SAT Reasoning Test
The SAT is a 3-hour-and 45-minute test that measures the critical thinking, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills that students need to do college-level work. SAT scores can help colleges better understand how your child compares with other college-bound students.
The tests three sections are divided into nine subsections, including a 25-minute essay, which are timed separately.
SAT Subject Tests
These are one-hour, primarily multiple choice tests in specific subjects, such as Writing. By taking Subject Tests, your child can demonstrate her academic strengths to colleges. You and your child can learn the admission requirements of colleges through the College Board website under College Search.
*Home-schooled students --Some colleges require home-schoolers to take one or more Subject Tests for admission and placement.
Taking the Tests
How to Register
Students can register for SAT tests on their own. Unlike the PSAT/NMSQT, you do not need to go through a local high school. You and your child can find more information about how to register with our online student guide on the College Board website under SAT Registration.
To register by mail, you need to get a free SAT Registration Booklet. Pick up one from the local high school guidance office or contact the SAT Program to have one sent to you. It includes a registration form and information on how to complete the various necessary code numbers.
All students enter a school code on the registration form. Joshua's school code is 443700.
*Home-Schooled Students -- A universal home school code is listed in the Registration Booklet and on the online registration form. Home-schooled students who do not have an acceptable photo ID for admission to the test should go to the authorized Homeschool Association or local school district to obtain a Student ID form on appropriate letterhead.
Please see your high school counselor to help determine if you are eligible for a fee waiver.
*Home-schooled Students--you must provide proof of eligibility from a high school or agency fee-waiver administrator or counselor. Only a school counselor can provide you with an SAT fee waiver.
Where to Take the Tests
The SAT Program tests are administered on specific dates at test centers around the country, many of which are high schools. When registering, choose two test sites (in order of preference) where your child would like to test.
Scores and Score Reporting
Score reports begin getting delivered several weeks after the test to the address provided on the Registration Form and to requested colleges and scholarship programs. Four reports are included as part of the registration fee, when requested within 9 days of the test date. Additional reports can be sent to colleges and scholarship programs for a fee.
*Home-schooled Students--have the same services available to them as traditional students. Your child can receive Scores by Phone, send additonal score reports, or see some test questions and answers.