Annually, a lot of students apply for SAT examination in order to design the career of their dreams. A good SAT score is a crucial step to get into top colleges and the Ivy League. While the student registers for SAT and just when the D-Day approaches, they might feel confident or concerned about taking the test. In such situations, canceling SAT registration is the only option left.  Or the student might also change their mind by applying for the ACT instead and apply for colleges that do not need SAT scores for admission. 

The first reaction about canceling an SAT registration can be panic. The students get worried about the steps required to do cancel SAT Registration. We bring you a step-by-step guide in canceling the SAT Registration: 

There are some important factors to be considered about the process: 

  1. Is it possible for me to cancel the SAT test? 
  2. Is there an option for a refund if I cancel the SAT test? 
  3. Is Will canceling the SAT registration impact the career record? 
  4. To change the SAT test date, should I cancel the test and re-register / or reschedule? 
  5. Is there any specific date before which I can successfully cancel the registration? 

Cancelling SAT Registration- without a Refund: 

There would be some situations where the student cannot appear for the SAT after successful registration In such a scenario, the student wouldn’t mind skipping a refund as well. The best way to cancel the SAT Registration without a refund would be to just not appearing for the test.  Not showing up for the test will not affect the student’s record- so there is no issue about impacting the career plans. The College Board considers this as a missed test and the record is not kept intact.  

The big disadvantage with this option is losing the refund money that was paid during the SAT application. However, if the circumstances are too unavoidable, the student can cancel their SAT appearance, take time to prepare better, and re-apply. 

Canceling SAT Registration- with a Partial Refund: 

The bad news is- once the student decides to cancel SAT registration, they can get only a partial refund.  Hence, academic experts say that it is wise to rethink twice before canceling the test.  

How can I get a refund? 

The College Board states that students who don’t want to transfer their registration to another test date or location should contact Customer Service and get things done. After calling the customer service and getting credentials checked, a partial $10 is processed which is 1/5th of the fee paid.   

Note that the student should call five days before the exam date to apply for the refund. After this last date, there is no option to get a refund. 

It is also to be noted that, once the student cancels the registration- there is no looking back. Therefore, the student needs to think very well before going for this option. 

Refunding Question and Answer Service 

If the student opts for the Question and Answer Service but planning to SAT registration, The fee can be most likely refunded.  

The student must call Customer Service in order to get the refund processed. Any additional score reports that the student needs are also refundable if they are absent on the test date.  

Refunds are processed six weeks after the test date. 

What is the difference between Not taking the test and the Cancellation of SAT? 

This is the most commonly asked question that concerns the students and parents. In fact, there is no serious difference between not taking the test and cancellation of the examination.  As the college board doesn’t count the absence as a negative blot on their academic career. 

The basic difference between these two options is the monetary factor. If the student chooses to cancel the exam with a refund, $10 will be refunded. The refund also applies for the question-and-answer service for which the student paid the money. 

Can I change the SAT date? 

It is a well-known fact that SAT is conducted seven times a year. Sometimes, the student feels a little less confident about taking up the test and decides to reschedule the test day for a later time. A $29 additional fee is required to reschedule the test and this can be done anytime. 

  • Sign in to your College Board account. 
  • On the “My SAT” page, you’ll see the tests you’re registered for. Click “Change Registration” under the test that you want to reschedule. 
  • You’ll next see a new page with your SAT admission ticket information on it. At the bottom of the page, click “Change my test date.” 
  • You’ll be brought to a new page where, under “Test Date”, you can see the new SAT date(s) you can change to. Select the one that works best for you. 
  • Next, select your test center, confirm your personal information is correct, and pay the reschedule fee. 
  • When you’re finished, you’ll receive an email confirmation and a new admission ticket with your updated test date. 

Contact Details of SAT Exam Customer Service: 

Here are the contact details that the student can reach out to for either canceling or rescheduling the examination: 

By online form:

The best and fastest way to get this done is by calling the following customer care numbers: 

Domestic : 866-756-7346 

International: 212-713-7789 

Services for students with disabilities : 212-713-8333 

TTY (for deaf or hearing impaired) Domestic : 888-857-247 

TTY (for deaf or hearing impaired) International : 609-882-4118 

SAT Registration Cancellation in a Nutshell: 

The student can cancel five days before the test date to get a $10 refund that is 1/5th of the fee paid. After this deadline, it is not possible to get a refund. The refund is usually taken six weeks to complete. 

If the student doesn’t just appear for the test, it is considered a missed test and no record will be affected by this. 

If the student has already taken the test and would like to cancel it, they need to apply for cancellation exclusively. There are strict deadlines on this- ideally the following Wednesday after appearing for the test.