The SAT

The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The SAT assesses critical thinking skills needed for success in college and future career success. The test is based on knowledge developed through coursework in the following areas: reading, writing, language and math.

Visit the SAT program website for more information.


Preparation for Testing

Visit the SAT program website for test prep materials prior to scheduling the SAT test. DANTES Test Sites and military education facilities may also offer additional test prep resources.


Testing Locations

SAT testing for service members is available at two different types of locations:

  • DANTES Test Sites are located on a military installation. Use the CONTACT A COUNSELOR lookup tool to locate a military education center. Visit or call the military education center to find out if they have a DANTES Test Site that administers the SAT.

NOTE: The SAT with Essay is required at DANTES Test Site locations.

  • SAT National or International Test Centers are commercial locations, not located on a military installation. Click here to find the nearest SAT Test Center location.

NOTE: SAT testing is not offered during the months of July, August or September.


Funding Eligibility

Funding eligibility for service members varies based on type of testing location.


DANTES Test Sites:

  • One SAT with Essay is funded per lifetime of service for service members.
  • Funding is provided by contract agreement between DANTES and the College Board.
  • The SAT with Essay is available and required at DANTES Test Sites.
  • SAT retests at DANTES Test Sites are not funded; military members are responsible for paying the retest fee.

NOTE: Civilians and military dependents are not eligible for DANTES-funded or reimbursed SATs and may not test at DANTES Test Sites.


SAT National or International Test Centers:

  • Up to two SAT exams are funded per lifetime of service for service members.
  • The SAT with Essay is available and strongly encouraged by DANTES.
  • The SAT is funded on an “after-the-fact” reimbursement basis. Official score report and payment receipt are required.
  • Service members are responsible for scheduling the test, and adhering to the published National and International Test Dates Calendar, and paying the test fee at the time of registration.
  • Refer to DANTES Funding Eligibility Requirements to learn more about funding.
  • Refer to Reimbursement Eligibility to learn more about applying for reimbursement.

Retesting Options

Retesting options vary for service members based on type of testing location.


DANTES Test Sites:

Retesting at a DANTES Test Site is not funded. The following restrictions apply:

  • Retesting using the same form of the test within the testing year, and/or within the same month, will result in an invalid score.
  • Only two SAT test forms are available to DANTES Test Sites each testing year.
  • An examinee choosing to test more than twice per year must do so at an SAT Test Center and on a self-funded basis.

SAT National or International Test Centers:

  • Up to two SATs exams are funded per lifetime of service for service members on an “after-the-fact” reimbursement basis. Official score report and payment receipt are required.
  • Refer to the SAT program website for testing information.

Scoring and Reporting


DANTES Test Sites:

  • Scores for SATs administered at a DANTES Test Site are reported approximately 6-8 weeks after receipt by SAT.
  • Examinee score reports are mailed to the address provided at the time of testing.
  • Scores are also available online to service members who create an online SAT account.

SAT National or International Test Centers:

  • SAT does not offer expedited scoring.
  • Students may view and print their student score report online by establishing a free SAT web account.