your college in 5 easy steps
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:
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?
Simply choose a test date and register. The registration fee costs more than $45, and additional fees may apply.
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).