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What is the SAT?

The SAT is a globally recognised college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge.

It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math in a multiple choice format. Almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

Taking the SAT is the first step in finding the right college for you, SAT scores are just one of many factors that colleges consider when making their admission decisions. High school grades are also very important. In fact, the combination of high school grades and SAT scores is the best predictor of your academic success in college. The SAT is designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students. The SAT keeps pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century.

The SAT measures students' verbal reasoning, critical reading, and math problem-solving skills. It tells colleges how well students use the skills and knowledge they've learned so far, both in and out of school.

Overseas students looking to attend a 4-year US College are normally required to take a SAT unless they are transferring directly form a UK university.

UK SAT Registration and Testing Dates

SAT Date Early Registration
via Representative
for Changes
Dec 7th 2013 Oct 30th 2013 Nov 8th 2013 Nov 25th 2013
Jan 25th 2014 Dec 18th 2013 Dec 27th 2013 Jan 14th 2014
May 3rd 2014 Mar 26th 2014 Apr 4th 2014 Apr 21th 2014
Jun 7th 2014 Apr 30th 2014 May 9th 2014 May 28th 2014

Taking Tests More than Once

You may take the SAT more than one time. If you take the test more than once, you may use your best component score from separate tests to meet the minimum test-score requirements.

Here is an example:

  Math + Verbal/Critical Reading Total Score
SAT (05/09) 560 520 1080
SAT (06/09) 650 460 1110
Best scores used 650 520 1170

Your test score is calculated using the math and verbal/critical reading subsections of the SAT, the writing component of the SAT is not used to determine your score.

Statistics show overseas students can expect to increase their score by approximately 10% by taking the test a second time.