FAQ - SAT
SAT Subject Test Registration
I signed up for too many SAT Subject Tests™ and want to reduce the number. What should I do?
I already signed up for one or more SAT Subject Tests and want to add another. What should I do?
Why do I have to register by mail if it's the first time I'm registering for Sunday testing?
Taking the SAT
SAT Frequently Asked Questions
What is the SAT I or General test?
The SAT Reasoning Test is a test students usually take for college admissions. The test has three sections: Critical Reading, Writing and Math and is about three hours and 45 minutes long. Most people agree that the SAT is the single most important test students can take in high school.
Who creates the SAT?
The SAT is created by Educational Testing Service (ETS). ETS is paid by the College Board to create the exam. Both of these companies are private.
When is the SAT given?
The SAT is given seven times per year in the following months: October, November, December, January, March, May, and June. The test dates vary by year. To view specific dates visit Collegeboard.com.
When should I register for the SAT?
Registration deadlines are approximately 5 weeks before each test date. You may want to register at least 6 - 8 weeks ahead of time to avoid late fees and ensure that you can take the SAT at your preferred test center. The test center may fill up, in which case you would have to consider alternate options, such as testing at a different test center or moving your exam date to the next SAT Exam.
How do I register?
To register online, visit www.collegeboard.com.
To register by mail, you need The Paper Registration Guide for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests, which is available from your school counselor. The Guide includes a registration form and return envelope.
How much does it cost to take the SAT?
The SAT Reasoning Test costs $50.00 + a $27 late fee if you register after the registration deadline. For more SAT-related fees, click on the following link: http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/us-services-fees
How long does it take to get my scores back?
The scores are usually mailed out 4 - 6 weeks after you take the test. You may also look up your scores online through the College Board website two weeks after your exam at www.collegeboard.com
What if I take the SAT and mess up?
On the day of your test if you want to cancel your score during or after finishing your exam, you should ask the test supervisor for a "Request to Cancel Test Scores" form. You can submit the completed form immediately at the testing center.
If you've already left the testing center, you can mail or fax your form. However, College Board must receive your request form no later than 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) the Wednesday after the test.
Download and print the SAT Request to Cancel Test Scores form or write your request. You must provide the following information to cancel your scores:
-Test center number
-Name of test you are canceling — either the SAT or SAT Subject Test(s)
-Name, address, sex, birth date and registration number
-Signature (required or the cancellation will not be processed)
Label your request "Attention: SAT Score Cancellation" and send it via one of the following methods:
Overnight delivery via U.S. Postal Service Express Mail (U.S. only):
SAT Score Cancellation
P.O. Box 6228
Princeton, NJ 08541-6228
Other overnight mail service or courier (U.S. or international):
SAT Score Cancellation
225 Phillips Boulevard
Ewing, NJ 08618
What is Score Choice?
Score choice allows you to choose which SAT and SAT Subject Test scores you would like to send to colleges, at no additional cost. Different universities and colleges now have different score choice practices. Some schools require only the single highest test date score, some schools state that they combine the highest scores from different sections across test dates, and some schools require you to send all of your scores. View the score-choice practices of different schools. Always check with the schools you plan to apply to as well before sending your scores.
How many times can I take the SAT?
You can take the SAT Test as many times as you want; however, every time you take the SAT, the score is put on your permanent record. Your score report shows your current test score, in addition to scores for up to six SAT and six Subject Test administrations. While some of the more competitive colleges say they do not want you taking the SAT more than two or three times, most colleges do not care how many times you take the SAT.
What is a good score on the SAT?
A good score is one that will get you into the college of your choice, so the answer depends on where you want to go to college. The average score on the SAT is about a 1540. While class rank, extra-curricular activities, major, recommendations, essays, and other factors also come into play in college admissions, below is an estimate of what score is needed on the SAT for various colleges:
University Name Score Required
Harvard University 2200 or above
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2200 or above
New York University (NYU) 1950 or above
Rice University 2200 or above
Princeton University 2200 or above
Stanford 2200 or above
University of California: Los Angeles (UCLA 2050 or above
University of Colorado: Boulder 1 850 or above
University of Houston 1500 or above
University of Southern California (USC) 2050 or above
University of Texas: Austin 1850 or above
When should I start preparing for the SAT?
Because the SAT is the most important test for college admissions, it is always best to start preparing as early as possible. This allows more preparation time to achieve score goals. For students who have the goal of becoming a National Merit Semi-finalist, it is best to start by June before 10th grade. Otherwise, a student should start by the summer before their 11th grade, to maximize the effectiveness of our program because there are no distractions such as school homework, projects, exams or any other school activities. Students should start preparing for the SAT no later then the summer before their 12th grade.
Where can I get a sample SAT to practice on?
You can download this sample test from the College Board to practice on a Real SAT exam. If you would like to take an essay and have it scored for free by one of our in-house graders please Login to our website and create a free account.
