If you are preparing to take the SAT or ACT, then you may be wondering how much these exams cost. Here we will cover testing fees, cost-saving strategies, and how many times students typically take each exam.
The SAT and ACT each carry slightly different fees, described as follows. SAT Subject Tests are subject to additional fees.
SAT Testing Fees
SAT testing fees are set annually by the College Board. The SAT base price, which includes the two main test sections of Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing, is $47.50 for exams taken during the 2018-2019 academic year. The testing fee for exams that include the optional essay component is $64.50. Applicants can have score reports sent to up to four schools at no charge, provided that the schools are specified by the applicant during test registration or within nine days following the exam date. The College Board assesses additional fees for the following:
The College Board charges the following additional fees to applicants who wish to complete one or more SAT Subject Tests:
ACT Testing Fees
Fees for the ACT are determined by the nonprofit organization of the same name (ACT Inc.). The ACT without the writing component costs $50.50 and $67 with the writing component. The $16.50 fee for the writing component is refundable, by written request, if the test-taker is absent on testing day or chooses before testing begins to take the exam without the writing component. Applicants can have score reports sent to up to four schools at no charge, provided that the schools are specified by the applicant at the time of test registration. ACT Inc. assesses additional fees for the following:
How to save money on the SAT and ACT
The exam fees for the SAT and ACT can be substantial, but luckily there are several strategies that you can employ to minimize your costs:
Although not every applicant qualifies for fee waivers, advance planning and diligent preparation can provide financial payoffs to every student. Many scholarships are available to candidates who score highly on the SAT or ACT - learn more about scholarships available by SAT score and by ACT score.
How Many Times Should I Take the SAT or ACT?
There is no magical number for how many times you should take the SAT or ACT. Less than a third of students take both exams, although roughly half of applicants take either the SAT or ACT more than once. Students who choose to retake an exam typically do so in attempt to exceed the minimum or average test scores for a target school, to qualify for scholarships with minimum test score requirements, or to comply with athletic scholarship criteria. Of course, the more that you study, the fewer times you will need to take the test! Best of luck.
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