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SAT Reasoning Test

The SAT Reasoning Test is the principal standardised test for university admissions in the United States and is administered by the College Board. The test assesses critical thinking and problem solving skills. 

The new SAT has four sections grouped into two categories, plus an optional essay:

  • Evidence-based Reading and Writing
    • Reading (52 questions, 65 minutes)
    • Writing and Language (44 questions, 35 minutes)
  • Mathematics
    • Calculator (38 questions, 55 minutes)
    • No Calculator (20 questions, 25 minutes)
  • Essay (50 minutes)

The Reading and Writing sections are composed of multiple-choice questions based on a series of passages. The Mathematics sections include multiple-choice and student-generated ("grid-in") questions. 

In each category you can achieve a maximum score of 800, for a total maximum score of 1600. The essay is scored separately. Your tutor can take you through the details of each section and how it is scored.

The SAT has recently been updated, with changes taking effect from March 2016. See the College Board website for more information on the new SAT.


SAT Subject Tests

The SAT Subject Tests are one-hour multiple-choice tests offered across a variety of subjects. Students can choose which subjects they attempt from the choices available:

  • English Literature (entirely reading comprehension).
  • Math: Level I and Level II. 
  • History:  US and World History.
  • Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Foreign Languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Modern Hebrew, and Spanish.

Different universities require different numbers of Subject Tests as part of the application process. Many universities require two; some highly competitive universities require three. Some universities do not require Subject Tests to be taken at all, but applicants should normally expect to take at least two.

See the College Board website for more information on SAT Subject Tests.

When can you take the SAT/Subject Tests?

There are six administrations of the SAT and SAT Subject Tests throughout the year in the UK. These are normally held on the first Saturdays of October, November, December, May, and June, and on the last Saturday of January. Administrations begin at 8 a.m. and involve approximately four hours of testing for the SAT, or one hour per Subject Test.

Students can take either the SAT or up to three Subject Tests on any given test date. Please also note that not all Subject Tests are offered on every test date.

Students studying within the British curriculum normally take the SAT I for the first time in the January of their AS level year and their chosen Subject Tests in May or June to correspond with AS Level exams, though it is often advisable for students to begin earlier than this. Please contact us to discuss the best timing and strategy for your situation and curriculum.

Visit the College Board website for more information on test dates and registration deadlines

Re-sitting the SAT and Subject Tests

It isn't uncommon for students to re-sit the SAT or Subject Tests. As your score improves so do your chances of being accepted into your first choice of university. 

The College Board allows you to choose which of your SAT test scores are submitted with your university application. Previously all of your test results would have been submitted, good and not so good! If you have the time and your tutor feels that you have the capability to improve a score then re-sitting is worth serious consideration.

Our tutors

All of our SAT tutors have achieved a perfect score on every exam they teach. You can be sure that they will do everything they can during the lessons to raise your score, your confidence, and your chances of being accepted into your first choice university.

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