Created by the College Board, the SAT is a globally recognized suite of assessments offering a continuum of college-readiness. It is the nation's most widely used admissions test among colleges and universities. It allows students to showcase their best work by mastering the skills they are learning in the classroom. The assessments are designed to:

  • Measure the essential ingredients for college and career readiness and success, as shown by research

  • Have a stronger connection to classroom learning

  • Inspire productive practice

Student Benefits

  • SAT Suite of Assessments 

    • PSAT for 8th and 9th graders

      • Establish a starting point in terms of college and career readiness as students transition to high school

    • PSAT/NMSQT for sophomores and juniors

      • Serve as check-ins on student progress and pinpoint areas for development

    • SAT for juniors and seniors

      • Provides opportunity for students to show colleges that they have what it takes to succeed on campus

    • As students advance from grade to grade, the tests keep pace, matching the scope and difficulty of work found in the classroom.

  • Test Features

    • State and district standard alignment

    • Newly redesigned SAT includes no penalty for guessing, no SAT vocabulary words, more time per question and more relevant math and reading questions

    • Optional essay for the SAT

    • Full test specifications available

    • Tested Areas

      • Evidence-based Reading and Writing

      • Math

      • Science and Social Studies embedded in tested areas

      • Focuses on a few things evidence shows matter most for college and career

  • Scale Scores for Great Insight

    • Common score scale that provides instant feedback across assessments

    • Sub-scores and cross-test scores that provide insight into specific strengths and weaknesses

    • No penalty for guessing

    • SAT Score Converter

      • Compares scores on new SAT, old SAT and ACT

  • Resources of Students

Instructional Benefits

  • Teacher Implementation Guide

    • Generates ideas for integrating SAT practice and skill development

    • Provides information to interpret student scores, monitor progress, and make connections between scores, curriculum and instruction

  • Professional Development Modules

    • Presents information based on test features, curriculum, scores and activities to facilitate student success

  • Score Resources         

    • Provides modules and demonstrations on score reporting and interpretation

To learn more about the SAT, please visit College Board