The SAT is the nation's most widely used admissions test among colleges and universities. It tests students' knowledge of subjects that are necessary for college success: reading, writing, and mathematics. The SAT assesses the critical thinking skills students need for academic success in college-skills that students learned in high school.
The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. It tells students how well they use the skills and knowledge they have attained in and outside of the classroom-including how they think, solve problems, and communicate. The SAT is an important resource for colleges. It's also one of the best predictors of how well students will do in college.
Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800, with two writing subscores for multiple-choice questions and the essay. It is administered seven times a year in the U.S. and U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico, and six times a year overseas.
For more online sample questions and preparation materials, visit the SAT Preparation Center .
The SAT is comprised of 10 total testing sections. The first section is always a 25-minute essay, and the last section is always a 10-minute multiple-choice writing section. Sections two through seven are 25-minute sections. Sections eight and nine are 20-minute sections. Test-takers sitting next to each other in the same session may have test books with entirely different content orders for sections two through nine (mathematics, critical reading, and writing).
|U.S. Registration Deadlines|
|Test||Regular Registration Deadline
|October 10, 2009||SAT & Subject Tests||September 9, 2009|
|November 7, 2009||SAT & Subject Tests||October 1, 2009|
|December 5, 2009||SAT & Subject Tests||October 31, 2009|
|January 23, 2010||SAT & Subject Tests||December 15, 2009|
|March 13, 2010||SAT only||February 4, 2010|
|May 1, 2010||SAT & Subject Tests||March 25, 2010|
|June 5, 2010||SAT & Subject Tests||April 29, 2010|
THE SAT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ANY STUDENT PLANNING TO ATTEND AN OUT OF STATE COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY.