When you are deciding when and where you will take the SAT, you will need to find the closest test center to your home. You can locate a SAT test center online. If you do not live near a test center, you can also request that the College Board allow you to test in a special location.
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Determine whether you can take your SAT at your high school. Many high schools act as SAT test centers.
Contact your high-school counselor for help in finding an appropriate test center. The College Board provides information to high schools about locations. Your counselor should have a list of local test centers.
Be aware of potential problems involving international testing. If you are testing outside of the United States, your choice of test centers may be limited. Special testing locations may not be available in India or Pakistan.
Search for test centers in your city. The College Board, the organization that administers the SAT, offers a search tool on its website (see Resources below).
Take advantage of the College Board's separate search tool for students who are looking for international SAT testing centers.
Compare where test centers are located. You may need to locate their addresses on a map in order to decide which option is closest to your home.
Decide which test center you prefer if there are multiple options in your area. In large cities, there may be many test centers available.
Request a special SAT test center if the closest test center to your home is over 75 miles away. You will have to register by mail and include a letter of explanation in order to ask for testing closer to home.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure you can locate your test center easily on the date you are scheduled to take the test. If you are unsure of how to get there, it may be worth visiting the center ahead of time.
- Don't expect to get your preferred test location without fail. When you register for the SAT, you may not be assigned to your first-choice test center, even if it is the closest one to your home. Your preferred test center may already be filled for that test date.
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