SAT Exam Prep FAQs

 The SAT is a nationally administered standardized test used by many colleges as one factor to determine college admittance.  The test measures what you learn in high school with an emphasis on reasoning.

Offered seven times per year in the US, the SAT consists of four tests, with the Essay being optional. The three tests that everyone takes assesses your abilities in the following areas (1) Reading, (2) Writing and Language, and (3) Math.

The SAT has 154 questions. These consist of multiple choice and free response questions. The Math portion has both a calculator active and a calculator inactive section. The SAT takes approximately 3 hours (not including breaks). If the optional writing test is taken, that adds approximately 50 minutes.

Is the SAT important?

The SAT is a vital test to students who are planning to further their education and attend college. Most colleges determine student acceptance based upon SAT scores. SAT scores are at least as important as students' high school grades if not more important.

What is the SAT point scale?

You'll receive two section scores, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math, which are each reported on a scale ranging from 200 to 800. Together, these two scores make up your total score. The total score ranges from 400 to 1600. Your scores on the optional Essay are reported separately.

How many times can the SAT be taken?

The SAT can be taken an unlimited number of times.

When should I take the SAT?

Students have traditionally taken the SAT in the spring of their junior year and, if necessary, again in the fall of their senior year. However, more and more students are choosing to take their first SAT earlier, such as during the fall of their junior year. This gives them more flexibility to retake the SAT test one or more times, or to take the ACT or SAT subject tests.

*The SAT Math section covers content from Math 1 (Algebra), Math 2 (Geometry) and some of Math 3 (Algebra II). We recommend that students wait to take our course until they have completed Math 2 and are currently taking Math 3.

are there any requirements for taking the sat?

While there are no particular requirements we do offer recommendations. The SAT Math section covers content from Math 1 (Algebra), Math 2 (Geometry) and some of Math 3 (Algebra II). We recommend that students wait to take our course until they have completed Math 2 and are currently taking Math 3.

what is the sat with essay?

The SAT with Essay includes the three subject area tests plus a 50-minute writing test. If you do not select the Essay option at time of registration, it can be added later. Though the Essay is optional, check with your preferred college for specific requirements. 

The Writing Test is a 50-minute essay test that measures your reading, analysis and writing skills.

What is the length of the SAT?

The length of the SAT is 3 hours. The SAT with Essay is 3 hours and 50 minutes. Additional time will be needed to allow for breaks.

how much does the sat cost?

The SAT exam costs $49.50 and includes reports for you, your high school and up to four college choices (up to 9 days after the test). The SAT with Essay exam costs $64.50 and includes reports for you, your high school and up to four college choices (up to 9 days after the test). For an additional $13.50 fee, you can request a copy of your test questions and answers at the time or registration. For more information, click here.

*Qualified students can request a fee waiver for the SAT or SAT with Essay. Click here for more information: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/fees/fee-waivers

when is the sat administered?

The SAT is administered on seven test dates: August, October, November, December, March, May, and June. The exam is administered within the United States.

How many questions are there and how long will the test take?

The SAT includes 154 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours not including breaks.
  • Reading: 52 questions - 65 minutes
  • Math: 58 questions 80 minutes
  • Writing and Language: 44 questions 35 minutes

Is a calculator allowed on the SAT?

Calculators are allowed on one of the two math sections.

Is food or drink allowed during the SAT?

Food and drinks are not allowed in the testing room. However, students will receive several breaks and are encouraged to bring a snack and drink for that time.

When should I start preparing for the SAT?

If you are contemplating taking the SAT, you should start preparing now.

Where can I find the average SAT scores of colleges?

Many colleges post this information on the College Board website.

how is the sat scored?

You'll earn two section scores (200 to 800) on (1) Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and (2) Math and a combined score of these two scores. The combined score does not include the essay score. The optional Essay score is reported separately.

The highest possible SAT score is 1600, while the national average is currently 1068.

*Please check with your college of choice for specific score requirements

Are colleges able to see all SAT scores?

Colleges are able to see every SAT score achieved by students. Depending on the college and the student's intended major, some pay special attention to the scores in a specific section.

Where do I find my SAT score?

Your official score will be provided to you and your high school within 5 weeks after the test is administered. SAT scores can also be found by logging into your account at http://www.collegeboard.org

How do I register for the SAT?

You may register online.

Are parents allowed to attend classes with their student?

We do not allow non-paid individuals/parents to audit the class. Only paid students and instructors are allowed in the classroom.

Cell Phone Policy

We want all students to be fully engaged in their test prep course.  To encourage full immersion, we ask that students limit cell phone use during class. Students are welcome to use their cell phones on breaks but phones should be tucked away during the duration of learning.

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