What does the SAT stand for?
Initially, SAT was an acronym for the Scholastic Aptitude Test. In 1993, the test was renamed the SAT I: Reasoning Test. At the same time, the former Achievement Tests were renamed the SAT II: Subject Tests. SAT has become a simple way of referring to the SAT I: Reasoning Test.
Who administers the SAT?
ETS (Education Testing Services) conducts the SAT on behalf of the "College Entrance Examination Board".
Are all SAT questions multiple-choice?
All of the SAT is multiple-choice except the essay section and 10 student-produced-response math questions. These math questions ask you to fill in or "grid-in" your own answers using a special section of the answer sheet.
How many times can you take the test?
SAT is held about 6-7 times a year. You can take the test as many times as you want. Your score report will show your current test score, plus scores for up to six SAT reasoning and six Subject Test administration dates.
How do I ensure that I'll get my first choice of a test center when I register?
Test center assignment is done on a "first come, first served" basis. So, although College Board cannot guarantee that you'll get your first choice of test center when you register, registering early gives you the best chance of getting the test center you want. Remember that you can register in advance for any test date during the year, not just the next scheduled date. Beginning in May, you can also register online for the following year's test dates.
What is the difference between SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Tests?
The SAT is designed to access the critical thinking skills essential to do well in college. It measures your analytical skills and your approach towards any problem. That is why SAT scores are used for college admissions. The SAT subject tests focus on specific subjects and are usually of one hour. While SAT Reasoning Test
has wide acceptability, SAT Subject Tests have limited acceptability.
What is the highest possible score for SAT?
The highest possible SAT I Reasoning Test score is 2400. For each of the SAT II Subject Tests, the highest possible score is 800.
Can I send my SAT scores alone to college/university authorities?
No, your SAT scores alone would not give you admission in colleges/universities. Your academic marks are equally important during admission in colleges/universities.
What should I remember to take on SAT Test Day?
On Test Day, make sure to do the following things:
- Your admission ticket.
- Two No. 2 pencils and a soft eraser
- Photo Identification
- Acceptable Calculator