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
- 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.
SAT II: SAT Subject Tests