Learn about the SAT
The SAT is a standardized test used by American universities to assess students’ readiness for college. It is developed and published by the College Board. The SAT is designed to test fundamental math, reading, and writing skills that students learn in high school. The SAT is offered worldwide multiple times every year, and students can choose to take it multiple times and report their highest score to colleges. It is taken by more than 2.2 million students annually. Scores are adjusted to be comparable across test sessions.
The SAT has four components: the Reading Test, the Writing and Language Test, the Math Test, and the optional SAT Essay. Students taking the SAT receive a score on 10-point intervals between 400 and 1600: 800 points for the Reading and Writing sections together, and 800 points for the Math section. The average SAT score is 1059/1600. The Essay section is scored separately from the rest of the test.