A short overview
SAT and ACT are both tests used for admission to US universities and colleges.
- If you are not going to study in the USA, then you do not need to do one of these tests.
- If you are going to study in the USA, then you can check the following website that gives an updated list of SAT/ACT optional universities and colleges. SAT/ACT Optional units
If in doubt, email the University/College and ask.
- If your University/College does not require SAT/ACT, then you do not need to test.
SAT is scored between 400-1600 and ACT 1-36. Both are multiple choice-based tests except for the optional essay writing section
Introducing the SAT Tests
There are two types of SAT Test
- SAT Reasoning Test (formerly called SAT 1). Multiple choice sections on Math and English followed by an optional essay.
- SAT Subject Tests (formerly called SAT 2).
- Math: Level 1 and Level 2
- Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics
- English (Literature)
- History: US History, World History
- Languages: Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, German, Modern Hebrew, Latin, Japanese and Korean
N.B Not all SAT Subject tests are available on every test date and at every test center
Which SAT subject tests should I take?
The SAT Subject Tests that you take should be based on your interests and academic strengths. The tests are a good way to show colleges your interest in specific majors or programs of study (e.g., engineering, pre-med. etc. ), and to highlight your strong points. Play to your strengths!
SAT Test dates 2021-22
August 28th, October 2nd, November 6th, December 4th, March 12th , May 7th, June 4th
- No SAT Subject tests on March 12th, 2022.
- Not all Test centers will offer all SAT Subject Tests on any given test date.
- Registration deadlines are approximately 3-4 weeks before the test date.
Details here SAT Registration deadlines
- The Official SAT Study Guide can be purchased online at SAT Prep books
- The Collegeboard’s Official SAT Online Course. Plus past papers to practice on. SAT Online Prep course
More details about the SAT Tests
|Reading Test||52 questions||65 minutes||Measures ability to understand written text|
|Mathematics||58 questions||80 minutes||Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12 – problem solving, data analysis and equations|
|Writing and Language Test||44 questions||35 minutes||Measures the interpretation, analysis and evaluation of a text|
|Optional Writing Test – Essay||50 minutes||Explain how the author builds an argument to persuade an audience. Support your explanation with evidence from the passage.|