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SAT Test 101

SAT Test Information


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The SAT Basics

The SAT, also known as the SAT Reasoning Test, is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test used as a college entrance exam. It's a tough one, so be sure you pay close attention to the details that follow.

When To Take the SAT

The SAT is typically taken during the spring of your junior year, which leaves time for retakes if your score doesn’t reflect your incredible intellect. It can happen! If you'd like some more info about the timing of taking the SAT exam, then take a peek here.

SAT Registration Facts

You can register online and via mail, but certainly, there is a process! Here is some more information about SAT fees, how to register, SAT test dates, and more!

The SAT's Importance

Everything from scholarships to college admissions to resumes are affected by the SAT! See what else is affected, here.

What Is on The SAT?

Relax. You don’t have to remember the date President Lincoln issued War Order Number One. The SAT, although long, (3 hours and 45 minutes), is really a test of logic and reasoning.

The SAT is broken into 10 sections:

SAT Scores

Since each section is worth between 200 and 800 points, the lowest possible score you can get is a 600 and the highest possible score is a 2400.

The average overall score (50th percentile) in the United States for 2013 was a 1509, but scholarships typically come for higher scores.

SAT Practice

Don’t sweat it. You have a lot of options to prep for the SAT, some of which require cash, but others that are completely free. You don’t have to be a Trump to gear up for the big day!

SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject Tests are also standardized tests, but are not part of the SAT Reasoning Test described above. Some colleges use the Subject Tests for the following:

  • Admission. Spare yourself the agony of testing and check with your school of choice to see if a subject test is even required.
  • Course placement. Do you have to take English 101 or can you breeze through to 102, the one with the hot professor?
  • Course selection. You failed miserably on the German Subject Test, so it might be better to forego that trip to Munich, and sign up for Spanish instead.

You can take one of several tests under the headings of English, Science, Math, History or Languages – anything from Literature to Chemistry to Japanese with Listening.

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