SAT PREP: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE
About the SAT
The scores from the SAT ( or the ACT ) are required from US colleges as part of the admissions process. The SAT is a standardized test that is accepted by most colleges across America and is a factor for whether you will be admitted, among other criteria, including high school GPA, academic transcript, letters of recommendation, personal essays, and possible interviews.Beyond the obvious fact that SAT scores is used to stack up applicants to one another, its original purpose is to measure a high school student’s readiness for college.
What’s on the SAT?
There are only two sections on the SAT:
- Evidence-Based Reading & Writing
* a student may also elect to take the optional Essay section. These scores will be reported separately from overall testing scores. Although this is optional, many colleges and universities actually require this Essay section for admissions. Be sure to check the admissions websites for the schools you intend on applying to to see whether or not they require the Essay from the SAT.
How Long is the SAT?
The actual testing time of the SAT is 3 hours. This is without taking the optional Essay or breaks. With the Essay section, the total testing time increases to 3 hours and 50 minutes.If you are taking the SAT with the optional Essay, you will also get 3 breaks, which will add to the time at the testing center:
- 10 minute break after Reading
- 5 minute break after the Math No Calculator
- 2 minute break after the Math Calculator (only if you are taking the optional Essay)
Should You Take the SAT or the ACT?
Since both the SAT and ACT can be used for admissions to most American universities, you may be wondering which test you should take. It’s hard to say which test is harder, as the SAT has been updated in 2016 to make it more similar to the ACT.When choosing whether you should prep for the SAT or the ACT, the best thing for you to do is take a diagnostic full-length test of each before prepping and see which test you did better on. You will have a natural advantage on whichever test you are already better at!Start Here:Free ACT Practice Tests
How’s the SAT Scored?
Each of the two sections of the SAT is scored on a 200-800 point scale. Your total SAT score is the sum of these two scores. This means the final SAT score range is 400-1600.