About the SAT

Your SAT score is a pivotal component of your college applications. Most colleges use these scores to help decide whether to admit students or not.

SAT Quick Facts

Frequency 7 times/year
Duration 3 hours, 50 minutes
Sections Math, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing,

Optional Essay

Cost $54.50 ($43 without Essay)
Max. Score 800/section (Essay reported separately)

What is the SAT and why is it important?

Created by the College Board, the SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The idea (in theory, at least) is to provide colleges with one common criterion that can be used to compare all applicants. However, it is just one factor in the admissions decision. Schools also consider your high school GPA, academic transcript, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, interviews, and personal essays. The weight placed on SAT scores varies from school to school.

The SAT exam is offered nationally every year in October, November, December, January, March, May and June.

What does the SAT test?

As of March 2016, there are two SAT sections:  Math, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, plus an optional Essay. The Essay results are reported separately. Start to finish, the test will take you three hours and 50 minutes.

Should I take the SAT or the ACT?

Is one harder? Is one better? More prestigious? More useful? If only it were that simple. In many cases, schools will accept either exam, so it’s up to you to figure out which test to take. We can help you explore both tests.

How is the SAT scored?

Each section of the SAT is scored on a 200 to 800 point scale, making the “perfect” score 1600. Learn more about your SAT Score Report.

       

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