As the nation’s most widely used college admission test, the SAT is the first step toward higher education for students of all backgrounds. It’s taken by more than two million students every year and is accepted by virtually all colleges and universities.

There are many reasons to take the SAT, but here are a few of the biggies:

It tests what you already know:

The SAT tests the reading, writing and math skills that you learn in school and that are critical for success in college and beyond. It gives both you and colleges a sense of how you’ll be able to apply the thinking, writing and study skills required for college course work.

It’s fair to everyone:

The questions are rigorously researched and tested to make sure students from all backgrounds have an equal chance to do well. And the test is straightforward. There are no tricks designed to trip you up. Students who do well in the classroom are often the same ones who will do well on the SAT.

It’s more than just a test:

The SAT also provides the opportunity for you to connect to scholarship opportunities, place out of certain college courses and learn more about your academic strengths.

It helps you select the right fit for college:

SAT scores are among the factors considered in college admission. Many schools’ websites share the range of SAT scores reported by their admitted students. You can also find this information in College Search. This valuable information allows you to research which colleges might be the best fit for you.

SAT I test details:

SAT is used as a prerequisite for admission into college or under graduation in US for any program. The SAT I is a three-hour test that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning skills students have developed over time and skills they need to be successful academically. Many colleges and universities use the SAT as one indicator among others – class rank, high school GPA, extracurricular activities, personal essay, and teacher recommendations of a student’s readiness to do college-level work. The test is administered several times a year.


SAT II – Subject Tests are one-hour, multiple-choice tests. They measure how much students know about a particular academic subject and how well they can apply that knowledge. There are 22 Subject Tests which can be divided into 5 broad categories./