SAT Scores | College Board releases results


Standardized tests and SAT scores are on most college-bound seniors' minds. Image from Flickr.

Getting SAT scores used to mean waiting by the mailbox to rip open the letter from the College Board. Now, on the days SAT scores are released, all students have to do is log into the College Board website. Important as they are, though, there is debate about whether SAT scores are really the indicator of success that colleges consider them.

SAT Scores online

If you took the SAT test on or before May 1 of this year, then the College Board has your SAT scores online. The scores are available at At the same time SAT scores are released online, your test scores are released to your colleges, as well as to your high school and in a paper report.

Want to increase your SAT Scores?

It is possible to re-take the SAT test if you want to increase your SAT scores. The College Board, however, and many test-prep companies are admitting that re-taking the test does not necessarily increase scores. Some test-prep companies cost $2,000 – a cost many students or their parents end up looking into personal loan companies to pay. The Princeton Review used to claim that its test-review program would increase scores by 255 points or more. Under investigation by the Better Business Bureau and others, Princeton Review has stopped making that claim.

College Board SAT Scores not always required

It may seem like SAT scores – or the lesser-used ACT scores from the College Board – are required. Yet there are 844 accredited colleges in the United States that do not require SAT scores. Some schools have decided that SAT scores simply do not indicate a student’s future success at their school. Re-hashing most of the old arguments about standardized tests, these schools have simply decided it’s not worth it. These schools, known as “testing optional” schools, rely instead on the student’s performance in and out of the classroom to determine admission.

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