If for whatever reason, you need to know your old SAT score, you can still find out even if decades had passed since you took the test.
There are plenty of possible reasons why you may just want to know about your old SAT score when you’ve already forgotten it. Perhaps it’s because you suddenly have this urge of going to college when you didn’t go before in your youth.
Or maybe it’s just that you’re curious, especially when friends and family gather and talk about the “old days”. If you remember taking the test and then getting into college, then you may have done alright.
I’ve been asked this question by someone who took the test way back in the 1990s. Those were the days of alternative rock, and he also remembered watching new episodes of Friends, Home Improvement, and Boy Meets World. There was also a lot of Buffy, too.
If you’re in this position, it may seem impossible to obtain those old records. You might think they’ve been erased, as those were the times when smartphones weren’t as common as they are now. Heck, in those days there were still a lot of people using dial-up Internet connections.
However, it is actually possible to get these official records, if you want to. But how can you find out? Here are some of the tried and tested ways:
Ask Your Parents (If They’re Still Around)
Lots of parents tend to remember these details about their kids, especially if it’s a score that makes them proud. So, ask your parents, especially your mom. They might know, and then your problem’s solved.
However, other people may not believe your mom, especially when there’s a serious bet riding on the results. So, you really need those official records.
Visit the Collegeboard.Org Website
This is a good option if your SAT score (or you, for that matter), isn’t that old. If you’ve just left high school and it’s been less than a year since you last took the test, you can sign in to your College Board account and obtain your scores.
If it’s been more than year, signing in won’t be an option. But the College Board would have archived your test scores and even your answers to the SAT. You still have other options to consider.
Keep in mind that there will be some fees involved. These include the $31 for archived scores, plus the $12 for each additional score report.
Snail Mail Method
If you’re old enough, this approach is rather familiar. However, you do have to download the archived score report order form. Just use this link.
Now print this out, and then fill them out. Make sure you go through all the fields in the form, and that your handwriting is legible.
Enclose the fees, with $31 for ordering the archived score reports and then $12 for each score report.
Once you’re done, send in the form and the fees to:
5185 Youngstown Warren Rd
Niles, OH 44446
Using the Phone
If you’re in the US call 866-756-7346. For international calls, dial 212-713-7789.
Keep in mind that using the phone involves an additional processing fee. You’ll have to pay using your credit card. This will cost you $15 per call, aside from the costs of the archived scores reports and additional score reports.
If it’s at all possible, find your old SAT admission ticket and get your test registration number. It’s okay if you can’t find this, but it will make it tougher to find your SAT scores quickly.
Give your current name and current address. You also need to give the name you used when you took the SAT. Some people, especially those who got married (or entered showbiz), may have changed their name legally.
You also need to include your birthdate. You may also be asked about your address when you took the test. That usually means your parent’s address at the time.
You may also be asked if you want the score reports to be sent to a college or a scholarship program. If you’re actually using your old SAT to get into college, then you have to provide the program code for that college or scholarship program. Here’s the link for theUS program codes and the international program codes.
(Keep in mind that official SAT score reports sent to universities more than 5 years after you took the test will be sent with a message about how SAT scores this old may not be as valid as recent scores. As in, they may no longer accurately predict your probable college academic performance.)
Finally, you have to give them your credit card number and the expiration date.
If you’re in a real hurry, you can order rush reports which can be sent within 1 to 4 business days (not counting weekends and holidays). This is one option if you’re really out to get into college even when you’re not as young as the traditional students.
This option will cost you another $31. You can use this option when you request your old SAT score through the mail or by using the telephone.
True, if you’re planning to get into college, when you already have kids who have already graduated from college, you will need those old SAT scores. But you may want to consider just retaking the test, as universities may find newer scores as more relevant.
But if you’re just curious, you can still go for it. So, what if it’s not all that important right now? For some people, it can be rather frustrating to forget these things.
It may be worth all that trouble and all the costs, just so you can find out for yourself exactly what you scored in the SAT back in the old days. And if your score is higher than your buddies and you have a bet, it sure is a lot more fun!