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General Information About the SAT

Scholastic Aptitude Test


Overview
Because high-schools throughout the country have varying grading and instructional standards, high-school G.P.A. by itself is not an accurate predictor of college performance. The SAT serves as a standard by which colleges and universities can measure a student's reasoning abilities to predict how well he or she might do at their college.

The SAT does not test how much you know. Rather, it tests your math and verbal reasoning abilities, and compares it to the abilities of students from other high-schools. Each of the 2 sections on the SAT are scored from 200(lowest) to 800(highest), for a maximum of 1600.

How is the SAT Structured?
The SAT consists of 2 categories - Math and Verbal, and takes 3 hours to complete. Each category is scored from 200(lowest) to 800(highest), for a maximum total of 1600. The national average score is approximately 1000. The test is divided up into a total of 7 sections - 3 verbal sections, 3 math sections, and 1 experimental section (this experimental section is used by the Educational Testing Service for research purposes - this section's score does not count).

What is the SAT II (or Subject Tests)?
Subject Tests are designed to test your knowledge in a particular area of study and how well you can apply that knowledge. Students take the SAT II to highlight their in-depth knowledge in areas such as English, History, Math, Foreign Languages and Science. These tests are usually given on the same day as the SAT and most tests take one hour to complete, and are mostly multiple choice. The writing test includes a twenty-minute essay and forty minutes of questions. Some colleges and universities require this information, and most do not. However, if you excel at a certain subject, consider taking the subject test to show-off your extensive knowledge and test out of courses that may underneath your level of expertise.

When is the SAT Administered?
The SATs are administered 7 times a year.
Click here for the SAT dates and registration deadlines for the 2007-2008 school year.

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