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. View all upcoming SAT test dates.
SAT Quick Facts
3 hours, 50 minutes
Math, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Optional Essay
$54.50 ($43 without Essay)
800/section (Essay reported separately)
Score information now available
How do I know if my SAT score is good enough to get me into my dream school?
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 counselors, parents, and students get this important information.
How do I register?
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 counselor. Or you can call ETS at 609-771-7600, and they'll send you one free of charge.
(Information from Princeton Review)