IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL TEST TAKERS:
Sunday administrations occur the day after each Saturday test date, for students who cannot test on Saturday due to religious observance.
Language Test with Listenilng are offered only in November
U.S. deadlines apply to students testing in the United States, U.S. Territories, and Puerto Rico.
U.S. registration materials that are mailed must be postmarked by the U.S. deadline.
*On Mar 10, only the SAT Reasoning Test is offered.
What is the SAT Reasoning test?
The Reasoning Test is a three-hour test that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning and now includes the writing portion of the testing. Most colleges and universities require the Reasoning test scores for admission.
What are the SAT Subject Area tests?
The Subject Area Tests are one-hour subject tests that measure a student's knowledge of particular subjects. All University of California schools require two subject tests: one math and one elective. Students earning a score of 680 or more on the writing test are exempt from taking the UC Subject
How do I register for the tests?
You can find registration bulletins in the Career Center. You can complete and mail the registration in the envelope provided, or you can register or reregister online at http://www.collegeboard.com/. Mailed registration materials must be postmarked by the U.S. deadlines.
How much do the tests cost?
The test fees change yearly. Fee waivers are available in the Career Center to qualified juniors. Students will not be qualified for college application fee waivers unless SAT/ACT fee waivers have also been granted.
Where and when are the tests administered?
There are various testing centers throughout the state, and several testing dates throughout the year. For a complete list, pick up a registration bulletin in the Career Center.
How are the tests scored?
The Reasoning Test of verbal and math knowledge are each scored on a scale of 200-800, for a combined total score of 400-1600. The Subject Area tests are each scored on a scale of 200-800. There is a penalty for wrong answers.
When should juniors take the tests?
Take the tests in May or June or immediately after a subject such as biology or U.S. history, while the material is still fresh in your mind.
When should seniors take the tests?
Seniors should retake the test for higher test scores in October, November, or December. Some colleges, such as Chico, San Diego State, Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo, and Sonoma State will not accept test scores past October, san Jose State is requesing test by November, while no college will accept tests taken later than December of the students Senior year. Check college catalogs for more information.
Are the tests required for admission to community colleges?
No. Each community college has its own placement examinations. Check with each school for dates and locations.
Should I use the Score Choice option when I register for the Subject Area tests?
No. The Score Choice allows you to hold Subject Area test scores before sending them to colleges and scholarship programs; however, requests to release scores are often too late to meet some colleges' deadlines, so we strongly recommend that students not use this process. Colleges will choose only your highest scores for admission purposes.