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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 sam.cengage.com.
  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.
    • Can't be changed.
    • You can specify a different email address to receive communications.
    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. You will be prompted to verify your current password.

    Password
    Passwords requirements:
    • 6-17 characters
    • Letters, numbers, and underscores only
    • At least one capital letter
    • At least one number
    Communication Email Optional. Enter an email address if you want communications sent somewhere other than your username.
    • Maximum 128 characters.
    • If blank, emails are sent to your username.
    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.
    Secret Question / Secret Answer Set a secret question and answer that can be used to verify your identity if you need to reset your password.
    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.
  8. If you need to purchase access, enter your key code.

    Depending on your school, SAM access might be purchased by your institution or you might need to purchase access at cengage.comcengage.cacengageasia.comcengage.co.incengage.co.ukcengage.com.aulatinoamerica.cengage.com (Latin America) or cengage.com.br (Brazil).

    To do thisDo this
    Purchase a key code Click If you don't have a key code or go to cengage.comcengage.cacengageasia.comcengage.co.incengage.co.ukcengage.com.aulatinoamerica.cengage.com (Latin America) or cengage.com.br (Brazil) to purchase access.
    Enter your key code to verify purchase Type the key code and click Save.
    Continue to use SAM during the grace period Click Enter later.