What is the SAT?

The College Board's most recognized offering, the SAT, measures critical thinking, reasoning, and writing skills that students develop over time, both in and out of school, which are related to successful performance in college. The SAT measures how well students apply what they have learned in school to analyze and solve problems as they would in college. SAT scores are intended to supplement the secondary school record and help admission officers put local data -- such as course work, grades, and class rank -- in a national perspective.

  • The SAT Reasoning Test™ is a three-hour-and-45-minute test that measures critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills that students have developed over time and that they need to be successful in college. The new SAT is better aligned with current curriculum and institutional practices in high school and college. By including a third measure of skills, writing, the SAT reinforces the importance of writing throughout a student's education and will help colleges make better admissions and placement decisions. The new SAT was administered for the first time in March 2005 for the class of 2006.
  • The SAT Subject Tests™ are a battery of one-hour, mostly multiple-choice tests that measure how much students know about a particular academic subject and how well they can apply that knowledge.

How do I register for the SAT?

To register by mail for the SAT or SAT II, you need a Registration Bulletin which is available at your high school counselor's office or at the FLC Testing Center. The Registration Form and return envelope are included in the Registration Bulletin. Your completed registration form must be returned in the envelope provided with proper payment.

The Registration Bulletin contains test dates, registration deadlines, fees, instructions, test center codes, and other registration-related information. If you need more detailed information or a complete list of test centers ask your school counselor or librarian for the School Reference Copy of the Registration Bulletin.

It is best to register online for the SAT or SAT II, go to www.collegeboard.com.

To prepare for the exam, go to www.collegeboard.com and select "Prepare for the SAT", from there, select SAT Preparation Center to try exercises where you can learn about question types and their answers, as well as approaches for test day.

When are the next SAT exams to be held?

National Exam Schedule

What should I do on the day of the test?

Students should report to the lower level of Noble Hall (lobby area of room 130) no later than 7:45 a.m. for testing. Individual room assignments will be given at check-in. Students need to present their admission ticket and a current photo ID.

Stand-by options changed. For current information go to: http://sat.collegeboard.com/home as soon as possible to determine if a stand-by option is available.