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About the SAT

The SAT is a nationally administered standardized test used by most colleges, in conjunction with GPA, transcripts and recommendations, to determine admittance. Not all schools require the SAT, but most do. The new test is more focused on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. It measures what you learn in high school and what you need to succeed in college.

Offered seven times per year in the US, the redesigned SAT has four tests, with the Essay being optional. The three tests that everyone will take are (1) the Reading Test, (2) the Writing and Language Test, and (3) the Math Test. The Essay, which formerly lasted 25 minutes, will now last 50 minutes.

The SAT has 154 questions. These consists of multiple choice and free response questions. Math questions have both a calculator and a no calculator section.


Is the SAT important?
The SAT is a vital test to students who are planning to further their education and attend college. Most colleges determine student acceptance based upon SAT scores. SAT scores are at least as important as students’ high school grades if not more important.

What is the SAT point scale?
You'll receive two section scores, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math, which are each reported on a scale ranging from 200 to 800. Together, these two scores make up your total score. The total score ranges from 400 to 1600. Your scores on the optional Essay are reported separately.

What is the highest score possible on the SAT?
The highest possible score on the SAT is 1600.

How many times can the SAT be retaken?
The SAT can be taken an unlimited number of times.

When should I take the SAT?
You should take the SAT when you feel prepared and have taken enough practice tests to feel ready. Students typically take the test during the second part of their junior year in high school or during the first part of their senior year.

What is the length of the SAT?
The length of the SAT is 3 hours. The SAT with Essay is 3 hours and 50 minutes. Additional time will be needed to allow for breaks.

What is the cost of the SAT?
The cost of the SAT is $43.00. The SAT with Essay costs $54.50.

Is a calculator allowed on the SAT?
Calculators are allowed on one of the two math sections.

Is food or drink allowed during the SAT?
Food and drinks are not allowed in the testing room. However, students will receive several breaks and are encouraged to bring a snack and drink for that time.

When should I start preparing for the SAT?
If you are contemplating taking the SAT you should start preparing now.

Where do I find my SAT score?
Your official score will be provided to you and your high school within 5 weeks after the test is administered. SAT scores can also be found by logging into your account at

Where can I find the average SAT scores of colleges?
Many colleges post this information on the College Board website.

Are colleges able to see all SAT scores?
Colleges are able to see every SAT score achieved by students. Depending on the college and the students intended major some pay special attention to the scores in a specific section.

Are parents allowed to attend classes with their student?
We do not allow non-paid individuals/parents to audit the class. Only paid students and instructors are allowed in the classroom.

How do I register for the SAT?
You may register online.

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