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SAT I: SAT Reasoning Test

The SAT I is a three hour and forty-five minute examination that is primarily multiple choice in format. Calculators are permitted for the mathematics part of the exam. Calculators should be the non-programmable type. The SAT I is designed to measure verbal and mathematical abilities. Writing sections have been added as of the March 2005 test date. The short essay purports to measures a student's ability to:

  • Organize and express ideas clearly
  • Develop and support the main idea
  • Use appropriate word choice and sentence structure

Students will be asked to develop a point of a view on an issue, using reasoning and evidence - based on personal experiences, readings, or observations - to support ideas. The multiple-choice writing questions measure a student's ability to:

  • Improve sentences and paragraphs
  • Identify errors (such as diction, grammar, sentence construction, subject-verb agreement, proper word usage, and wordiness)
  • These scores are often used by colleges as a predictor of a student's ability to master academic subjects.

Many students take the SAT I twice and many colleges will use your highest combined score. We recommend that students take the SAT I first as a junior and then again as a senior. Some students do not study for this test, some study on their own, and some take test prep courses. Choose the method you think will work best for you. Practice materials developed by the College Board and ACT are available for practice in the School Counseling Office.

The College Board provides bulletins containing important information about the SAT I and II exams including test dates, fees, sample questions and an application form. Bulletins are available in the School Counseling Office.

Keep in mind there are fees for every exam for which you register. Late registration, while possible, will result in additional fees. Students also are less likely to be assigned to the test site of your first choice if you register late.

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