The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

See the website for registration info and test dates.

SAT Redesign - March '16


The SAT has changed in some ways, but these things stayed the same:    

  • It’s accepted by almost all U.S. colleges.
  • It’s typically taken by juniors in the spring and seniors in the fall.
  • SAT scores and high school GPA are a powerful combination. Used together, there’s nothing better at predicting potential college success.


Show colleges you’ve got what it takes. Sign up for the test that measures the skills you’ve learned in class. Register now.

Wondering about dates and deadlines, fees and fee waivers, colleges that require the SAT Essay, photo ID policies? Get answers to all your registration questions.

You Changed What?

You might be surprised by everything that’s new about the new SAT:

  • All-new essay — and it’s optional
  • No penalty for guessing
  • No vocab that you’ll never use again

Know what to expect: Inside the Test

Skills Aren’t Bought

They’re learned — so brush up on your skills with free, personalized practice from Khan Academy®. Seriously, it’s free and it’s official — so click to practice.

Quick Facts

  • 4 parts: Reading, Writing and Language, Math, and the optional SAT Essay
  • 400–1600 score scale
  • 3 hours and 50 minutes with the SAT Essay — or 3 hours without it
  • 4 answer choices
  • 4 college application fee waivers for every student who uses an SAT fee waiver