Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

Your SAT score is a key component of your college applications.

The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The SAT is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test created and administered by the College Board.

The purpose of the SAT is to measure a high school student's readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. College admissions officers will review standardized test scores alongside your high school GPA, the classes you took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays. How important SAT scores are in the college application process varies from school to school.

What is on the SAT?

There are two SAT sections:

1. Math

2. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

The SAT also includes an optional Essay section. SAT Essay scores are reported separately from overall test scores. Some colleges may require that you complete the SAT Essay. You can confirm each college's admissions policies on the school website

SAT Length 3 hours (plus 50 minutes if taking optional Essay)
SAT Sections
  • Math
  • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 
  • Essay (optional)
SAT Cost $46 ($60 if taking SAT with Essay)
Highest SAT Score 1600
Average SAT Score 1060