Scores and Privacy

Students are strongly encouraged to send their official score reports to colleges. The first four score sends are free of charge if ordered as part of registration, and the information provided with official reports goes far beyond just the scores.

Official score reports include student information from the SAT questionnaire that colleges use for recruiting, advising, and placement decisions.

Best Practices and Privacy

The SAT Program recommends that schools don’t place SAT scores on school transcripts that are sent to colleges.

Keeping SAT scores off transcripts helps:

  • Schools comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • Avoid any possible conflicts in which a school sends SAT scores that a student didn’t intend to report to a specific institution.

If your school still decides to send scores on a transcript, we recommend that you receive official consent from the student before doing so.