FAQíS THAT EVERY PARENT AND STUDENT SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE SAT

By: Ms. Damaris NuŮez - Former SAT Supervisor @ JFK Campus

Q: WHAT IS THE SAT?

A: The SAT of the Scholastic Aptitude Test is a globally recognized college admission test. Most students take the SAT during their junior and senior years of high school. Almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions. The combination of high school grades and SAT scores are the best predictors of college success.

Q: WHAT DOES THE SAT TEST?

A:
The SAT tests your knowledge of reading, writing, and math. The critical reading section includes reading passages and sentence completions. The writing section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage. The mathematics section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.

Q: HOW CAN I DO MY BEST ON THE SAT?

A:
The best way to get ready for the SAT is to take challenging courses, study hard, and read and write in and outside of the classroom. Thatís why the best SAT practice is the PSAT/NMSQT, offered in 10th and in 11th grade, because it covers the same subjects under timed conditions.

Q: WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT IN COLLEGE ADMISSION?

A:
Every college and university uses a different combination of criteria for admission. The SAT is just one factor among many that colleges use to get to know you better. Itís best to keep the test in perspective and understand that itís only part of a comprehensive admission process that also recognizes other factors, like extracurricular activities and personal recommendations.

Q: WHY TAKE THE SAT?

A:
There are many reasons to take the SAT, but here are a few:

For more information about the SAT please visit the College Board website.

For test dates and registration visit the SAT registration page.