What are the SATs?

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).  


Subjects available:

  • 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 


SAT Preparation

More details about the SAT Tests

Test     Content
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.