For the SAT this spring, 11th grade students will have to opt in to register for the optional essay. The default registration for all students is the SAT without essay. Students who wish to take the optional essay must register for it in advance.
The essay registration window opens today, January 15, and closes on Tuesday, February 12. This will be the only opportunity for students who wish to take the optional essay to add it to their April school day test registration. Students may add the essay to their registration through their online College Board account or by calling the College Board.
A flyer for students on how to register for the optional SAT Essay is available on the College Board website in English (HERE) and Spanish (AQUÍ). Please note the optional essay is only for 11th graders taking the SAT; 9th and 10th graders taking the PSAT 9 and PSAT 10 do not have an essay.