The Scholastic Aptitude Test, (SAT) is a test given to young high school students with a desire to attend college after receiving their high school diploma. The test is administered by the College Board, a national, nonprofit association 'dedicated to preparing, inspiring, and connecting students to college and opportunity'. The College Board was founded in 1900 and now boasts more than 3,800 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations in their membership. The College Board helps over three million students in 22,000 high schools connect with 3,500 colleges through their services every year.
To register for the SAT tests, you need to complete a registration form either online or by contacting your local high school guidance office. Once you’ve registered and paid a small administration fee, you’ll be informed of the test date, time and location. The SAT covers many areas of academic skills including math aptitude, writing and reading skills. Your scores are then tallied and made available to you for submission to the college or university of your choice.
Three types of verbal questions are given including 19 analogy questions, 19 sentence completion questions and 40 critical reading questions.
Three types of math questions are used including 35 five-choice multiple-choice, 15 four-choice quantitative comparison questions and 10 student-produced response questions. You should know math concepts that include Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and logical reasoning.
There are several other services that you can take advantage of after completing the SAT test. The College Board offers a program called Score Choice that lets you see your SAT exam before you request score reports for scholarship programs. You can also decide which score you want to have on your permanent records. You can request the Score Choice option by filling in this option on your SAT registration form.
Student Search Service® is a free information service for students that allows colleges to view your scores as they search for the best students for their enrollment. This way you can let colleges and universities know about you and get educational and financial aid information from them. You can request this Student Search Service option by filling it in on your SAT registration form.
There is also a Question And Answer Service that is optional with the SAT test and gives you a chance to review a part of the verbal and math sections of your SAT. The Student Answer Service is the final SAT optional service that gives you a computer report of the difficulty level of the questions you answered and whether you answered them correctly.
High school students looking at a future that includes college are way ahead of the game if they complete the SAT test and pass their scores on to potential scholarship programs. It’s a great way to let colleges know you’re interested in them.