SAT Test Registration Fee

Instructor: Donna Smith
Fees differ depending on whether you're taking the regular SAT or an SAT Subject Test. Here you'll learn about the different costs associated with testing in the U.S. and abroad.

SAT Registration Fees by Test

All U.S. and international students can register for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests through the College Board website. The standard SAT costs $46 if you register by the regular registration deadline. With the optional essay, the cost is $60.

You can take up to three SAT Subject Tests on one testing date, and for each date you register, you'll pay a general fee of $26. In addition to this fee, you'll pay per test. Languages with listening Subject Tests cost $26 each (these are only available in November) and the rest of the Subject Tests cost $21 each.

Late Fees

You can register after the regular registration deadline by paying a $29 late fee. The deadline for late registration is between one and two weeks from the test date. If you miss the late registration deadline, you can apply online to be waitlisted as many as five days out from the test. The waitlist fee is $49, which is on top of the regular registration fee.

Other Fees

You must register online or by mail the first time you register for any SAT test. After that, you can register by phone, but an additional $15 will be charged. You can make changes in your testing date, location or test type up until roughly two weeks out from the test, but any change will cost you $29. If you test at an international test site, you'll pay an additional fee for processing, which can range from $35 to $53, depending on the region. Here's a list of regions and the fees:

  • Africa (Sub-Saharan) - $38
  • Americas - $38
  • East Asia/Pacific - $53
  • Europe and Eurasia - $40
  • Middle East/North Africa - $47
  • South and Central Asia - $49

How to Pay

You can't use cash to pay your registration fees, but other options are available, such as check or money order for registration by mail. A credit card or PayPal may be used when registering online. Types of credit cards you can use include the following:

  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Discover
  • JCB
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

You can also use a check, money order, or bank draft from an American bank.

Fee Waiver

You can talk to your high school counselor to determine your eligibility for an SAT or SAT Subject Test fee waiver. You must meet at least one of the criteria below to qualify:

  • Enrolled in or qualified for the National School Lunch Program
  • Family income level meets the Income Eligibility Guidelines
  • Participates in federal, state or local programs for low-income families
  • Recipient of public assistance
  • Homeless, lives in subsidized housing or in foster care
  • Orphan or ward of the state

Registration Information and Test Prep

You'll discover a number of courses that prepare you for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests on Courses contain fun video lessons and several practice opportunities with quizzes and exams. Use the Dashboard to ask the instructors any questions that you have. Get ready for the SAT or an SAT Subject Test with the following courses:

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SAT Subject Test Prep

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