Written by Chris Hernandez
SAT scores are valid forever and do not have an expiration date.
However, that does not mean all colleges and universities will accept old SAT scores. In fact, there are several institutions that will reject SAT scores older than 5 years. Your best bet is to contact your college of choice and ask or check their website.
The College Board made adjustments to the SAT tests over the years, with the most significant changes occurring in 2005 and 2016. Some argue that older tests, for example those taken before 2016, did not test the same abilities of students. This may be one of the reasons for colleges accepting only scores from tests taken within the past 2, 3 or 5 years.
The SAT is designed to measure critical thinking, problem-solving, and writing skills, which are considered important for readiness and ultimate success in college. However, these skills can improve or decline over time, and scores that are too old may not accurately reflect a student's current abilities.
Another reason may be that universities and colleges want to encourage applicants to stay engaged with academics and continue learning and developing their skills and knowledge base in the years following high school graduation.
To avoid disappointment over rejected SAT scores, we recommend that students check all the admission requirements for the schools they would like to apply to. There is no limit to the number of tests a student takes, so it may be wise to take another test if there is a risk of old SAT scores being rejected.
Fortunately, Amikka Learning can assist with the study planning for SAT tests and provide the necessary guidance and support throughout. Amikka offers free articles, 1-on-1 tutoring, and online courses to help you get admitted to your dream school. Contact us for a free consultation!