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 decisions
It tests the skills you’re learning in school: reading, writing and math.
The Reading Test, you’ll read passages and interpret informational graphics. Then you’ll use what you’ve read to answer questions.Some questions ask you to locate a piece of information or an idea stated directly. But you’ll also need to understand what the author’s words imply. In other words, you have to read between the lines.
The Writing and Language Test, you’ll do three things that people do all the time when they write and edit:
Find mistakes and weaknesses.
The Math Test is designed to mirror the problem solving and modeling you’ll do in:
College math, science, and social science courses
The jobs that you hold
Your personal life
SAT Subject Tests
The SAT Subject Tests offer you an additional opportunity to show colleges what you know.
Many colleges use the SAT Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Some colleges specify the SAT Subject Tests that they require for admission or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take.
Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where you excel. These are the only national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your achievements and interests.
SAT Subject Tests allow you to differentiate yourself in the college admission process or send a strong message regarding your readiness to study specific majors or programs in college. In conjunction with your other admission credentials (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a more complete picture of your academic background and interests.
Some colleges also use Subject Tests to place students into the appropriate courses. Based on your performance on the test(s), you could potentially fulfill basic requirements or receive credit for introductory-level courses.
There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics and science.
How to Make an Account and Register for the SAT
When considering writing the SAT's student should first open an account on the official SAT site. This account is free to register.
Manage sending test scores to US post-secondary institutions
Cost for writing the SAT $50 US (plus other testing costs) NOTE: other test fees will be charges for changing test site, changing test dates and sending SAT scores
Your official score report will be provided to you and your high school about five weeks after the test. Students who register online and wish to receive a paper score report by mail in addition to the online score report must request it when they register. Students who register by mail and who do not have active College Board online accounts will continue to receive paper score reports
Student Athletes and the SAT
What you need to know:
You should write your first SAT in the spring of your grade 11 year, so if you need to re-write the SAT you have time to do so in your grade 12 year.
International test sites do not offer a March seating.
If a student takes the SAT multiple times, NCAA rules require that all scores must be reported the Eligibility Center
Many US colleges and universities will only accept test results for International testing centres for International students. If you are in contact with a US school, check the requirements.
The NCAA and the NAIA will only include the critical reading and math scores when calculating SAT scores needed to meet eligibility requirements.
Each time you register for an SAT, you will receive 4 free scores to send, afterward each report you send will cost money.
If you do not use the 4 free reports when registering, you will lose them.
Register with the NCAA and NAIA, prior to signing up for the SAT, you need an athlete account with these sporting organizations in order for your scores to be entered.
You need to have written an SAT, in order to attend an official visit.
Students must achieve the minimum required test score on the SAT before their initial full-time collegiate enrollment.
You cannot send faxed or e-mailed copies of your SAT scores to colleges or universities, all score reports must be official from the College Board.
If you take the SAT multiple times, The NCAA will combine the best score from each section of each exam you take, to give you the highest possible score.
Include sending scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center and/or the NAIA Eligibility Center (see information below)
Reporting your Scores to an Eligibility Centre
Official Test Scores
Test scores must be reported directly to the Eligibility Center from the ACT or SAT testing centres.
Test scores will not be taken from transcripts or from a student score report.
When the student registers for the SAT or ACT, include the NCAA Eligibility Center code of 9999 or the NAIA Eligibility Center code of 9876 so the test comes directly to the Eligibility Center and can speed up the reporting of your information.
Remember that if a student takes the SAT, the NCAA rules require that all scores must be reported the Eligibility Centre in order for the EC to combine best scores.