Your SAT score is a key component of your college applications. Many colleges require SAT scores as a part of the admissions process. 

SAT Quick Facts

Frequency 7 times/year
Duration 3 hours, 50 minutes
Sections Math, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing,
Optional Essay
Cost $54.50 ($43 without Essay)
Max. Score 800/section (Essay reported separately)
Avg. Score Score information now available

What is the SAT?

Created by the College Board, the SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The goal is to provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. That said, 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 in admissions varies from school to school. 

The SAT exam is offered nationally every year in August, October, November, December, March, May and June. View all upcoming SAT test dates.

For more specific information on the importance of SAT scores at the schools you're interested in, check out our college profiles, and contact the admissions offices directly.

What does the SAT test?

There are two SAT sectionsMath, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, plus an optional Essay. The Essay results are reported separately. Start to finish, the test will take you three hours and 50 minutes.

Should I take the SAT or the ACT?

Is one harder? Is one better? More prestigious? More useful? If only it were that simple. In most cases, colleges will accept either exam and do not demonstrate a preference for one over the other, so it's up to you to figure out which test to take. We can help you explore both tests. Click to read more about the SAT vs. the ACT or take our quiz

How is the SAT scored?

Each section of the SAT is scored on a 200 to 800 point scale, making the "perfect" score 1600. Learn more about your SAT Score Report.

How do I know if my SAT score is good enough to get me into my dream school?

The first administration of the current SAT format 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. The College Board may require SAT registration by mail under special circumstances.

How can I prep for the SAT?

We can help. We have SAT prep solutions for every student and every budget.