How much high school math do I need before I can start preparing for the SAT?
Once you have completed high school algebra and geometry, you are ready to take the SAT. Although the SAT does include Algebra II, it is only a small fraction of the math section, about 10%.
How do extra-curricular activities, majors, recommendations, essays, and factors come into play in college admissions?
College admissions in the United States are not standardized in any way, which means that each undergraduate college develops its own system. Some of the most important factors in college admissions are high school grades, difficulty of a student's high school course selection, and scores on the SAT. The reputation of the high school is also important. Extracurricular activities such as membership to clubs, service activities, and athletic or musical talents are important during the admissions process and it is very damaging to a student's application for him or her to have no extracurricular involvement. The typical breakdown of college admissions is your class rank is 50%, the SAT is 25%, and the rest of the 25% is extra-curricular activities and recommendations. Private schools tend to rely more on extra-curricular activities for admissions then public schools.
Should I use an educational consultant?
Educational consultants counsel students and their families in the selection of educational programs, based on the student's individual needs and talents. The need for an educational consultant can vary based on the students; we recommend starting with arranging a meeting with your counselor as a research base, they can give you some general information as a starting point for your research. If your school counselors spend many hours counseling the students through the admission process and they have received special training through workshops or if you have access to information through a college career center, then you may not need an educational consultant. You can also approach the career services or counseling departments within the institutions that you are considering applying to. You may want to find out ahead of time, if they charge, if so, how much before committing to a service.
How do I find out about scholarships?
To find out more about scholarships, their availability and requirements, visit www.fastweb.com, you can also visit www.finaid.com for information on financial aid. You should also ask the companies that your parents are employed at for any scholarship opportunities.
Does having a summer job help or hurt me?
Summer jobs are a great way to earn some money and work experience. Work experience demonstrates your ability manage your time and shoulder responsibilities, and clues college admissions officers into your character and leadership potential. Work experience can be anything from paid or volunteer work, after-school or summer program participation, to internships. Internships, whether paid or not, give you a first-hand look at specific careers as a way to identify career interests. In whatever programs you participate in, whether in a job, an internship, or helping out at home, your experience is an important way to demonstrate key qualities. The participation in the various activities may even help you find a topic for your college essays.
Whatever qualities that you develop by this experience will help you build your resume and enhance your college applications. The summer before your 12th grade is the best time for summer employment, which is why we recommend Excel Test after 10th grade, if possible. You may want to start looking for a summer job in the spring of your 11th grade, which is when most employers start hiring for the summer. Ask your parents, teachers, school administrators, or any other mentors if they know of any internships or summer job openings.
Remember, the quality of your experience is much more important than the number of dollars you can earn at any job!
Should I go to a public or private college?
State and community colleges, also known as public colleges, are generally less expensive than private colleges. Public colleges receive funding from their respective states in order to make the cost of education affordable to the greatest number of people. Most states offer in-state residents a significantly lower tuition price. At community colleges, your tuition rate is based on your district. If you live within a particular community-college district, you can take courses for a lower price than students who live outside of the district.
Private colleges, on the other hand, do not receive the same type of funding, so they rely more heavily on tuition, endowments and other private sources of revenue. Private colleges are usually more expensive than public colleges, but may offer smaller class sizes, or additional scholarships and grants that are not available at public schools.
Your decision on which school to attend or even to narrow down your search generally depend on the following two criteria: Money (scholarships and financial aid) and your choice of major(s). If you know your major then you should apply to the best school for that major that you can get into. If you are unsure of your major, then you should apply to a very well-rounded school, where you can explore the different career options and field of studies. Only you can decide which institutions are right for you, based on your specifications and the programs that you are interested in. Remember to do as much research as possible to make a well informed choice.
What are Dual Degree Programs?
Dual Degree Programs differ from university to university. In general terms, universities offer a Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in your field of studies in a shorter amount of time versus if you pursued the two degrees independently (varies by university). They also offer different variations such as offering an Associate Degree and Bachelors Degree or two different Masters Degrees.
Why should I consider a Dual Degree Program?
Students successfully completing the program earn two degrees: Associate and Bachelor, Bachelor and Masters, or Masters and Masters (depending on which degrees you pursue and what options the school offers). With the Dual Degree Program one year of school and its financial costs are saved, also having two degrees will give you an edge in the interview process when applying for employment over other candidates.
What do your SAT courses cover?
Our courses cover all of the topics that appear on the SAT.
SAT Verbal Topics
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Sentence Completion
SAT Verbal Workshop
SAT Math Topics
SAT Word Problems
SAT Advanced Math
SAT Math Workshop
SAT Writing Topics
SAT Writing #1 (Essay Writing)
SAT Writing #2 (Grammar and Usage Review)
FAQ - SAT