February 10, 2021

SAT Guide | About the SAT | 5 Facts on the SAT

1. The SAT: What Is It?

The SAT is one of two standardized college admissions exams in the US and it’s given out seven times a year: March, May, June, August, October, November, and December. Students can take the SAT anytime starting in the 6th grade, but most opt to taking it their junior year of high school, and possibly again in the fall of their senior year to increase their scores. For more info on the 2021-2022 test dates, click here.

2. The SAT is Scored from 400 to 1,600

Scores on the SAT range from 400–1,600. The overall score is a combination of scores received in the reading and writing portion and the math portion, each ranging from 200-800. The average SAT score is 1068. Most elite schools ask for a score of 1500 or higher, while state colleges usually admit students with scores starting around 1050.

3. The SAT Has Four Sections

The SAT is split into four sections: reading, writing and language, math (no calculator), and math (yes calculator). It breaks down like this:

  • Reading: Reading and vocabulary in context.
  • Writing and Language: Grammar and usage.
  • Math (No Calculator): Heart of algebra, problem solving and data analysis, advanced math, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus.
  • Math (Yes Calculator): Same as above.


4. Sending Your Scores to Colleges: Four’s Free, More’s Money

Once you register for the SAT, you can pick up to four colleges to receive your scores at no charge. After you take the test, shipping your scores to more colleges comes with a fee — usually, around $11.25, although waivers are available based on income. You can also pay extra to rush your score to a school.

5. Practice Makes Progress

The SAT is a predictable test, so going in with as much practice as possible is vital for success. At Class 101, we offer a comprehensive SAT course with an official SAT study guide and online access portal. This also includes things from video lessons to interactive practice quizzes. So, sign up today to ensure your student is prepared with not only the best test-taking skills but also the boost of confidence needed for test day.

Ready to make test day the best day? Register for our SAT Prep Course by calling 859.277.2371 or email [email protected] for more information.

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