The Lowdown on Test Registration
Sure, you want to take the test, but are you registered? Have you completed your test registration? It's probably the most important step you'll take toward testing. Why? Because you can't take the test without it! Before you can write a single word or fill in a bubble, you have to complete your test registration.
And without taking the test, you can't get a score, right? And your test score can make or break you!
Important Test Registration Facts:
- You have to pay for the test. From $13 up to as much as $250, testing companies want to be paid, and that comes in the form of the registration fee. You'll also pay more for things like extra score reports, canceling your test, changing your test date or test center, registering late, and taxes.
- You have to register in time. If you're a notorious procrastinator, listen up. Every test has a registration deadline from one week up to months in advance. If you think you can waltz into a test center the day before the test and sign up, you're wrong. Find out your test's registration deadline and sign up early. Often, tests fill quickly and you can miss out on taking the test when you'd like to.
- You have to take the test on a scheduled date. Every standardized test has specific testing dates. You're not allowed to choose which date you'd like to test merely because that date works well for you. In some cases, the test is only offered a few times a year, so you'll have to schedule your time far in advance.
- You have to provide information to take the test. In most cases, you'll need to know the following things to register: first and last name, a credit card, date of birth, your mailing address, telephone number, email address, test date, test location, and college codes for score reports.
- You have to wait for your scores. If you're taking a computerized version of the test, you may be able to see your unofficial score right away, but for most test-takers, you'll need to have some patience. Score reports will either be emailed to you, mailed to you or both.