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College Preparedness: SAT Testing

This is to help high school students and their families know what to expect in the college transition process.

SAT Helpful Links

  • Test fees: Check fees and other charges for SAT test
  • Dates and deadlines: Mark your calendars for your test dates and deadlines 
    • Notice that test type, center or date change would incur a $28 change fee
    • Registering after the regular deadline but before the late registration deadline would also cost you an additional $28 late registration fee
  • Practice sites: Practice tests before the official test date
  • Practice apps: Download practice apps on your tablets and smartphones for even more convenient practice experiences 
    • Here are some practice apps that you might find helpful
  • SAT Study Guide: Check out these study guides to see helpful tips and strategies
  • For more information about SAT test, please refer to CollegeBoard


*Many colleges require completion of either the ACT or SAT or both exams before admitting students. Check the comparison table to see the difference between these two exams and decide which one is right for you.

Three Things You Should Know about SAT

  • It's OKAY to take the SAT test more than once.

You are likely to improve  every time you take the SAT test. If you are not satisfied with your first score, take a second test. Remember that many colleges allow you to choose which score to be sent as part of the application.

  • Know what your college's average scores are.

           Having a higher score than your college's average score will give you a better chance of getting scholarship or aid.

  • Know whether your college requires a specific subject test.

Find out here whether your college requires or recommends a subject test before you register for SAT.

What to Expect on Test Day

  • Doors open at 7:45 am and close at 8:00 am.
  • Testing starts between 8:30 to 9:00 am.
  • You can eat, drink or go to the restroom during a 10-minute and a 15-minute break.
  • You must follow the rules for cell phones and electronics, or your scores may be canceled. 
  • For more detailed information, check it out on College Board.

Terms to Know

  • SAT is one of the popular standardized tests used to help colleges review students preparedness in math and writing.
  • SAT subject tests have a variety of topics: English, History, Mathematics, Sciences, and Languages. The tests are a great way to show colleges your interests and strengths. Some colleges require or recommend taking SAT subject tests. Be sure to check out your college's requirement.
  • Fee waiver is a reduced cost for college admission tests and some even will pay for the entire cost, which allows low -income students to test for free.  Check with your high school counselor or your community center to see if you qualify for the fee waiver. You can also check if you are eligible through the website.