The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is one of two standardized entrance exams used by colleges and universities to help make admissions decisions and often to award grants and scholarships (the other is the ACT).  The goal is to provide colleges with a common criterion that can be used to compare applicants.  It is simply one factor in the admissions process and the weight placed on SAT scores varies from school to school.  *Many colleges now review applications on a test-optional basis. This means you have a choice to submit, or not, standardized test scores.  It is important to determine the requirements of each college to which you are applying and to decide what makes best sense for your application.*

The SAT is offered across the United States every year in August, October, November, December, March, May and June.  There are two sections in the recently revised SAT:  Mathematics and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing.  The essay portion of the exam was discontinued as of June 2021.  The test is three hours long from start to finish.  Each section of the SAT is scored on a 200 to 800 point scale, making 1600 a "perfect" score.

Students typically attempt the SAT beginning in their junior year (once or twice) and again in the fall of their senior year.  If a student takes the SAT more than once, most colleges will take the highest Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score from a combination of administrations (aka superscoring).

SAT Registration

You may register online and should do so at least four weeks before the test date.  Consider registering even earlier if you have a preferred test location and date in mind.  When you register you will need

  • The Pine View School School CEEB code: 101577
  • A digital photo of clear resolution and with a plain backdrop.  Or you may send in a photo with paper registration.

If you miss the registration deadline, you may be able to go online for late registration or to request a waitlist status.  View SAT Test Dates and Registration   Test Accommodations

SAT Scores

When you register for the SAT, you can specify up to four colleges to which your score for that test date will be sent automatically (included in your registration fee).  For a fee (per recipient) you can wait until after you receive your scores from multiple test dates before sending your scores.  College Board Score Choice allows you to select your best scores by test date to send to colleges.  Some colleges allow you to use Score Choice, but a few require that you send ALL scores.  For this reason, it is advised to take the test no more than three times.  Always check individual college requirements before test registration and sending scores. Check or Send your SAT scores

It is your responsibility to know which colleges require which tests and to request that your scores be sent from or to the colleges.  Scores from standardized tests do NOT appear on your Pine View transcript.  The only way that colleges will receive them is if you send them.  Each year otherwise qualified applicants are rejected because they failed to send test scores in a timely way!

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