College Board Raises Test Fees

University Testing

Not content to wait a couple years for a $20 - $25 million annual revenue surge when the optional and unpopular SAT II "Writing" Test is transformed into the mandatory SAT I "Writing" Test - with an added cost of $10 - $12 per administration (see Examiner, Summer 2002) - the College Board has already begun lifting more money from the wallets of test takers and their parents.


With no fanfare, the basic fee for taking the SAT has jumped to $28.50, up nearly 10 percent from last year's $26.00 level. Over the past decade, the College Board has hiked its test registration charge by 42.5%, substantially more than the rate of inflation. Other SAT-related fees have also soared: the College Board's price for the Question-and-Answer Service, which allows test takers to purchase scored copies of their exams in compliance with New York's Truth-in-Testing law, was jacked up to $14.00 this year, a $16.7% boost from last year's $12.00.


These additional revenues feed the coffers of a rich institution, which owns a building across the street from Lincoln Center in New York City and pays its president more than $400,000 annually. For its 2001 fiscal year - the most recent available publicly - the College Board reported that revenues exceeded expenses by almost $25 million. The company's net assets at the end of that year totaled $136 million. No wonder test-taker fees continue to soar!


SAT Basic Registration Fee
1984 - 1985 $11.00
1988 - 1989 $13.00
1993 - 1994 $20.00
1998 - 1999 $23.00
2003 - 2004 $28.50