The Waiting Game Part II

Posted by Gerrin T. Alexander

July 30, 2019 at 9:30 AM

Scores Post-Test

How Long?

Any real Star Wars fan knows that Yoda never says “Patience you must have, my young padawan” (don’t at me on this because I know I’m right), but the quote nonetheless applies to the dreadful wait for your SAT results. The SAT score results are viewable starting at at least 13 days after taking the exam or 15 days if you took the exam with the essay portion. They have often been released on the second Friday after your Saturday morning exam at around 2 am (PCT) or some time later in the day.

And what if they aren’t? Well, you probably took the summer test in June which takes around five weeks or you took the SAT on a school day which takes anywhere from 21-28 days after the exam date.

2019-2020 SAT Score Release Date Estimates

Below are some estimates of the score release dates of the upcoming year, courtesy of @PrepScholar.

SAT Test Date Multiple-Choice Scores Release Date Essay Score Release Date Colleges Receive Scores By
Aug 24, 2019 Sept 6, 2019 Sept 9, 2019 Sept 21, 2019
Oct 5, 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Nov 2, 2019
Nov 2, 2019 Nov 15, 2019 Nov 18, 2019 Nov 30, 2019
Dec 7, 2019 Dec 20, 2019 Dec 23, 2019 Jan 4, 2020
March 14, 2020 March 27, 2020 March 30, 2020 April 11, 2020
May 2, 2020 May 15, 2020 May 18, 2020 May 30, 2020
June 6, 2020 July 15, 2020 July 15, 2020 July 27, 2020
SAT School Day Test Date Multiple-Choice Scores Release Date Essay Score Release Date Colleges Receive Scores By
Oct 16, 2019 Nov 8, 2019 Nov 11-13, 2019 Nov 23, 2019
Oct 30, 2019 Nov 20, 2019 Nov 25-27, 2019 Dec 7, 2019
March 4, 2020 March 26, 2020 March 30-April 1, 2020 April 11, 2020
March 25, 2020 April 16, 2020 April 20-22, 2020 May 2, 2020
April 14, 2020 May 6, 2020 May 8-12, 2020 May 22, 2020
April 28, 2020 May 20, 2020 May 22-26, 2020 June 5, 2020

When Do Colleges Receive Score Reports?

If you decided to take the SAT with the essay portion, colleges will most likely get your score within 10 days of accessing your essay score (assuming you put down said colleges as one of your four free score reports recipients); otherwise, additional score reports you order more than nine days after the SAT can take up to two weeks to process before being sent off to schools. If you took the SAT without the essay, then expect colleges to receive your results a couple days earlier than the full 10.


Keep track of your College Board login information, so you can be up-to-date on the latest news regarding the exam and so you can easily login on score release day. If you’re that concerned about getting your scores to schools in time, try rush reporting which takes only 2-4 business days to process and is delivered three times a week to schools. However, I am leaning towards not recommending this as an option because I don’t think it’s worth it since the College Board can’t send your SAT score to schools unless the test has been scored. At the earliest, this will occur on the first score release date for your test date.

As I’ve said in my other article, it’s not the end of the world if you’re not satisfied with your score the first, second, or maybe even third time around. Check out my most recent article here to help you determine if you should retake the test. #ShamelessPlug

Anyways, if this is the case for you, use Prepmedians to figure out the areas you need to focus on for your next attempt! And don’t stress yourself out too much, you got this!

“Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.” – Elon Musk

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Posted by Gerrin T. Alexander

Gerrin scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT in high school and is currently studying Economics and Public Policy at The University of Chicago. Fun fact: She has done the #wopchallenge on nearly every corner of the campus, including the quad.