The SAT test, like the ACT2 test, is a national college admissions test for students interested in pursuing education beyond high school.
This 3 hour and 45 minute test covers the following:
- Critical Reading
Most test questions are multiple choice, although the first writing section (there are two) is an essay and the math sections may include some open-answer questions.
Check for SAT study materials at your local library or bookstore. Here are some other ways to prepare:
- Take the PSAT/NMSQT3 test, which is a shorter, easier version of the SAT test.
- Review SAT practice questions.
- Take a full practice test.
- Sign up to receive The Official SAT Question of the Day1.
Think you're ready for the real thing?
Scores to Aim For
Your total SAT score can range from 600 to 2400 (200 to 800 for each section). Your score report will show you where you rank in comparison with others who took the test.
What if you want a higher score?
Although you can take the SAT test as many times as you want, there's really no need to take it more than twice. According to the people who administer the test, there's no evidence that shows you can significantly change your score if you take it more. Plus, colleges may not look favorably on you if you repeatedly take the SAT test.
If you do take the test more than once, you can choose to submit to your prospective colleges only your best scores from each section (although some schools may want to see all of your scores).
Want to Know More?
- Visit the SAT website for full details.
- Be prepared on test day. Use this checklist to make sure you have everything you need.
- There's no need to be stressed. Follow these test-taking tips.
- Study for the SAT test using these online flashcards from Dictionary.com.
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2ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc.
3PSAT/NMSQT is a registered trademark of the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which were not involved in the production of, and do not endorse, this product.