About SAT
About SAT

The SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) is a standardized test that assesses knowledge of the American school curriculum for admission to colleges and universities in the United States. The exam is administered by the College Board organization. In Russia, the closest reference is USE (EGE).

The test lasts for 3 hours and consists of 3 parts.

Reading test

65 minutes

52 questions

Reading and text analysis.

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Writing and language test

35 minutes

44 questions

The writing section tests grammar and language skills.

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Math test

25 minutes

20 questions

Computational exercises without the aid of a calculator.

55 minutes

38 questions

Computational exercises using a calculator.

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Each section is worth between 200 and 800 points. Your final score can range from 400 to 1600 points. Scores above 1100 points increase your chances of getting into university. Some top universities, such as Ivy League universities, require scores above 1450.

Test details

Registration for the SAT is $60, plus a regional fee of $43.

The test is administered by the College Board. To take the exam, you must register at collegeboard.org and download the Bluebook app, which is a digital version of the SAT. The app is available on Windows, iPad, Chromebook, and macOS.

The device containing the app must be fully charged — it will remain on for 3 hours for the entire duration of the test. A power cord or portable charger can be used. Other electronic devices may not be allowed during the test.

During the test, students are allowed one break of 10 minutes between sections of the test. If you wish to take a break, leave all your devices in a visible place and keep your ID with you.

Test results will be posted on the College Board website approximately 2 weeks after passing.

What to bring on test day
  1. A fully charged device with the Bluebook app installed. A portable charger is also allowed.
  2. Calculator. The types of calculators allowed can be found on the organizer’s website.
  3. A built-in calculator is also available in the Bluebook app.
  4. Photo ID and admission ticket.
  5. Pencils or pens for rough calculations.
  6. Silent watch.
  7. Protective mask (if required at your test center).
  8. Beverage or snacks for an allotted break.
  9. Backup device for testing if you are unsure about the reliability of your primary device.
Nearest SAT dates
November 4, 2023 Registration by October 20, 2023
December 2, 2023 Registration by November 17, 2023
March 9, 2024 Registration by February 27, 2024
May 4, 2024 Registration by April 23, 2024
June 1, 2024 Registration until May 21, 2024

You can follow the schedule here: Satsuite.collegeboard.org.