What is SAT?

The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions. Taking the SAT is the first step in finding the right college for you — the place where you can further develop your skills and pursue your passions. But SAT scores are just one of many factors that colleges consider when making their admission decisions. High school grades are also very important. In fact, the combination of high school grades and SAT scores is the best predictor of your academic success in college.

What Subject areas does SAT test?

The SAT tests the skills you’re learning in school: reading, writing and math. Your strength in these subjects is important for success in college and throughout your life. The reading section includes reading passages and sentence completions. The writing section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage. The math section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability. See detailed breakdown of whats on the test

How is SAT scored?

Each section of your SAT (critical reading, mathematics and writing) will be scored on a 200- to 800-point scale, for a possible total of 2400. You’ll also get two “subscores” on the writing section: a multiple-choice score from 20 to 80, and an essay score from 2 to 12. But how do you get these scores? Two steps happen before you see a final score. First, your raw score is calculated by: Adding points for correct answers. Subtracting a fraction of a point for wrong answers. Remember: Questions that you skipped don’t count either for or against your score, and points aren’t taken away for wrong answers on the math questions where you needed to enter the answer into a grid. Then your raw score is taken and and turned into a scaled score. This is where the score of 200–800 points comes from, and it is done through a statistical process called “equating.” This process makes it possible to compare your score with the scores of other students who took alternative versions of the test, and to your own scores on previous tests.

How can I score big on SAT?

The best way to get ready for the SAT is to take challenging courses, study hard, and read and write in and outside of the classroom. Cramming and short-term prep can’t substitute for hard work in school. The PSAT/NMSQT® is one of the best ways to begin preparing for the SAT, because it covers the same subjects under timed conditions. It does help to become familiar and comfortable with the test format and question types. You should take advantage of our free online practice tests, The SAT Question of the Day and more.

How important is SAT for college admission?

The SAT is just one factor among many that colleges use to get to know you better. It’s part of a comprehensive admission process that also takes into account your high school academics, extracurricular activities, recommendations, personal essay and other factors. Every college and university uses a different combination of criteria for admission. Research the schools you’re interested in using College Search to understand their unique admission policies.

How long is the SAT Test?

The SAT is made up of 10 sections:

A 25-minute essay

Six 25-minute sections (mathematics, critical reading and writing)

Two 20-minute sections (mathematics, critical reading and writing)

A 10-minute multiple-choice writing section

Total test time: 3 hours and 45 minutes

You’ll also get three short breaks during the testing, so don’t forget to bring a snack!

How to prepare for the test day?

Make sure you have been to the test center BEFORE the test day. This will allow you to be familiar with the place, parking lot and save time in case you are delayed, not that we advise you to come late to test! Set your test kit the night before. You will need your admission ticket, a photo ID (a driver's license, non-driver picture ID, passport or a school ID), your calculator, four or five sharp No.2 pencils with erasers, plus a map to the directions sowing how to get to the test center. You are NOT allowed to bring any electronic devices. These include but are not limited to: Cell phones BlackBerrys PDAs iPods and iPads MP3 players Laptops, notebooks, tablets or any other personal computing device Pagers Timers of any type Cameras or other photographic equipment Any device capable of recording audio, photographic or video content, or capable of viewing or playing back such content. Plan to come at least half hour early to the test center. Don't be late and allow plenty of time getting to the test site. You need to be in your seat, relaxed, before the test commences. Get a good night's sleep, so you are well rested and your mind is refreshed and alert to handle the SAT questions! DO NO study to much before the exam day. You need to be well prepared by now and just refresh some pointers if needed Wear comfortable clothes. It is advised to dress in layers as you never know how your body takes the exam room temperature. You can alway take off that sweater or jacket but you cannot get one at exam center so always wear more anticipating low temperatures. Bring snacks and fluids (water, juice etc). SAT is almost 4 hours long and when your mind is busy answering the questions you WILL feel hungry. You can use your breaks to munch on the snacks and keep hydrated with the fluids.