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SAT Exam

Beginning in spring 2024, the SAT will be administered digitally. You can learn more about the digital SAT on the College Board website

What is on the tests?
The SAT is a multiple-choice test that measures a student’s reading, writing and math. The SAT takes about two hours and consists of two tests: (1) the Reading and Writing, and (2) Math. 

How is the test scored?
On the SAT, the reading and writing section and the math section are each scored on a 200- to 800-point scale for a combined score of 400 to 1600 points. For information on interpreting your child’s test scores, see the College Board website.

How are the results reported?
Students can access SAT test score reports if they have a College Board account. Encourage your child to speak to their school counselor if they need assistance with creating a student account. Students can send their SAT score to up to four colleges for free within nine days of taking the exam. After this window, there is a cost for sending scores to colleges. Speak to your child’s counselor to see if your child qualifies to send scores to an unlimited amount of colleges for free.

How are the results used?
Some colleges require SAT or ACT scores as part of the college application. In addition to college entrance exam scores, some colleges will also review your child’s grades, class rank, rigor of classes, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendations, college essays, and college interview. Colleges often look at all these elements of the application to evaluate your child’s readiness to succeed at their college. For questions about college admissions, consult with your child’s counselor.

View CUNY and SUNY admissions profiles to see average SAT scores for local colleges. Speak with your child’s school counselor to determine what colleges of interest require these exams.