Created by the College Board, the SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The idea (in theory, at least) is to provide colleges with one common criterion that can be used to compare all applicants. However, it is just one factor in the admissions decision. Schools also consider your high school GPA, academic transcript, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, interviews, and personal essays. The weight placed on SAT scores varies from school to school.
The SAT exam is offered nationally every year in October, November, December, January, March, May and June.
For more specific information on the importance of SAT scores at the schools you’re interested in, contact the admissions offices directly. Learn about the 2016 SAT changes, and check out the SAT Student Portal from The Princeton Review
As of March 2016, there are two SAT sections: Math, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, plus an optional Essay. The Essay results are reported separately. Start to finish, the test will take you three hours and 50 minutes.
Each section of the SAT is scored on a 200 to 800 point scale, making the “perfect” score 1600.
The first administration of the redesigned SAT was in March 2016. The College Board has released concordance information to help admission officers understand the new scores in relation to the old SAT scores and ACT scores. Our awesome research team will continue to closely monitor how schools are using SAT scores to make sure counsellors, parents, and students get this important information. Click here for a FREE consultation on your scores.
SAT registration deadlines fall approximately five weeks before each test date. Register online on the College Board website. You can also register by mail by filling out the registration form in the College Board’s The Student Registration Guide for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests. You can get a free copy of this publication from your school’s guidance counsellor. Or you can call ETS at 609-771-7600, and they’ll send you one free of charge.