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Completing the Sign-up Form

Can I create more than one account?

You must use only one account to manage your College Board activities, so that your record remains complete and you continue to receive critical updates. We advise against creating multiple accounts.

You will not be able to start or access any College Board testing activity, such as SAT or PSAT/NMSQT, if you've already started it with another account. For example, if you register for the SAT with one account, then come back later and create a new account to get your scores, you'll get an error message that tells you to sign in to your original account.

Why do I need to supply this sign-up form information?

The information that you provide is used to create your official College Board record — the record that's sent with your SAT scores to colleges, for example. We'll also use the information to tailor services to you, such as reminders that are customized to your grade in high school.

Tips for creating your profile:

  • Provide your full, official first and last name, as you'd see them on a student ID or other official identification. You won't be able to change your name online once you start any testing activities. If the name on your SAT admission ticket does not match your ID, you may not be allowed to take the test. If you are an AP student creating an account to get your AP scores, provide your full, official first and last name, the same way you entered it on your AP answer sheet.
  • Use an email address that you plan on having for a while. Email is used for critical communications such as your SAT admission ticket, score alerts and password reminders.
  • Your high school graduation date will be used to customize services for you. If you've already graduated, enter the past date.
  • Your birthday, security question and answer, as well as other information, will be used to verify that you are you if you forget your password or need to call customer service for help.
  • You cannot create a collegeboard.org account if you are under 13 years of age.

What's the security question used for?

Your security question and answer are used to verify that you are you.

You'll be asked to answer your security question if you forget your password and want to reset it online or if you call customer service for help. Your answer is not a hint that will be presented to you.

First choose the question that you'd like to answer from the pull-down menu, and then answer it in the space below.

Why am I asked for both student and parent information?

A collegeboard.org account is focused on a student's college planning activities. So the student's information is required in order to create the official student record and appropriately customize services.

Additionally, we recognize the important role that parents play on the road to college. So we provide a way for parents to receive their own email services and to be linked by email to the student's account. Click the "Learn more" link associated with any email service to find out more about it.

If a parent's information is entered (which is optional), we'll invite the parent to participate in the selected services — parent newsletters and the "CC a Parent" email service. We won't send any emails unless the parent confirms he or she wishes to receive them.

Why can I enter information about only one parent?

Because the CC a Parent email service can contain sensitive information about a student and that student's testing record, we are currently limiting the service to a single parent or guardian. This is to protect the security of the information.

Another parent can sign up independently to receive email newsletters if he or she has a College Board account, but only one person can be copied on student emails.

Why do I need a number in my password?

Your password gives you access to College Board services and personal information that you've saved. We require at least one number so that it's more secure.

Good passwords ...

  • contain between 7 and 15 characters — the more the better.
  • have at least one number (0—9).
  • are changed periodically.
  • are unique but easy to remember.
  • are hard for someone else to guess. For example, if everyone knows you love peanut butter, you wouldn't want to make your password "peanutbutter." But you could make it "ILPBIM1S" ("I love peanut butter it's my #1 snack").

Bad passwords ...

  • use words or phrases with which you're easily identified.
  • are names, such as your name, your IM nickname, a pet's name or any other name associated with you — even if it's doubled (bobbybobby) or some combination of first and last name (bjohnson).
  • are personal numbers, such as your bank account number, your Social Security number, your birthday, your phone number, your address or your license plate number.
  • use a simple pattern, such as repeated characters, keyboard sequences or an acronym.

It's a good idea to change your password periodically — for example, every six months. And certainly change your password if you've told it to anyone or suspect that someone may have access to your account.

Why am I being warned that my email is already associated with an account?

If you see this warning when you try to create a new collegeboard.org account, it's because there's already a collegeboard.org account that uses your email address. This can happen if you already have an account and are creating another one, or if family members share an email address and another family member has an account.

We present this warning because you should use only one account to manage your College Board activities so that your record remains complete and you continue to receive critical updates. You will not be able to start or access any College Board testing activity, such as SAT or PSAT/NMSQT, if you've already started it with another account. For example, if you register for the SAT with one account, then come back later and create a new account to get scores, you'll get an error message that tells you to sign in to your original account.

If you must create the duplicate account, you can ignore the warning. But we do not recommend that you do so.