Originally called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, then the Scholastic Assessment Test, then the SAT I: Reasoning Test, then the SAT Reasoning Test, and now simply the SAT.
The SAT is a widely used for college admission in the United States. It was first introduced in 1926.
The current SAT, introduced in 2016, takes 3 hours to finish plus 50 minutes for the SAT with essay, and as of 2014 costs US$52.50 (up to US$101.5 outside of the United States), excluding late fees.
Possible scores on the SAT range from 400 to 1600, combining test results from two 800-point sections: Mathematics and Critical reading and Writing. Taking the SAT or its competitor, the ACT, is required for freshman entry to many, but not all, universities in the United State
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.
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.
For more specific information on the importance of SAT scores at the schools you’re interested in, contact the admissions offices directly. Learn about the 2016 SAT changes, and check out the SAT Student Portal from The Princeton Review.
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. Click to read more about the SAT vs. the ACT or take our quiz.
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.
How can I prepare? We can help. We have prep solutions for every student and every budget.