Writing the SAT, working hard with swift test prep, and doing practice tests can be taxing. But awaiting the results also can become quite stressful as well. After getting the SAT results, the students can plan to apply for college admissions, and hence it is a crucial aspect. The SAT score report depends on various factors, such as the date of the test and the test center as well.  

What is the duration of SAT Score Results to be out? 

Typically, SAT Scores can be viewed 13 days after the day you have given the test. For Essay scores, it would take two days longer. As SAT tests are taken on Saturdays, the result will come after the second Saturday of the date of the test appearance. The colleges will receive the SAT scores after ten days of the release of the essay score. 

To understand more about the schedules, here is the schedule for the year 2020-21 

SAT Test Date  Multiple-Choice Scores Release Date  Essay Score Release Date  Colleges Receive Scores By 
December 5, 2020  December 18, 2020  December 21, 2020  January 2, 2021 
March 13, 2021  March 26, 2021  April 3, 2021  April 13, 2021 
May 8, 2021  May 21, 2021  May 28, 2021  June 7, 2021 
June 5, 2021  July 14, 2021  July 21, 2021  July 31, 2021 

 The score release schedule for the year 2021-22: 

SAT Test Date  Multiple-Choice Scores Release Date  Essay Score Release Date  Colleges Receive Scores By 
August 28, 2021  September 10, 2021  September 13, 2021  September 25, 2021 
October 2, 2021  October 15, 2021  October 18, 2021  October 29, 2021 
November 6, 2021  November 19, 2021  November 22, 2021  December 3, 2021 
December 4, 2021  December 17, 2021  December 20, 2021  January 1, 2022 
March 12, 2022  March 25, 2022  March 28, 2022  April 9, 2022 
May 7, 2022  May 20, 2022  May 23, 2022  June 4, 2022 
June 4, 2022  July 13, 2022  July 13, 2022  July 25, 2022 

Source: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores/getting-scores 

Is there any particular time for the release of the scores? 

The scores are usually released at 5 AM EST, but it depends on the test date and the test-taking place. 

When do the SAT Scores Reach the Schools? 

The colleges receive the SAT scores reports from the college board weekly, usually on Wednesdays. As per the student’s request, the scores can also be sent on a rolling basis.  

Rush reporting is also an option for the students who want to send their scores rapidly to the college – for faster admissions. The scores are delivered three times a week in this option: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This can happen after the actual SAT score is released; hence one should be wary of when the scores are out online. 

How can I view my SAT Score? 

The quick way to access SAT results is by logging through the College Board account online. If there is no account, one can create a new account. 

Why does the SAT Score take a Long Time? 

Many students wonder why the SAT score results take a long time because it is the main aspect of college admissions. Here is the process of what happens after the student takes the SAT score: 

  • Your test answers are delivered to the College Board scoring headquarters for evaluation. 
  • The answer sheet is scanned thoroughly, and the raw score is calculated based on how many questions you got right or wrong. 
  • The essay, if taken-  is scored by two human graders. This aspect takes a long time for the evaluation process as it is thoroughly checked. The various aspects of the essay – including the vocabulary, expression of the language, grammar, and how well the student has written – cater to the topic.  
  • Your raw score is then converted to the 1600 scale using that test’s scaling rubric. This represents the final SAT score that can be eligible for college admissions.  

As thousands of students apply for SAT every year, it takes time for the detailed evaluation and delivery of test results.  

Understanding the SAT Score: 

There are various classifications in which the SAT score is understood in the following ways: 

  1. Composite Score: This is a straightforward way of the SAT score that ranges from 400 to 1600 points from two sections, namely Math and and and and Evidence-Based English-Writing, which are 800 points each. The College Board redesigned the test in 2016 with the intent of an “average” total score being 1000—squarely in the middle of the 400 minimum score and 1600 maximum score.  
  2. Percentile Score: AA’s better scientific way of understanding your SAT score is to use percentiles. The College Board publishes an annual report that lists two ways of percentiles, one as a Nationally Representative Sample and one as a User Percentile. The former compares your score to typical high school juniors and seniors, and the latter compares you to actual SAT test-takers. The User Percentile is more useful as a data point. Your User percentile tells you how you “ranked” compared to other test-takers. For example, if you scored in the 50% percentile, you scored at or above 50% of other SAT students.  
  3. Subscores:  The SAT also delivers seven subscores ranging from 1-15, four from the Reading and Writing and Language Sections (Command of Evidence, Words in Context, Expression of Ideas, and Standard English Conventions), and three from the Math test. They are also color-coded to make identifying strengths and weaknesses easy—green meaning on track for college readiness, yellow translating to close to being on track for college readiness to continue strengthening skills, and red signaling a need to enhance skills. Subscores are an excellent way for students to identify where to focus their energy if they plan to retake the SAT!  

The Final Word: 

The timing of the SAT scores coming out depends on the type of exam given (along with Main section and Essay Writing), the test center, and, and, and, and various ways to assess the SAT score. The students need to be vigilant about the score results to plan college admissions effectively.