Everything You Need to Know About the SAT


Maisie Tidey, Writer and Media Coordinator

The SAT is a CollegeBoard administered, standardized test often used for college admissions. The test consists of two sections designed to measure students’ skills in each area. These include Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math. The sections are divided into a 65 minute Reading test, 35-minute Writing and Language Test, 55 minute Math test with a calculator, and finally, 25-minute non-calculator Math test.

There is one more opportunity to take the SAT in 2020, so make sure to sign up. Registration is open till November 5th, with late registration open till November 24th. The test will take place on December 5th, and scores will be released on December 18th.

The SAT costs $52 without the essay and $68 with it. The SAT subject test is $48 per subject, $52 for Language Tests with Listening. If a student misses the registration deadline, they can still make the late registration deadline for a fee of $30.

In terms of preparing for the test, free SAT practice can be found on khanacademy.org, tailored to each student based on their previous PSAT and SAT scores. The site provides students with personalized practice recommendations, full-length practice tests, a personal study plan, and much more. It is proven that students who used these features scored, on average, an additional 39 points higher on the SAT than students who did not use Official SAT Practice. CollegeBoard provides eight printable, full-length practice tests with scoring guides, answer explanations, and an array of practice questions. 

A face covering is required in all test centers, along with a printed admission ticket and acceptable photo identification. Test takers cannot use a picture or photocopy of their ID; it must be the physical document itself. Ensure that when registering, all information perfectly matches that of the chosen ID and that the image used closely resembles the one on the ID. Furthermore, make sure to bring two No. 2 pencils with erasers and an approved calculator. Lists of acceptable calculators and ID examples can be found on CollegeBoard, along with more information on the test, fees, practice, additional policies, and Registration forms. 

Visit collegeboard.org for more information.