FAQs about the SAT Exam:
Owned, published, & developed by the non-profit organization College Board, & administered by the Educational Testing Service, the SAT exam is used by colleges to help determine admission.
Who should take the SAT?
Any student who is planning to apply to college in the near future, typically high school juniors & seniors.
What is covered on the SAT?
The first section of the SAT exam is a written essay, and the last section is a multiple-choice writing section. The eight middle sections cover math, critical reading, & writing. The SAT is a measure of the critical thinking & problem-solving skills needed for academic success in college.
Are all the SAT questions multiple-choice?
The SAT also includes a timed written essay and 10 math questions where students are asked to fill in (or "grid-in") their own answers using a special section of the answer sheet. All multiple-choice questions have five answer choices, one of which is correct.
What score does my child need in order to pass the SAT?
There is no “passing” score on the SAT test; a “Perfect Score” is 2400, with each section (math, critical reading, and writing) worth 800 points. Each college has its own requirements for acceptable scores.
Can a student take the SAT more than once?
Yes - and they should! On-Track recommends taking the SAT at least twice. Some colleges will consider the highest overall score on one test. Others will consider the highest score in each section. Still others will consider the average of all the scores. The best bet is to check with each school regarding its policy.
What accomodations are available for students with learning disabilities?Students with disabilities may request extended time for taking the SAT from the College Board.
What is the difference between the SAT and the PSAT?
Both tests measure skills in math, critical reading & writing. The PSAT (typically taken during the sophomore year of high school) contains actual SAT questions, but is designed to be slightly easier (and shorter in length) than the SAT. The SAT is used for college admissions, whereas taking the PSAT gives students a chance to qualify for scholarship & recognition programs.