Many colleges require scores from either the ACT test or the ACT test as part of their admissions process.  If you would like to take the SAT test, then you must register for the exam online through College Board's website ( 

The SAT is a multiple-choice, paper/pencil test.   There are two SAT sections:  1) Math and 2) Evidence-Based Reading/Writing.  Each section of the SAT is scored on a 200 to 800 point scale. Your total SAT score is the sum of your section scores. The highest possible SAT score is 1600.  There is also an optional Essay section.  If you choose to take the SAT Essay exam, then the Essay score will be reported separately.    

The SAT test is 3 hours long.  If you choose to take the SAT with the Essay, then the test will be 3 hours and 50 minutes.  

Most colleges accept scores from the ACT test and the SAT test.  Either one is typically fine.  Some students opt to take both tests and see how well they do.  

If you register for the SAT, make sure you "bond" with College Board's website so you will know what to expect on test day.  Very helpful!


SAT Length 3 hours (plus 50 minutes if taking optional Essay)
SAT Sections
  • Math
  • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 
  • Essay (optional)
SAT Cost $46 ($60 if taking SAT with Essay)
Highest SAT Score 1600
Average SAT Score 1060

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