By Clara N.
We receive a lot of questions asking what the full cost of the SAT is and how to go about the registration.
And just like many parts of the college application process, taking the SAT (and even using your SAT scores) comes with an assortment of fees.
So let’s jump right into it!
Registration charges are mandatory if you are planning on taking the SAT and you will need to register at least a month before the test date.
Fortunately, Kenyan students have the option of either the paper registration or the online registration.
Paper registration is done at our offices. We DO NOT allow for registrations through agents, LTS is the ONLY SAT registration and payment center in Kenya. You can find the paper registration instructions here.
If you want to register online, the first thing you need is to create an account with the College Board. Kenyan students are required to pay for the test using a credit card or through a PayPal account. The account will allow you to register for the SAT and see your scores for the SAT and SAT subject tests. You can also use it to research colleges. It’s an essential tool for all college applicants.
Pick a test date
You then want to pick a test date after that. Decide when you want to take the SAT, giving yourself at least a month to prepare. The SAT in Kenya is done in March, May, June, October, November and December.
The table below shows the test dates for 2019-2020.
|SAT TEST REGISTRATION CALENDAR 2019 -2020|
|Test Date||TEST||*Early International||Regular||Sunday Testing|
|5-Oct-19||SAT Test||Subject Tests||21-Aug-19||6-Sep-19||6-Oct-19|
|7-Dec-19||SAT Test||Subject Tests||23-Oct-19||8-Nov-19||8-Dec-19|
|2-May-20||SAT Test||Subject Tests||18-Mar-20||3-Apr-20||3-May-20|
The SAT consists of two types of tests;
- SAT Reasoning Test (Covers only Math and English)
- SAT Subject Test (Covers English, History, Math, Sciences and Languages)
SAT test takers in Kenya are encouraged to check with their preferred institutions if they need to do both. An examinee can do up to 3 subjects in the SAT Subject Test on the same exam date.
What happens if you miss the deadline? College Board has a waitlist which means that students who miss the late registration deadline may still be able to register but at a fee. The charge is processed only if you end up taking the test.
Pick a test center location
Picking a test center is not as easy as it may sound. You’ll want to find one that’s conveniently located and a place where you feel comfortable.
Use this Test Centre availability chart to locate test centers close to you.
So how much does the SAT cost?
Here’s a chart outlining the mandatory SAT fees for Kenyan test takers.
|SAT Reasoning Test (with essay)||KSH 11,800.00|
|SAT Reasoning Test (no essay)||KSH 10,500.00|
|SAT (1) Subject Test (no listening test)||KSH 10,000.00|
|SAT (1) Subject Test (with listening test)||KSH 10,500.00|
|SAT (2) Subject Test (no listening test)||KSH 12,500.00|
|SAT (2) Subject Test (one test is a listening test)||KSH 13,000.00|
|SAT (3) Subject Test (no listening test)||KSH 14,600.00|
|SAT (3) Subject Test (one test is a listening test)||KSH 15,500.00|
Score report & analysis costs for the SAT (Updated for 2019-2020)
After you take the SAT, you’ll want to receive, analyze and send out your scores. This chart outlines the post-test services and their costs.
|Additional Score Report||KSH 1,500.00|
|Question and Answer Service||KSH 2,000.00|
|Student Answer Service||KSH 1,500.00|
For additional post-test services please contact College board.
Take the test early
To avoid scrambling to get your official score reports to schools before their application deadlines, take the test early.
It takes about three weeks for your scores to be posted after you take your SAT. You should budget another two weeks at the minimum for colleges to actually receive your score reports.
If you miss the normal deadline and have to register late, you’ll end up increasing your total registration costs by about 50%. Registering months in advance won’t only save you money – it will also ensure you get the test date you want before all the seats are booked.
Take advantage of free score reports
You can send up to four score reports for free if you specify the schools you’d like to send your scores to early enough. List the four schools when you are doing the registration.
Studying for the SAT is stressful, so registering should be the least of your worries. If you take care of the process far before the deadline, you won’t have to worry about any last minute technical difficulties. So if you’re still procrastinating, go ahead and register for the SAT already! And then get studying!!!
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