Create a New Account

If you don't have a SAM account, create one the first time you sign in to your SAM course.

Note Before you create a new account, make sure you do not have an existing account. You do not need to create an account if you sign in using a learning management system (LMS) or if an account was created for you.
  1. In your browser, go to
  2. Click New User.
  3. Enter your school's Institution Key and click Submit.

    The Institution Key identifies your school. Ask your instructor if you don't have an Institution Key.

  4. Verify that the listed institution is correct and click OK.
  5. Enter your account information.
    Field Description
    First Name Maximum 50 characters.
    Middle Initial Optional: Maximum 1 character.
    Last Name Maximum 50 characters.
    Username (Email) Email address used for the SAM/Cengage account.

    6 to 50 characters.

    Important You can use your SAM account to sign in to other Cengage content and services.

    If you already have a Cengage account, enter it instead of creating a new account.

    If needed, set a different Communication Email to receive communications.

    Passwords requirements:
    • 6-17 characters
    • Letters, numbers, and underscores only
    • At least one capital letter
    • At least one number
    Communication Email Email address to which you want communications sent in addition to your username.
    Important Required if your username is not a valid email address.

    Maximum 128 characters.

    Join our mailing list Optional: You can receive occasional emails about Cengage products or promotions.
    Birth Year Select your birth year from the list provided.
    Note The following characters are not allowed in Name, Username, ID#, or Alias:
    ~ ` ^ * " $ % # ! \ / > < & ; : | ,
  6. Select I have read and agree to the Cengage Terms of Use and Privacy Statement.
  7. Click Create Account.

Your account is created and a confirmation message is displayed.

Sign in with your new account to continue.