October 9, 2018
What are the SATs?
SATs are part of all high schools’ curriculum in order for students to continue on to post-secondary education. Taking the SATs can significantly sway a college’s interest in you as a future student. If you do well on your SATs, it can compensate for your overall GPA.
In the US, you need to complete either the SATs or the ACTs to be able to go on to college. Normally, you are able to take either one depending on your strengths. This is assessed through the PSATs and PACTs provided by high schools, which are the practice-exam versions of the SATs and the ACTs. Students are encouraged to try both to assess their strengths accordingly.
When are the Sat’s?
Students write their PSATs (practice exams) during their junior year. The official SATs take place as early as the summer leading up to senior year and as late as November.
Students are able to write the exams as many times as they need in order to better their grades. However, they need to pay roughly $60USD each time they resit.
What components are involved?
The SATs are composed of Reading, Writing, Math and an optional essay. The exam lasts around 3 hours, with breaks included.
Students will go through 5 passages in the Reading section. Math covers Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Data Analysis. The optional essay assesses comprehension.
Students will be scored from 400-1600.
Where can you sit the SAT’s exams?
Public and private high schools commonly host the SATs, but students from many different areas can write them in the same school location.
Where to take the SAT’s in you live in the U.K?
Most UK schools over external students the options to sit the SAT’s. You can find a centre here. It’s best to get your exam booked in sooner rather than later, as spaces for SAT’s fill up pretty quickly.
How are SATs different from ACTs?
The SATs are scaled differently than the ACTs. It also doesn’t matter which of the two you take– whichever one you feel more comfortable with is up to you.
There are also SAT subject tests that can exempt you from having to take certain courses in college. Receiving a high mark on these subject-specific SATs will not only boost your application, but replace the course you would have otherwise had to take in college. However, this is dependant on the institutions’ protocol themselves.