Get My SAT Scores?

The easiest and quickest way to receive your SAT scores is through your online CollegeBoard account. Simply visit the CollegeBoard homepage, and click on the blue box that prompts you to login with your username and password. Then, click on the “My SAT” link underneath your name. You’ll then be able to view all your available test scores, listed by test date.



Keeping Track of Test Dates and Score Release Dates

It can be tricky to track all these dates, especially if you’re also juggling AP tests and SAT Subject Tests. We recommend keeping a calendar all these dates clearly noted on it. Some students find that a physical calendar provides the visual reminder that they need to stay organized. Others prefer to use a virtual calendar or app to help keep track. If this is the method you choose, we recommend that you set alerts for important dates so that they don’t go unnoticed.



What If I Didn’t Get the Score I Wanted?

If you didn’t get the SAT score you were hoping for, don’t stress. Unless it’s December of your senior year, you probably have time to improve significantly before you apply to college. If you want to improve your score, review the SAT calendar and set your sights on a new test date. Then, go over your complete score report to get a better idea of what areas tripped you up the most. Focus on these areas to improve your score over the next few weeks.


For more information about improving your SAT score, check out these important CollegeVine posts:


Tips to Prepare Yourself for Your SAT Test Day

How to Pace Yourself on Every Section of the SAT

Five SAT Strategies You Should Know

10 Tips to Prepare for the SAT


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To learn more about SAT scores, check out these posts:


How Your SAT Score Impacts Your College Admissions

The CollegeVine Guide to SAT Scores: All Your Questions Answered

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Kate Sundquist
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Kate Koch-Sundquist is a graduate of Pomona College where she studied sociology, psychology, and writing before going on to receive an M.Ed. from Lesley University. After a few forays into living abroad and afloat (sometimes at the same time), she now makes her home north of Boston where she works as a content writer and, with her husband, raises two young sons who both inspire her and challenge her on a daily basis.