About the SAT I Reasoning Test
The SAT Reasoning Test is a measure of the critical thinking skills you'll need for academic success in college. The SAT assesses how well you analyze and solve problems—skills you learned in school that you'll need in college.
Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800, and the writing section will contain two subscores. The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. It is administered seven times a year in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. Territories, and six times a year overseas.
The 25-minute essay will always be the first section of the SAT, and the 10-minute multiple-choice writing section will always be the final section. The remaining six 25-minute sections can appear in any order, as can the two 20-minute sections. Test takers sitting next to each other in the same testing session may have test books with entirely different sections.
About the SAT II Subject Tests
Subject Tests (formerly SAT II: Subject Tests) are designed to measure your knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as your ability to apply that knowledge.
Students take the Subject Tests to demonstrate to colleges their mastery of specific subjects like English, history, mathematics, science, and language. The tests are independent of any particular textbook or method of instruction. The tests' content evolves to reflect current trends in high school curricula, but the types of questions change little from year to year.
Many colleges use the Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Used in combination with other background information (your high school record, scores from other tests like the SAT Reasoning Test, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a dependable measure of your academic achievement and are a good predictor of future performance.
Some colleges specify the Subject Tests they require for admission or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take.
Subject Tests fall into five general subject areas:
All Subject Tests are one-hour, multiple-choice tests. However, some of these tests have unique formats:
Important Information for All Test-Takers
- Sunday administrations occur the day after each Saturday test date, for students who cannot test on Saturday due to religious observance.
- The Language Tests with Listening are offered only in November.
* U.S. Registration Deadlines Important Information
- U.S. deadlines apply to students testing in the United States, U.S. Territories, and Puerto Rico.
- U.S. registration materials that are mailed must be postmarked by the U.S. deadlines.
- On March 14, only the SAT Reasoning Test™ is offered.
** International Registration Deadlines Important Information
- International deadlines apply to anyone testing outside of the United States, U.S. Territories, and Puerto Rico.
- International registration materials must be received by the international deadlines.
- There is no late registration for international testing. Online and telephone registrations must be completed by the international deadline dates listed above.
- Students registering through International Representatives must submit their paper registration with full payment by the early registration deadline.
- On March 14, the SAT is not offered outside of the United States, U.S. Territories, and Puerto Rico.